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Saturday Afternoon Classical 11-21-2009

This week: the Fine Arts Quartet plays Franck's String Quartet in D; young German virtuoso Martin Helmchen performs the supposedly "unplayable" Dvorak Piano Concerto; also Roussel's Symphony No.1, "Poem of the Forest." And we'll hear Sergei Rachmaninoff playing his own piano music ("recreated" on a computer-controlled Steinway), as well as his "Elegiac Trio No.1" performed by Lang Lang, Vadim Repin and Mischa Maisky.

1pm-2pm

FRANCK: String Quartet in D major (Fine Arts Quartet) (43:39) CD TITLE: "Franck--String Quartet/Piano Quintet" (Naxos 8.572009)

RACHMANINOFF: Etude-Tableau in C, op.33 nos.2; Moment Musical in Eb minor, op.16 no.2 (recorded by pianist Sergei Rachmaninoff on 78-rpm discs in 1940, and re-created last April on a computer-controlled 1909 Steinway concert grand by Zenph Studios) (7:00) CD TITLE: "Rachmaninoff Plays Rachmaninoff" (RCA 88697-48971-2)

2pm-3pm

VAUGHAN WILLIAMS: English Folk Song Suite (Royal Liverpool Philharmonic/James Judd) (9:17) CD TITLE: "Vaughan Williams: Piano Concerto" (Naxos 8.572304)

DVORAK: Piano Concerto in G minor, op.33 (Martin Helmchen, piano; Strasbourg Philharmonic/Marc Albrecht) (40:04) CD TITLE: "Schumann/Dvorak: Piano Concertos" (Pentatone PTC 5186 333; SuperAudio CD)

3pm-4pm

RACHMANINOFF: Trio Elegiaque No.1 in G minor (Lang Lang, piano; Vadim Repin, violin; Mischa Maisky, cello) (14:56) CD TITLE: "Tchaikovsky/Rachmaninov: Piano Trios" (Deutsche Grammophon B0013504-02GH)

ROUSSEL: Symphony No.1, "Poem of the Forest" (Royal Scottish National Orchestra/Stephane Deneve) (35:30) CD TITLE: "Roussel: Symphony No.1" (Naxos 8.570323)