Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Afternoon Classics - Tuesday, March 9, 2010

There are three composers whose birthdays are being celebrated today. The first is CPE (Carl Phillipe Emmanuel) Bach. He was the number three son of the great composer and the one who best followed in his footsteps - I think. Along with good old CPE we will also celebrate the birthdays of Maurice Ravel and Samuel Barber. So - for the music:

Orchestral Symphony in D minor, Wq 183, No. 2 by CPE Bach performed by Hartmut Haenchen and the CPE Bach Chamber Orchestra
Piano Trio (1914) of Maurice Ravel played passionately by the Eroica Trio
Sonata for violin and piano in G minor by Maurice Ravel (a great way to beat up a violin!) with James Ehnes - violin and Windy Chen - piano
Piano Concerto in G for Left Hand by Maurice Ravel. Michele Campanella - piano, Gianluigi Gelmetti conducting the Radio-Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart
La Valse by Maurice Ravel with Georges Petre conducting the Radio-Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart
Tzigane by Maurice Ravel, James Ehnes - violin; Windy Chen - piano
School for Scandel - Overture, Op. 5 by Samuel Barber, Leonard Slatkin and the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra
Summer Music for wind quintet, Op. 31 by Samuel Barber with Jeanne Baxtresser - flute; Stanley Drucker - clarinet; Joseph Robinson - oboe; Judith LeClair - bassoon; Philip Meyers - French horn
Symphony No. 1, Op. 8 by Samuel Barber with Leonard Slatkin and the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra
Piano Concerto, Op. 38 by Samuel Barber with John Browning - piano; Leonard Slatkin St. Louis Symphony Orchestra
Concerto for Violin and Orchestra, Op. 14 by Samuel Barber with Robert McDuffie - violin and Yoel Levi and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
Adagio for Stringsby Samuel Barber again Leonard Slatkin and the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra

And that finishes this celebration of two great modern composers.

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