Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Afternoon Classics - Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Today is the Feast of St. John the Baptist according to many calendars in Europe and there are traditions about the Eve of St. John's Day. We have a piece of music about that for today, but to start:
Berlioz: Roman Carnival Overture, performed by the Staatskapelle Dresden led by Sir Colin Davis.
Moussorgsky: A Night on the Bare Mountain (St John's Eve on Bare Mountain) Valery Gergiev conducting the Vienna Philharmonic. (It seems weird for a summer piece but it was to mark the "middle" of summer.)
Fauré: Quartet for Piano, Violin, Viola and Cello No. 2 in G minor, Op. 45, Emmanuel Ax on the piano, Isaac Stern on the violin, Jaime Laredo on viola and Yo-Yo Ma on the cello.
Stravinsky: The Firebird, conducted by the composer with the Columbia Symphony Orchestra.
Vaughan Williams: Symphony No. 6 in E minor, the London Philharmonic conducted by Bernard Haitink.
Beethoven: Romance for violin and orchestra, No. 2 in F major, Op. 50, played by violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter with Kurt Masur conducting the New York Philharmonic.
Copland: Four Dance Episodes from Rodeo, Antal Dorati conducting the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.
Brahms: Violin Sonata No. 1 in G, Op. 78, Itzhak Perlman on the violin and Vladimir Ashkenazy at the piano.
Stravinsky: Bluebird - Pas de Deux, the composer conducting the Columbia Symphony Orchestra.

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