Evening Concert

The Chinese Violin, a “Pathetique” Symphony, a Cello Concerto, 2 Piano Concertos and more


This week on the “Evening Concert” on WILL-FM 90.9 you’ll hear “The Chinese Violin” on “Shanghai Spring”, Tchaikovsky’s “Pathetique” Symphony, Dvorak’s “Cello Concerto”, Beethoven’s 2nd & 3rd Piano Concertos from the New York Philharmonic and Sunday . . . chamber music from Lincoln Center and the Spoleto Chamber Music Festival.

WILL-FM: The Evening Concert: WEEK OF SEP 12 – 13 – 14 – 15 – 16 & 18, 2016

Monday September 12: Shanghai Spring [International Music Festival] (SSF 15-06)( of 8)

The Chinese Violin

One of the key moments in the emergence of Western classical music in China happened right here at Shanghai Spring with the world premiere of the Butterfly Lovers’ Violin Concerto. Hear the story about how the Western violin swept to popularity in China. You’ll also learn how the er’hu — the instrument sometimes called the Chinese violin — emerged as China’s most important national instrument, transcending its origins as a lowly folk instrument played by street musicians to become the backbone of the Chinese orchestra.

CHEN Gang: Morning of Miao Mountain; Shanghai Phil. Orchestra/ZHANG Liang — violin: WANG Zhijong

GRIEG, Edvard: Violin Sonata no. 2; violin: ZHANG Jinru — piano: MA Sichen

XU Jingxin: Melody of Ripples; Shanghai Philharmonic Orchestra/ZHANG Liang — erhu: DUAN Kaikai

HUA Yanjun (better known as ABING): The Moon Rejected in the Second Spring; HUA Yanjun (better known as ABING) historic recording by Central Conservatory of Music (found onYoutube)

SUN Wenming Erhu Solo Percussion Music; SUN Huang

GUAN Naizhong Mourning Qiu Jin at the Foot of the Wind and Rain Pavilion; Shanghai Opera House Orchestra/ZHANG Guoyong — erhu: HUANG Xiaoqing

MA Sicong Song of Nostalgia; MA Sicong Violin Treasures by Ma Sicong (China Record Corpora-on)

BEETHOVEN Ludwig van Violin Sonata no. 4; violin: ZHANG Jinru — piano: MA Sichen

VERDI Giuseppe “Va pensiero” from Nabucco; Canadian Opera Company Orchestra & Chorus/BRADSHAW Richard Rarities by Rossini and Verdi (1995, CBC Records)

CHEN Gang & HE Zhanhao The Butterfly Lovers’ Violin Concerto; Shanghai Conservatory of Music Symphony Orchestra/FAN Chengwu — violin: NISHIZAKI Takako The Butterfly Lovers (Naxos)

TCHAIKOVSKY Peter Violin Concerto in D major; Shanghai Conservatory of Music Symphony Orchestra/MACELLONI Fabio — violin: ZHANG Jinru


Tuesday September 13: Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO 16-37)

Honeck conducts Tchaikovsky

CONDUCTOR: Manfred Honeck SOLOIST: Robert Chen, violin

Respighi: Fountains of Rome

Respighi: Concerto Gregoriano (Robert Chen, violin)

Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6 (Pathétique)

[Dvořák: Carnival Overture (Fritz Reiner, conductor, from RCA Victor album)]


Wednesday September 14: Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra (PSO) 15-16_22)

WAGNER: “Prelude und Liebestod” from Tristan und Isolde

DVOŘÁK: Cello Concerto

TCHAIKOVSKY: Romeo and Juliet Overture-Fantasy

BIZET: Excerpts from Carmen , Suite No. 1 and No. 2

Juraj Valčua, conductor; Joshua Roman, cello


Thursday September 15: The New York Philharmonic This Week” (NYP 16-51)

The Program differs from the listing in Patterns Magazine

The Beethoven Piano Concertos: A Philharmonic Festival (Program B)

Conductor: Alan Gilbert; Yefim Bronfman, piano

BEETHOVEN:  Piano Concerto No. 2 in B-flat major, op. 19


BEETHOVEN: Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor, op. 37


Friday September 16: Prairie Performances with Roger Cooper (PP 16-41)

September concerts are to-be-announced.


Sunday September 18: Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center (CMS 15-51)

20th Century Masterpieces

Stravinsky Histoire du soldat [The Soldier's Tale], Trio Version for Clarinet, Violin and Piano Kristin Lee, Violin; David Shifrin, Clarinet; Anne-Marie McDermott, Piano

Martinu Duo No. 1 for Violin and Viola, “Three Madrigals” Arnaud Sussmann, Violin; Paul Neubauer, Viola

Schoenfield Trio for Clarinet, Violin, and Piano Jose Franch-Ballester, Clarinet; Arnaud Sussmann, Violin; Gloria Chien, Piano

and         Spoleto Chamber Music Festival (SCM 16-12)

Pachelbel  Canon gigue

Geoff Nuttall and Scott St John, violins; Daniel Phillips, viola/violin; Christopher Costanza, cello; Pedja Muzijevic, harpsichord

Fauré   “Elegie”, Op. 24

Andres Diaz, cello; Stephen Prutsman, piano

Haydn, arr. J.P.Salomon    Symphony No. 94 in G major: “The Surprise”

Tara Helen O’Connor, flute; Anthony Manzo, bass; Pedja Muzijevic, piano; St. Lawrence String Quartet

Beethoven    Cavatina 

St. Lawrence String Quartet

Messager arr. Todd Palmer    Theme & Variations, “Tzigane” from Les Deux Pigeons

St. Lawrence String Quartet; Tara Helen O’Connor, flute; James Austin Smith, oboe; Todd Palmer, clarinet; Anthony Manzo, bass; Pedja Muzijevic, piano