Howard's Day Off - October 29 2016

Oct 29, 2016

---FIRST HALF HOUR---

:04—Kara Karayev (1918-1982): “General Dance,” from “In the Path of Thunder,” ballet, 1958, Dmitry Yablonsky, Royal Philharmonic [Naxos 573122].

:10—Tikhon Khrennikov (1913-2007): Violin Concerto No. 1 in C major, Op. 14, 1959, finale, Vadim Repin, violin, w/Vladimir Fedoseyev, Moscow Radio Symphony [Brilliant 9448].

:16—Boris Papandopoulo (1906-1991): Piano Concerto No. 2, first move., 1947, Oliver Triendl, piano w/Sreten Krstic, Zagreb Soloists [CPO 777 829]. Father a Russian aristocraft of Greek descent, mother Croatian.

:24—Rodion Shchedrin (1932- ): “Stihira: Hymn for the Millinary of the Christianization of Russia,” 1987, Mstislav Rostropovich, National Symphony of Washington D.C. [Elatus 49014]. The cellists hum their part before playing it.

---SECOND HALF HOUR---

:30—Aram Khachaturian (1903-1978): Symphony No. 3, entire, 1947, Loris Tjeknavorian, Armenian Philharmonic [ASV 858]. A stageful of extra trumpets! An organ!

:51—Aram Khachaturian (1903-1978): Love scene from the ballet “Spartacus,” 1956, Neeme Jarvi, Scottish National Orchestra [Chandos 8927].

---THIRD HALF HOUR---

:04—Dmitry Kabalevsky (1904-1987): “Comedians” Galop,” Op. 26, 1940, Vassily Sinaisky, BBC Philharmonic [Chandos 10052].

:06—Dmitry Kabalevsky (1904-1987): Cello Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 77, 1964, middle move., Raphael Wallfisch, cello, w/Bryden Thomson, London Philharmonic [Chandos 10011].

:15—Tikhon Khrennikov (1913-2007): Piano Concerto No. 2 in C major, Op. 21, 1972, middle move., Evgeny Kissin, piano, Vladimir Fedoseyev, Moscow Radio Symphony [Brilliant 9448].

:21—Edvard Mirzoyan (1921-2012): Symphony for Timpani and Strings, second move., 1962, Roland Melia, St. Petersburg Chamber Symphony [ASV 015].

---FOURTH HALF HOUR---

:30—Dmitry Kabalevsky (1904-1987): Overture to “Colas Breugnon,” Op. 24, 1938, Vassily Sinaisky, BBC Philharmonic [Chandos 10052].

:35—Boris Papandopoulo (1906-1991): Sinfonietta, Op. 69, 1938, finale, Sreten Krstic, Zagreb Soloists [CPO 777 829].

(TRICK QUESTION: WHAT IS THIS COMPOSER UP TO?)

:42—Alfred Schnittke (1934-1998): Concerto Grosso No. 3, first move., Riccardo Chailly, Concertgebouw Amsterdam [London 430 638]. Said his life’s work was to blend all styles of serious and light music even if he broke his neck trying.

:45—Kara Karayev (1918-1982): “The Dance of the Clowns,” from “Seven Beauties,” 1953, Dmitry Yablonsky, Royal Philharmonic [Naxos 573122].

:48—Tikhon Khrennikov (1913-2007): Violin Concerto No. 2 in C major, Op. 23, 1975, first move., Maxim Vengerov, violin, w/Vladimir Fedoseyev, Moscow Radio Symphony [Brilliant 9448].

:52—Nikolai Myaskovsky (1881-1950): Symphony No. 27 in c minor, Op. 85, finale, Evgeny Svetlanov, Russian Academic Symphony [Olymipia 741/ALC 1021]. Raised by an aunt who sang in the Saint Petersburg opera. Friend of Prokofiev, promoter of Stravinsky.