Highlights of the week: Mozart’s 20th Piano Concerto and Beethoven’s Violin Concerto

February 26, 2017
 

This week on the “Evening Concert” on WILL-FM 90.9 you’ll hear the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, Mozart’s 20th Piano Concerto from Chicago, Tchaikovsky’ 1st Piano Concerto from Dallas, “The New York Philharmonic This Week” and Sunday. . . chamber music from Lincoln Center and “The Cradle That Rocked: Re-Discovering Marc Blitzstein”.  

WILL-FM: The Evening Concert: WEEK OF FEB 27 – 28 – MAR 1 – 2 & 5, 2017

 

Monday February 27: Shanghai Symphony Orchestra (SSO 17-09)

[First ever broadcast series of a Chinese orchestra to U.S. radio audiences]

AUDIO QUALITY ADVISORY: The concert recordings of a limited number of works in this series contain brief instances of audio distortion.

Li Huanzhi Spring Festival Overture; Shanghai Symphony/Daniele Gatti

Zhao Lin Duo; Yo-Yo Ma, vc; Wu Tong, sheng; Shanghai Symphony/Long Yu

Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 4; Shanghai Symphony Orchestra/Chen Xieyang

[SSO fill: Piazzolla Histoire du tango; Shanghai Orchestra Academy]
[SSO fill: Bach Violin Sonata No. 1, I. Adagio; Mayu Kishima]

 

Tuesday February 28: Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO 17-09)

Riccardo Muti and Leif Ove Andsnes

Beethoven: Leonore Overture No. 3, Op. 72b

Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 20 in D Minor, K. 466 (Leif Ove Andsnes, piano)

Hindemith: Concert Music for String Orchestra and Brass, Op. 50

Prokofiev: Scythian Suite, Op. 20

Mendelssohn: Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage Overture, Op. 27

 

Wednesday March 1: Dallas Symphony Orchestra (DSO 17-09)

CONDUCTOR: James Gaffigan

SOLOIST: Behzod Abduraimov, piano

ADAMS Tromba lontana

COPLAND Quiet City

TCHAIKOVSKY Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-flat minor, Op. 23

SCHUMANN Symphony No. 4 in D minor, Op. 120

 

Thursday March 2: “The New York Philharmonic This Week” (NYP 17-23)

CONDUCTOR: Alan Gilbert

SOLOISTS: Frank-Peter Zimmermann, violin; Yefim Bronfman, piano

DVORAK: Carnival Overture

BEETHOVEN: Violin Concerto

LINDBERG: Piano Concerto No. 2

DVORAK: Symphony No. 7

 

Sunday March 5: Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center (CMS 16-23)  Dvorak

Dvorák: Sonatina in G major for Violin and Piano, Op. 100

Arnaud Sussmann, Violin; Wu Han, Piano

Dvorák: Sextet in A major for Two Violins, Two Violas, and Two Cellos, Op. 48

Erin Keefe, Ani Kavafian, Violin; Matthew Lipman, Yura Lee, Viola; Nicholas Canellakis, David Finckel, Cello

 

and

The Cradle that Rocked: Revisiting Marc Blitzstein (BLI 16-01) (of 4)

Act I - The Cradle that Rocked

Composer Marc Blitzstein has been all but forgotten, but in the 1930s he was famous for his political musical, The Cradle Will Rock. Composed by Blitzstein, directed by Orson Wells, produced by John Houseman…and banned by the Federal Government. The show, when it opened, in a borrowed theater, without sets or costumes, and with the actors performing from seats in the audience, was an instant hit. It became the defining moment of Blitzstein’s career, and one of the compositions for which he will most be remembered. Although the work could not have been more political, he said, “I’m not writing music-plays of social significance...” Disingenuous? Perhaps. But he knew the power and the force of his music, and he wanted to see history play itself out. And did it ever, in this grand and astounding story of resilience and strength in the face of adversity.  The story of the premiere is complemented by historical audio from 1965 – Chicago radio legend Studs Terkel discusses and sings songs from The Cradle Will Rock…with none other than Leonard Bernstein.  [Playlist on next page]

Marc Blitzstein, arr. Stephen Sondheim: Never Get Lost. Dawn Upshaw I Wish It So. Electra Nonesuch 79345

