July the 15th is without any great events to memorialize it so we don't need a strong theme today - just music. To fill that need we will hear from composers from all around Europe most adding a just a little bit of brightness to our afternoon. So here we go:
Overture to "Il Talismano" by Antonio Salieri. Michael Dittrich conducting the Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra.
Ecologue for Piano and Strings by Gerald Finzi. Martin Jones - piano; William Boughton and the English String Orchestra.
Concerto for Cello and Orchestra, Op. 40 by Gerald Finzi. Tim Hughes - cello; Howard Griffiths and the Northern Sinfonia.
Grand Fantasia and Toccata, Op. 28 by Gerald Finzi. Peter Donohoe - piano; Howard Griffiths directing the Northern Sinfonia.
Hebridean Symphony (think of Mendelssohn's Hebrides Overture) by Sir Granville Bantock. Adrien Leaper conducting the Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra.
Adagio with variations for cello & orchestra by Ottorino Respighi. Alexander Bailie - cello; Geoffrey Simon leading The Philharmonia.
Theme ad Variations, Op. 5 by Dmitri Shostakovich. Leon Botstein and the London Philharmonic Orchestra.
Beni Mora (Oriental Suite) by Gustav Holst. David Lloyd-Jones conducting the Royal Scottish National Orchestra.
Chamber Concerto for piano and strings by Frank Bridge. Carol Rosenberger - piano; Constantine Orbelian conducting the Moscow Chamber Orchestra.
The Tale the Pine Trees Knew (1931) by Sir Arnold Bax. David Lloyd-Jones leading the Royal Scottish National Orchestra.
Brook Green Suite by Gustav Holst with David Lloyd-Jones conducting the Royal Ballet Sinfonia.