Howard's Day Off - September 3 2016
---FIRST HALF HOUR---
:04—Lili Boulanger (1893-1918): “In an Old Garden,” 1914, Margot Dilmagliani, piano [Celebration 9900]. Younger sister of composer and teacher Nadia Boulanger. Died of Crohn’s Disease at 24.
:07—Nadia Boulanger (1887-1979): Three Pieces for Cello and Piano, “lively and nervous,” 1911, Nina Flyer, cello w/Chi Fim Lee, piano [Koch 7603]. Originally composed for organ.
:11—Michael Haydn (1737-1806): Symphony in B flat major, finale, Matthias Bamert, London Mozart Players [Musical Heritage Society 514 283]. Haydn’s younger brother, a friend of Mozart and almost as popular as Joseph Haydn in their day.
:17--Clara Schumann (1819-1896): Adagio from Piano Sonata, Jennifer Eley, piano [Koch 7603].
:20—Fanny Mendelssohn (1805-1847): “March,” from “The Year,” 1841, Jennifer Eley, piano [Koch 7179]. Composed on colored sheets of paper, each one illustrated by her husband.
:26—Leopold Mozart (1719-1787): Sinfonia Pastorale in G major, finale, Edward Allen, horn w/Donald Armstrong, New Zealand Chamber Orchestra [Naxos 553347]. Despite his stern reputation in biographies of his son, Leopold Mozart wrote lively and sometimes humorous music himself.
---SECOND HALF HOUR---
:30—Clara Schumann (1819-1896): Piano Sonata in G minor, first move., Jennifer Eley, piano [Koch 7179]. During Robert Schumann’s lifetime he was mostly known as a critic, while his wife was a famous traveling concert pianist.
:39—Siegfried Wagner (1869-1930): Overture to “Friedensengel,” or, “The Angel of Peace,” 1914, Werner Andreas Albert, Rhenish State Philharmonic [CPO 999 003]. Not only Richard Wagner’s son but the grandson of Franz Liszt. Ran the Bayreuth Festival for 22 years to his death in 1930.
:52--Lili Boulanger (1893-1918): “On a Morning in Spring,” 1918, JoAnn Falletta, Women’s Philharmonic [Koch 7603].
:57—Fanny Mendelssohn (1805-1847): “May,” from “The Year,” 1841, Jennifer Eley, piano [Koch 7179]. Fanny composed almost 500 pieces, mostly for piano. Some of Fanny’s music was published under her brother’s name, and when he met Queen Victoria she told him her favorite song by him – and it was one of Fanny’s.
---THIRD HALF HOUR---
:04—Lili Boulanger (1893-1918): “In a Sunlit Garden,” 1914, Margot Dilmagliani, piano [Celebration 9900]. First woman to win the Paris Conservatory’s Prix de Rome.
:07—Fanny Mendelssohn (1805-1847): “February,” from “The Year,” 1841, Jennifer Eley, piano [Koch 7179]. Fanny died of a fatal stroke in her forties, six months before a stroke claimed her bother. Both their parents had also died of strokes.
:11—Leopold Mozart (1719-1787): Sinfonia in B flat major, finale, Donald Armstrong, New Zealand Chamber Orchesra [Naxos 553347]. Not just the father of Amadeus, Leopold Mozart wrote the most influential violin textbook of his time.
:15—C.P.E. Bach (1714-1788): Sinfonia in C, finale, Helmut Haenchen, CPE Bach Chamber Orchestra [Brilliant 94777]. The most famous Bach son, music director to Frederick the Great, the music director first of Berlin and then of Hamburg. In Haydn’s time, when people said “Bach” they meant C.P.E.
:18—Johann Christian Bach (1735-1782): Sinfonie in C, finale, Peter Szuts, Concerto Armonico [Brilliant 00785]. Bach’s youngest son, “the London Bach,” converted to Catholicism and worked successfully in London. His concertos influenced Mozart’s.
:21—Wilhelm Friedemann Bach (1710-1784): Sinfonia in F, first move., Helmut Haenchen, CPE Bach Chamber Orchestra [Brilliant 99785]. Nicknamed “The Dissonant” for this movement. Bach’s eldest son, he had a difficult employment history and died poor.
:26—Johann Christoph Friedrich Bach (1732-1795): Symphpony in E flat, first move., Burkhard Glaetzner, New Bach Collegium [Brilliant 99785]. Born when his famous father was pushing 50, J.C.F. spent almost his whole career in Buckeburg, near Hanover.
---FOURTH HALF HOUR---
:30—Alessandro Scarlatti (1660-1725): Finale from Concerto Grosso in F minor, 1L32, Fabio Biondi, Europa Galante [Veritas 45495]. He worked in Rome, Florence and Sicily, where he was born.
:32—Siegfried Wagner (1869-1930): Prelude to “The Smith of Marienburg,” 1920, Werner Andreas Albert, Rhenish State Philharmonic [CPO 999 003]. Sounds more like daddy than some of Siegfried’s other works, but sounds a LOT like Bruckner.
(TRICK QUESTION: DOES THIS FIT OUR THEME?)
:47—Josef Suk (1874-1935): Fantastic Scherzo, JoAnn Falletta, Buffalo Philharmonic [Naxos 572323]. Josef Suk was Dvorak’s son-in-law. Everyone else on the show has been a blood relative. Still, the music shows their close kinship.
:50--Fanny Mendelssohn (1805-1847): “December,” from “The Year,” 1841, Jennifer Eley, piano [Koch 7179].
:54—Alessandro Scarlatti (1660-1725): Sinfonia (Overture) to Serenata “Clori, Dorino e Amore,” entire, Fabio Biondi, Europa Galante [Veritas 45495].