Saturday, December 20 2014

---FIRST HALF HOUR---

:04—Francis Chagrin (1905-1972): “Renaissance Suite, pavane and galliard, 1969, Gavin Sutherland, Royal Ballet Sinfonia [Naxos 8.557752].

:07—Jacques de Gallot, arr. Ottorino Respighi (1879-1936): “The Dove,” from “The Birds,” Hugh Wolff, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra [Teldec 91729].

:12—Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958): Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis, William Boughton, English String Orchestra [Nimbus 5019].

---SECOND HALF HOUR---

:30—Francis Chagrin (1905-1972): “Renaissance Suite, canzona, 1969, Gavin Sutherland, Royal Ballet Sinfonia [Naxos 8.557752].

:32—Roy Douglas (1908- ): Cantilena, David Lloyd-Jones, Royal Ballet Sinfonia [Naxos 8.554186].

:40—Benjamin Britten (1910- ): Galliard from “Gloriana” Symphonic Suite, Takuo Yuasa, Liverpool Philharmonic [EMI 2231].

:43—Maurice Ravel (1875-1937): “Le Tombeau de Couperin,” forlane, Yuki Nagai, piano [BIS 246].

:49—Maurice Ravel (1875-1937): “Le Tombeau de Couperin,” forlane, Claudio Abbado, London Symphony [DG 423 665-2].

:55—Cecil Armstrong Gibbs (1889-1960): March from Miniature Dance Suite, David Lloyd-Jones, Royal Ballet Sinfonia [Naxos 8.554186].

:58—Chip Davis (1947- ): “Red Wine,” Mannheim Steamroller, from “Fresh Aire IV,” [AG 5004-2].

---THIRD HALF HOUR---

:04—Francis Chagrin (1905-1972): “Renaissance Suite, introduction, 1969, Gavin Sutherland, Royal Ballet Sinfonia [Naxos 8.557752].

:06—Edward Elgar (1857-1934): Burlesco from “Spanish Lady Suite,” William Boughton English String Orchestra [Nimbus 5008].

:08—Ottorino Respighi (1879-1936): Ancient Airs & Dances, Suite No. 3, first move., Hugh Wolff, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra [Teldec 91729-2].

:12—Lou Harrison (1917-2003): An Estampie for Susan Summerfield, Dennis Russell Davies, Cabrillo Music Festival Orchestra [MusicMasters 67073-2].

:17—Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971): Tarantella and Toccata from “Pulcinella,” Yuri Temirkanov, Royal Philharmonic [RCA Victor 60394-2].

:21-- Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971): Octet, finale, John Whitfield, Endymion Ensemble [EMI 49786-2].

:25—John Rutter (1945- ): “Suite Antique,” finale, John McMurtery, flute w/Kevin Mallon, West Side Chamber Orchestra [Naxos 8.573146].

---FOURTH HALF HOUR---

:30—Jacques Ibert (1890-1962): “Elizabethan Suite,” prelude, Richard Auldon Clark, Manhattan Chamber Orchestra [Newport Classic 85531].

:33—Francis Chagrin (1905-1972): “Renaissance Suite, finale, 1969, Gavin Sutherland, Royal Ballet Sinfonia [Naxos 8.557752].

:35—Benjamin Britten (1913-1978): March and Coranto from “Gloriana” Symphonic Suite, Takuo Yuasa, Liverpool Philharmonic [EMI 2231].

:38—Jean Francaix (1912-1997): Harpsichord Concerto, first toccata, Christopher Lewis, harpsichord w/Kevin Mallon, West Side Chamber Orchestra [Naxos 8.573146].

:41—Ron Nelson (1929- ): “For Katharine in April (Sarabande),” Howard Hanson, Eastman-Rochester Orchestra [Mercury 434 347-2]. The composer, retired in Arizona, is famous for wind works.

:46—Benjamin Britten (1913-1978): Variation No. 8 from “Lachrymae, Reflections on a Song of John Dowland,” William Boughton, English String Orchestra [Nimbus 5025].

:48—Cecil Armstrong Gibbs (1889-1960): “Graceful Dance,” from Miniature Dance Suite, David Lloyd-Jones, Royal Ballet Sinfonia [Naxos 8.554186].

