Friday, April 27, 2012

Afternoon Classics, Friday, April 27

Hosted by Larry West

Agostino Guerrieri, Sonate di violino a 2, "La Lucina" (1676)
Parnassi Musici
CPO 2012

Leon Levitch (b. 1927)*, Quartet for flute, viola, cello and piano, Op. 3
Sheridan Stokes, flute; Sven Reher, viola; Irma Vallecillo-Gray, piano
Cambria 1995

Albert Roussel, Sinfonietta for strings, Op. 52 (1934)
Tapiola Sinfonietta, Paavo Järvi
BIS 1993

Giovanni Gabrieli (1554-1612), Trumpet Sonata No. 5 in C
Martin Weller, trumpet; Martin Hoffman, organ
Coviello 2003

Interview with Bruce Simonson, who will direct Juneau Lyric Opera's performances of Handel's Messiah in three parts on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, April 27-29 at Juneau's Thunder Mountain High School Auditorium. Log on to the Juneau Lyric Opera's website for tickets or more information.

Franz Schubert, Violin Sonata in A, Op. 162, D. 574 (1851)
Dorota Anderszewska, violin; Piotr Anderszewski, piano
CD Accord 2012

Manuel de Falla, Homenaje pour "Le tombeau de Claude Debussy" (1920)
Miguel Baselga, piano
BIS 1996

Albert Roussel, Symphony No. 2 in B-flat, Op. 23 (1921)
Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Stéphane Denève
Naxos 2008

*Leon Levitch was born in Belgrade, Yugoslavia. His early education was interrupted by the Nazi invasion of his country. His family managed to evade the Nazis for nine months by hiding in the mountains until they were captured by Mussolini's army and interned in northern Italy. A year-and-one-half later the family was transferred to a concentration camp in southern Italy. In 1944, the Levitch family was among a group of less than a thousand Jews rescued by the United States government. They were brought to the U.S. and interned in a camp at Oswego, N.Y. until the end of the War. They then entered the United States as refugees. In the internment camps, young Leon acquired the skills of piano tuning while devoting himself to composition and the study of music in general. Mr. Levitch completed his education in California. He studied piano with Jakob Gimpel and began studying at Los Angeles City College. Almost immediately he was drafted into the Army. Just before being shipped to Korea, it was discovered that he was really exempt from the draft because he had been in a concentration camp. He was honorably discharged and allowed to complete his education under the G.I. Bill. He continued his studies with Roy Harris at UCLA, but in 1967 he was in a terrible auto accident. While he was in the hospital, Harris came to his bed weekly to continue to teach him. For more than forty years Leon Levitch has supported himself and his family as a piano technician while pursuing his vocation as a composer. Source: ArkivMusic.com.

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