Marc Blitzstein: The Cradle Will Rock Original 1985 Cast (The Acting Company) & Patti LuPone The Cradle Will Rock JAY Records JAY 1300 (CD, LP)

Marc Blitzstein: Freedom of the Press Steven Tyler;Henry Stram;Tim Jerome Cradle Will Rock Soundtrack RCA Victor 09026- 63577

Marc Blitzstein: Regina, Prologue Scottish Opera Orch & Chorus; John Mauceri, Director; Tommy Krasker, producer. Regina Decca 433 812-2Disc 1

Marc Blitzstein: Regina, Act 3 - No. 1 - Rain Quartet Scottish Opera Orch & Chorus; John Mauceri, Director; Tommy Krasker, producer. Regina Decca 433 812 Disc 1

Marc Blitzstein: Regina, Prologue Scottish Opera Orch & Chorus; John Mauceri, Director; Tommy Krasker, producer. Regina Decca 433 812 Disc 1

Marc Blitzstein: Let's Do Something Original 1985 Cast (The Acting Company) & Patti LuPone The Cradle Will Rock JAY Records JAY 1300 (CD, LP)

Marc Blitzstein: In The Clear Dawn Upshaw I Wish It So Electra Nonesuch 79345

Marc Blitzstein: Serenade For String Quartet (1932) mov't  2. Largo Del Sol Quartet First Life- Early Chamber Works of Marc Blitzstein OM 1017-2 (2009)
Marc Blitzstein: Studs Terkel interviews Leonard Bernstein in 1965 Leonard Bernstein, guest; Studs Terkel, host. Courtesy of the Studs Terkel Archives. digital archives Studs Terkel Archives

Marc Blitzstein: Honolulu Song Original 1985 Cast (The Acting Company) & Patti LuPone The Cradle Will Rock JAY Records JAY 1300 (CD, LP)

Marc Blitzstein: Order In the Court Room Original 1985 Cast (The Acting Company) & Patti LuPone The Cradle Will Rock JAY Records JAY 1300 (CD, LP)

Marc Blitzstein: Solicitin' Original 1985 Cast (The Acting Company) & Patti LuPone The Cradle Will Rock JAY Records JAY 1300 (CD, LP)

Marc Blitzstein: Joe Worker Michele-Denise Woods, Original 1985 Cast (The Acting Company) & Patti LuPone The Cradle Will Rock JAY Records JAY 1300 (CD, LP)

Marc Blitzstein: Ella's Entrance Michele-Denise Woods The Cradle Will Rock JAY Records JAY 1300 (CD, LP)

Marc Blitzstein: Piano Variation II Bennett Lerner, pianist. American Piano Music Vol II of II Etcetera 1986 CD KTC 1019

Marc Blitzstein: Airborne Symphony - I. Theory Of Flight NYC Symphony, Bernstein Marc Blitzstein Pavilion Records GEMS CD 0009 Disc 2

Marc Blitzstein: Let's Do Something David Campbell,Steven Tyler,Erin Hill,Dan Jenkins Cradle Will Rock Soundtrack RCA Victor 09026-63577

Marc Blitzstein, arr David Robbins: Croon Spoon Eddie Vedder,Susan Sarandon,Steven Tyler Cradle Will Rock Soundtrack RCA Victor 09026-63577

Marc Blitzstein: excerpt from Honolulu Original 1985 Cast (The Acting Company) & Patti LuPone The Cradle Will Rock JAY Records JAY 1300 (CD, LP)

Marc Blitzstein: Act 2 Scene 7: Nick "I Speak in English Now" No for an Answer Original Cast Marc Blitzstein Pavilion Records GEMS CD 0009 Disc 2

Marc Blitzstein: excerpt from The Freedom of the Press Steven Tyler;Henry Stram;Tim Jerome Cradle Will Rock Soundtrack RCA Victor 09026- 63577
Marc Blitzstein: The Cradle Will Rock (finale) Steven Tyler;Henry Stram;Tim Jerome;Vicki Clark;Erin Hill;Dan Jenkins; Chris McKinney Cradle Will Rock Soundtrack RCA Victor 09026- 63577

Marc Blitzstein: Don't Let Me Keep You Randle Mell The Cradle Will Rock JAY Records JAY 1300 (CD, LP)

Marc Blitzstein: Art for Art's Sake Randle Mell The Cradle Will Rock JAY Records JAY 1300 (CD, LP)


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