:50—Maurice Ravel (1875-1937): “Le Tombeau de Couperin,” toccata, Yuki Nagai, piano [BIS 246].

:55—Chip Davis (1947- ): “Sara’s Band,” Mannheim Steamroller, from “Fresh Aire I,” [AG 5001-2].

Saturday, December 13 2014

---FIRST HALF HOUR---

:04—Bernard Rogers (1893-1968): “Dances With Pennons,” Frederick Fennell, Eastman Wind Ensemble [Mercury 432 754].

:08—James Yannatos (1929-2011): “Aria,” from Sym. No. 3, “Prisms,” James Yannatos, Harvard-Radcliffe Orchestra [Albany 400].

:12—Lester Trimble (1923-1986): Sym. No. 3, “Tricentennial,” finale, Julius Hegyi, Albany Symphony [CRI 555].

:22—Virgil Thomson (1896-1989): “Symphony on a Hymn Tune,” third move., 1928, James Sedares, New Zealand Symphony [Naxos 8.559022].

:26—Marc Blitzstein (1905-1964): Piano Concerto, excerpt, 1931, Michael Barrett, piano; Lukas Foss, Brooklyn Philharmonic [CRI 554].

---SECOND HALF HOUR---

:30—Philip Glass (1937- ): Harpsichord Concerto, first move., Christopher Lewis, harpsichord and John McMurtery, flute w/Kevin Mallon, West Side Chamber Orchestra [Naxos 8.573146].

:39—Adolphus Hailstork (1941- ): Sym. No. 3, scherzo, 2003, David Lockington, Grand Rapids Symphony [Naxos 8.559295].

:44—Aaron Copland (1900-1990): Short Symphony, finale, 1933, Leonard Slatkin, Saint Louis Symphony [RCA 68292].

:50—Roy Harris (1898-1979): “Recreation,” 1942, Geoffrey Burleson, piano [Naxos 8.559664].

:54—David Diamond (1915-2005): Rounds for String for Orchestra, finale, Gerard Schwarz, Seattle Sym. [Delos 3189].

---THIRD HALF HOUR---

:04--Virgil Thomson (1896-1989): Sym. No. 2, first move., 1941, James Sedares, New Zealand Symphony [Naxos 8.559022].

:09—Roy Harris (1898-1979): Violin Concerto, excerpt, Gregory Fulkerson, violin w/Lawrence Leighton Smith, Louisville Orchestra [Albany 012].

:20-- Harold Shapero (1920-2013): “Symphony for Classical Orchestra,” scherzo, Andre Previn, Los Angeles Philharmonic [New World 373].

:26—Easley Blackwood (1933- ): Sym. No. 5, excerpt from finale, Charles Munch, Boston Symphopny [Cedille 90000].

---FOURTH HALF HOUR---

:30—Walter Piston (1894-1976): Sym. No. 3, finale, James Yannatos, Harvard-Radcliffe Orchestra [Albany 400].

:36—David Ward-Steinman (1936- ): Concerto No. 2 for Chamber Orchestra, first move., 1962, David Amos, City of London Sinfonia [Harmonia Mundi 906011].

:43—Quincy Jones (1933- ): “Meet Benny Bailey,” Quincy Jones & His Orchestra, from “Big Band Renaissance” [Smithsonian 17618].  

:46-- Roy Harris (1898-1979): “Orchestrations,” 1972, Geoffrey Burleson, piano [Naxos 8.559664].

:48—Philip Glass (1937- ): Harpsichord Concerto, finale, Christopher Lewis, harpsichord, w/Kevin Mallon, West Side Chamber Orchestra [Naxos 8.573146].

:54--Aaron Copland (1900-1990): Dance Symphony, finale, 1929, Leonard Slatkin, Saint Louis Symphony [RCA 68292].

Saturday, December 6 2014

---FIRST HALF HOUR---

:04—William Walton (1902-1983): Funeral March from “Hamlet,” Neville Marriner, Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields [Chandos 8842].

:08—Vaughan Williams (1872-1958): “A Pastoral Symphony,” slow move., 1922, Adrian Boult, London Philharmonic, 1968 [EMI 64018]. Studying ancient music provided him with a lifetime of inspiration.

:16--Arthur Honegger (1892-1955): Sym. No. 4, “Basel Delights,” first move., Jesus Lopez-Cobos, Laussanne Chamber Orchestra [Virgin Classics 91486-2].

