Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Letter V Classical Radio this week

A new year, a new crop of musical anniversaries to mark: The 150th birthdays of Erik Satie and Ferrucio Busoni; the centenaries of the deaths of Enrique Granados, George Butterworth (both casualties of World War I) and Max Reger; and 50th, 100th, 150th and 200th anniversaries of works by composers ranging from Rossini and Schubert to Shostakovich and Ligeti.

Jan. 7
1-5 p.m. EST
1800-2200 UTC/GMT
WDCE, University of Richmond
90.1 FM

Rossini: “The Barber of Seville” Overture
Chamber Orchestra of Europe/Claudio Abbado (Deutsche Grammophon)

Past Masters:
Dohnányi: “Variations on a Nursery Song”
Erno Dohnányi, piano
London Symphony Orchestra/
Lawrance Collingwood
(EMI Classics)
(recorded 1931)

Debussy: Sonata for flute, viola and harp
Mathieu Dufour, flute
Gérard Caussé, viola
Isabelle Moretti, harp (Harmonia Mundi)

Ligeti: “Lux aeterna”
North German Radio Choir/Helmut Franz (Deutsche Grammophon)

“A Shropshire Lad”
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic/
Grant Llewellyn (Argo)

Reger: “Four Tone Poems
after Arnold Böcklin”
Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra/Neeme Järvi (Chandos)

Granados: “Goyescas,” Book 2 – “Love and Death”
Jean-François Heisser, piano (Apex)

Past Masters:
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 1 in G minor
(“Winter Dreams”)
I: Allegro tranquillo
London Symphony Orchestra/
Igor Markevitch
(Newton Classics)
(recorded 1966)

Cello Concerto No. 2
Heinrich Schiff, cello
Bavarian Radio
Symphony Orchestra/
Maxim Shostakovich (Decca)

Rachmaninoff: “Études-tableaux,” Op. 39, Nos. 2-3
Sviatoslav Richter, piano (Regis)

Satie: “Trois Gymnopédies”
Satie: “Sonatine bureaucratique”
Satie: “Avant-dernières pensées” 
Aldo Ciccolini, piano
(EMI Classics)

Past Masters:
Schubert: Symphony
No. 4 in C minor (“Tragic”)
Vienna Philharmonic/
István Kertész
(recorded 1970)

Past Masters:
J.S. Bach: Partita in D minor, BWV 1004 – Chaconne
(transcribed by Ferrucio Busoni)
Ferrucio Busoni, piano (Dal Segno)
(1914 piano roll)