Howard's Day Off - October 8 2016

Oct 8, 2016

---FIRST HALF HOUR---

:04—Louis Spohr (1784-1859): String Quintet in A minor, Op. 91, slow move., 1833, Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chamber Ensemble [Chandos 9424].

:10—Carl Czerny (1791-1857): “Grand Nocturne Brilliant,” Op. 95, 1826, Rosemary Tuck w/Richard Bonynge, English Chamber Orchestra [Naxos 573417]. Student of Beethoven, teacher of Liszt, prolific producer of light piano pieces in the early 1800s.

---SECOND HALF HOUR---

:30—Carl Maria von Weber (1786-1826): Overture to “Euryanthe,” 1823, Herbert von Karajan, Berlin Philharmonic [DG 419 070].

:40—Carl Czerny (1791-1857): Symphony No. 5 in E major, first move., 1845, Nikos Athinaos, Brandenburg State Orchestra of Frankfurt [CHE 0152]. Never heard in Czerny’s lifetime, manuscript found after his death.

:53—Louis Spohr (1784-1959): Double Quartet No. 1 in D minor, Op. 65, 1823, scherzo, Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chamber Ensemble [Hyperion 66141]. One of the catchiest chamber movements in the entire classical literature.

---THIRD HALF HOUR---

:04—Carl Maria von Weber (1786-1826): Symphony No. 2 in C major, 1813, minuet, John Georgiadis, Queensland Philharmonic [Naxos 550928]. Curiously Romantic in under 2:00.

:06—Ferdinand Ries (1784-1837): Symphony No. 2 in C minor, Op. 80, 1814, Howard Griffiths, Zurich Chamber Orchestra [CPO 999 716].

:16—Carl Czerny (1791-1857): Symphony No. 1 in C minor, Op. 780, first move., Nikos Athinaos, Brandenburg State Orchestra of Frankfurt [CHE 0152]. From the 1840s, it appears.

---FOURTH HALF HOUR---

:30—Carl Maria von Weber (1786-1826) arr. Hector Berlioz: “Invitation to the Dance,” Op. 65, 1819/1841, Herbert von Karajan, Berlin Philharmonic [DG 419 070]. Berlioz arranged von Weber’s piano original for full orchestra.

(TRICK QUESTION: WHY IS THIS 1908 PIECE MODERN?)

:39—Carl Maria von Weber (1786-1826): March from incidental music to “Turandot,” 1809, John Georgiadis, Queensland Philharmonic [Naxos 550928].

:40—Paul Hindemith (1895-1963): “Symphonic Metamorphosis on Themes of Carl Maria von Weber,” second move., Neeme Jarvi, Philharmonia [Chandos 8766].

:42—Gioachino Rossini (1792-1868) arr. Nicolo Paganini (1782-1840): “Moses” Variations, Gil Shaham, violin; Goran Sollscher, guitar [DG 427 837].

:50—Carl Czerny (1791-1857): Symphony No. 6 in G minor, scherzo, Gregor Nowak, Southwesty German Radio Orchestra [SWR 93169]. Surprising similar to later Russian symphonic scherzos.

:56—Louis Spohr (1784-1959): Trio in in E minor for Violin, Cello and Harp, first move., 1806, Sophie Langdon, violin; Hugh Webb, harp; Susan Dorey, cello [Naxos 555364]. Spohr’s wife was a harpist and he wrote music they could perform together.