---SECOND HALF HOUR---

:30—Arthur Bliss (1891-1975): “Blue,” from “A Colour Symphony,” 1922-1932, Vernon Handley, Ulster Orchestra [Chandos 10221].

:40—Vaughan Williams (1872-1958): Sym. No. 5, slow move., 1943, Andre Previn, London Symphony [RCA Victor 60586-2].

:54—Howard Hanson (1896-1981): Sym. No. 6, slow move. (1968), Gerard Schwarz, Seattle Symphony [Naxos 8.559704].

---THIRD HALF HOUR---

:04—Jean Sibelius (1865-1957): Sym. No. 6, scherzo, 1923, Jukka-Pekka Saraste, Finnish Radio Symphony [RCA Victor 60157-2].

:08—Franz Schreker (1878-1934): Chamber Symphony, scherzo, Franz Welser-Most, Salzburg Chamber Academy [EMI 27973].

:15—Edward Elgar (1857-1934): Sym. No. 2, third move., Andre Previn, Royal Philharmonic [Philips 454250-2].

:24—Frank Bridge (1879-1941): Suite for Strings, finale, William Boughton, English String Orchestra [Nimbus 5068].

---FOURTH HALF HOUR---

:30—Arnold Schoenberg (1874-1951): Second Chamber Symphony, scherzo and finale, 1906-1939, Mario Venzago, German Chamber Symphony [Virgin Classics 91173].

:42—Vernon Duke: “The Poet and His Wife,” from “Homage to Boston,” 1945, Scott Dunn, piano [Naxos 8.559286].

:44—Joaquin Turina (1882-1949): Violin Sonata No. 2, middle move., Marianna Thorsen, violin; Ian Brown, piano [Hyperion 67889].

:47—Alan Hovhaness (1911-2000): Sym. No. 2, “Mysterious Mountain,” finale, Dennis Russell Davies, American Composers Orchestra [MusicMasters 60204].

:53—Erich Korngold (1897-1957): Second Quartet, first move., 1933, Doric String Quartet (Chandos 10611].

Saturday, November 29 2014

---FIRST HALF HOUR---

:04—Ralph Vaughan Williams: “Intermezzo,” from “The Mayor of Casterbridge,” incidental music to a Hardy dramatization, 1951, Paul Daniel, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic [Albion 016].

:07—Ralph Vaughan Williams: “Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis,” Barry Wordsworth, New Queen’s Hall Orchestra [London 455 612-2].

:24—Percy Grainger: Hill-Song No. 2, Geoffrey Simon, Melbourne Symphony [Koch 3-7003-2].

---SECOND HALF HOUR---

:30—Peter Warlock: “Capriol Suite,” first move., Richard Studt, Bournemouth Sinfonietta [Naxos 8.550823].

:33—Howard Hanson: “Fantasy Variations on a Theme of Youth,” Carol Rosenberger, piano w/Gerard Schwarz, Seattle Symphony [Delos 3092].

:45—Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov: “Russian Easter Overture,” Op. 36, Eugene Ormandy, Philadelphia Orchestra [Sony 89956].

---THIRD HALF HOUR---

:04—Ralph Vaughan Williams: “Casterbridge,” from “The Mayor of Casterbridge,” incidental music to a Hardy dramatization, Paul Daniel, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic [Albion 016].

:07—Samuel Barber: “Second Essay for Orchestra,” Op. 17, Neeme Jarvi, Detroit Symphony [Chandos 9908].

:17—William Grant Still (1895-1978): Sym. No. 4, finale, 1947, John Jeter, Ft. Smith Symphony [Naxos 8.559603].

---FOURTH HALF HOUR---

:30—Samuel Barber: “Essay for Orchestra,” Op. 12, David Zinman, Baltimore Symphony [Argo 436 288-2].

:38—Gustav Holst: Ostinato, middle move. From “St. Paul’s Suite,” Richard Studt, Bournemouth Sinfonietta [Naxos 8.550823].

:40—John Williams: “Essay for Strings,” Ronald Feldman, London Symphony [Denouement Records 1003].

:46-- Samuel Barber: “Third Essay for Orchestra,” Op. 47, Neeme Jarvi, Detroit Symphony [Chandos 9908].