Today, a sparkling ballet score by Glazunov that pays homage to the French rococo period. Also, Haydn's great "Emperor" string quartet, and a symphony by his younger brother Michael; Vaughan Williams' The Lark Ascending; a symphony by American composer Roy Harris; and a violin sonata by Gade.
Virtuoso violin concertos by Joseph Joachim and Karol Szymanowski begin and end today's show. Also: Missouri State University's Missouri Chamber Players perform some neo-romantic chamber music by contemporary American composer Richard Faith; the Fort Smith Symphony plays a symphony by William Grant Still; and the legendary Fritz Busch conducts Richard Strauss's Don Juan in a remastered recording from 1936.
Today, Martha Argerich plays Beethoven's 1st Piano Concerto. Also: Ravel's Violin Sonata; a flute concerto by Johann Stamitz; the 1901 Violin Concerto by Swiss composer Emile Jaques-Dalcroze; a couple of Rossini's "Sins of Old Age" for piano; and Dvorak's Quartet No.1 for piano & strings.
An all Christmas show this afternoon, including both familiar and unusual works: Leroy Anderson's popular Suites of Carols; Sir Arnold Bax's tone poem Christmas Eve; the "Santa Claus Symphony" by 19th century American William Henry Fry; Howard Hanson's Dies Natalis (based on an old Lutheran Christmas chorale tune); a "pastoral concerto" from Baroque composer John Christopf Pez; and Serenade for a Christmas Night by contemporary California composer Conrad Susa. We'll also sample local classical guitarist John Waldo's newly-released CD "Christmas Classical Guitar."
Today: music for the Christmas season by Stravinsky (based on music of Bach), Otto Nicolai (his Christmas Overture) and Benjamin Britten (Men of Goodwill). Also: Chopin's Piano Sonata No.2 in an early-1950s recording by Leonard Pennario; Mendelssohn's Concerto for Two Pianos in E; an overture by Veracini; and Manuel Ponce's "Variations and Fugue on 'Folias de España" for guitar.
MOZART: Piano Concerto No. 18 in Bb, K.456 (Martha Argerich, piano; Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Eugen Jochum conducting) (recorded live in June 1973) (29:34) CD TITLE: "Martha Argerich--Beethoven/Mozart Klavierkonzerte" (BR Klassik 403571900701)
Johann STAMITZ (1717-1757): FLute Concerto in C (Robert Aitken, flute; St. Christopher Chamber Orchestra, Vilnius, Lithuana--Donatas Katkus conducting) (21:23) CD TITLE: "Stamitz: Flute Concertos" (Naxos 8.570150)
MAHLER: Symphony No.2 in C minor, Resurrection (Miah Persson, soprano; Christianne Stotijn, mezzo-soprano; Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, Bernard Haitink conducting; recorded live in November 2008) (1:22:02) CD TITLE: "Mahler 2" (CSO-Resound CSOR-901 916)
BEETHOVEN: Quintet in Eb for piano and winds, op.16 (performed on period instruments by pianist Jan Vermeulen and members of "Il Gardellino"(26:13) CD TITLE: "Mozart/Beethoven--Quintets for Pianoforte and Winds" (Accent ACC-24201)
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.
This week: chamber music by two now little-known 19th-century Germans, Carl Gottlieb Reissiger and Ludwig Thiulle. Also, the Beethoven Violin Concerto; Rachmaninoff's Symphony No.2; and a fun set of piano variations on, believe it or not, "Chopsticks."
This week: young violin sensations Janine Jansen and Arabella Steinbacher; also the great American pianist Leonard Pennario in a recording from the early 1950s. And: music by Schubert arranged and orchestrated by a great conductor of the early 20th century, Felix Weingartner.
Randy's on vacation this week, so the Classical 24 hosts are filling in with Halloween-flavored selections including Chadwick's "Hobgoblin;" Dukas' "Sorcerer's Apprentice;" and the "Witches' Sabbath" from Berlioz' Symphonie Fantastique.
This week: a new CD from Deutsche Grammophon featuring pianist Lang Lang in his first chamber music recording. Also: a symphony by "the Dean of African-American Composers," William Grant Still, played by the Fort Smith (AR) Symphony; and the huge and difficult (for the soloist!) Violin Concerto in the Hungarian Style by Joseph Joachim.
In between pledge breaks(!), this Saturday's program features Ravel's piano suite Gaspard de la nuit; Brahms' Clarinet Sonata No.1; the Concerto No.2 in Ab for Two Pianos by Mendelssohn; James Galway playing Debussy's Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun; and concluding with Schubert's Symphony No.5.
This week, a new computerized re-creation (or "re-performance") of two of Sergei Rachmaninoff's 78-rpm discs from the 1920s; Benjamin Britten's rarely-heard Violin Concerto from 1940; the unusual Concerto for String Quartet and Orchestra by Louis Spohr; and flutist Robert Stallman's latest project: transcriptions of Schubert's piano and violin sonatas for flute and strings.
This week: Rachmaninoff's Etudes-Tableaux for piano; a violin, viola and orchestra work by Carl Stamitz; Schubert's "Trout" Quintet; a new work by Chinese-born composer Bright Sheng, played by harpist Yolanda Kondonassis; and the Symphony No.80 by Haydn.
This week: Zuill Bailey and Simone Dinnerstein play a Beethoven cello sonata; violinist Thomas Zehetmair plays a couple of Paganini Caprices; Handel's Water Music Suites; a violin concerto by Danish composer Peter Lange-Müller and a piano quintet by Ludwig Thuille.
We'll hear from new CDs by soprano Renée Fleming and the late Cincinnati Pops conductor Erich Kunzel. Also, an rare recording by violinist Gioconda de Vito; a cello concerto by Carl Stamitz; more chamber music with the Leipzig Gewandhaus Quartet; Janáček's Taras Bulba; and Brahms' Serenade No.1 in D.
This week: Handel was the only Baroque composer to write "water music"--his colleague Telemann's "Hamburg Harbor Ebb and Flow" opens the program. Also, a violin concerto by 19th-century Danish composer Niels Gade; Bach's Keyboard Partita No.1 in a new recording by pianist Andras Schiff; a concerto by Michael Haydn (Joseph's younger brother); and Schubert's great String Quintet in C.
This week, symphonic music abounds, with Haydn's "Philosopher" Symphony (No.22); Mahler's Symphony No.5; Carl Nielsen's Symphony No.5; the late-Romantic tone poem "Im Sommerwind" by the young Anton Webern; and a Fantasia on Russian Folksongs for piano and orchestra by Anton Arensky.
Today we range from the late 15th century to the 20th, celebrating James Galway's 70th birthday along the way, and featuring a Beethoven string quartet and Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto no.1 performed by two Russian titans, pianist Sviatoslav Richter and conductor Yegveny Mravinsky.
This week we'll hear a Haydn symphony that borrows its themes from Gregorian chant; a VERY early Beethoven work (he was 12 or 13 when he wrote it!); music for violin and orchestra by Khachaturian that he said was a cross between a "concerto" and a "rhapsody"; and two great 20th-century symphonies by Roussel and Martinu, recorded live by the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam.