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Saturday Afternoon Classical for 5/30/2009

This week: two more live performances by the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam (Beethoven's Piano Concerto No.2 with Martha Argerich, and Schoenberg's Pelleas et Melisande). Also: music for violin and piano by Joaquin Turina; an opera overture by Schubert; a Beethoven string quartet; and music for orchestra by late 19th-century American composer Arthur Foote.

HOUR ONE

BEETHOVEN: Piano Concerto No.2 in Bb, op.19 (Martha Argerich, piano; Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam, Neeme Järvi conducting). From Radio Netherlands' 14-disc box set, "Anthology of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra--Live: The Radio Recordings 1980-1990 (Vol.5)." (RCO 08005)

JOAQUIN TURINA: El poema de una sanluqueña for violin and piano (Eva León, violin; Jordi Masó, piano) Naxos 8.570402

HOUR TWO

SCHUBERT: Overture to the opera Fierabras, D.796 (Christian Benda conducts the Prague Sinfonia) Naxos 8.570329

SCHOENBERG: Pelleas und Melisande (Symphonic Poem), op.5 (Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam/Christoph von Dohnányi) Radio Netherlands box set as above (RCO 08005)

HOUR THREE

JOHN JENKINS (1592-1678): Suite in A mnior for violin and viola da gamba (played by members of "Hamburger Ratmusik") Phoenix Edition 101 (German import CD)

BEETHOVEN: String Quartet in C minor, op.18 no.4 (Pavel Haas Quartet) BBC Music Magazine BBC MM-305

Arthur FOOTE (1853-1937): Four Character Pieces after the Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám, op.48 (Seattle Symphony Orchestra/Gerard Schwarz) Naxos 8.559365