Classical Music Playlist, July 12, 2022


Gerald Finzi (1901-1956) | photo: Angus McBean

The early life losses of English composer Gerald Finzi (b. 14 July 1901) seem to have established in him a bit of indifference to himself but concern for others. His father died when he was seven, he lost his three brothers before he was 18, and his trusted music teacher, Ernest Farrar, died during World War I. After studying, he taught music at the Royal College of Music in London for three years from 1930, but he never felt at ease in the hustle and bustle of the big city. In 1931 he met and married his wife Joy, an artist, and later moved to the countryside to support his artistic endeavors and grew apples, saving varieties from extinction. After the loss of dear friends and relatives, Finzi found solace in poetry and subsequently amassed hundreds of volumes and, together with his wife, devoted himself to publishing and preserving the legacy of the poet and composer Ivor Gurney who survived World War I but suffered “shell shock”. and was soon hospitalized. At this time, Finzi was mainly composing songs and choral works. After moving to another small village, Finzi and his wife Joy founded an amateur chamber orchestra which he conducted until his death, giving a boost to contemporary composers by offering premieres of their new music and giving budding performers, like guitarist Julian Bream, a chance to perform. World War II thrust Finzi into service with the War Department, again offering aid to others, working to settle refugees and even sheltering some in his own home. The hardships suffered by others by World War II seem to have inspired Finzi on a new spiritual quest for self-expression and he composed several new choral and instrumental works. After a life of selfless service to others at the expense of his own work, and after a dozen years of ill health, Finzi died at the age of fifty-five in 1956. To give him some recognition he never wasn’t looking for himself, we’ll probably be streaming his most popular instrumental composition, his 1949 Clarinet Concerto, as today’s noon masterpiece at 2:00 p.m.

6:00 am

Antonio Vivaldi

Cello Concerto in F major RV 411

Il Giardino Armonico; Giovanni Antonini, conductor Christophe Coin, cello


Ernst von Dohnanyi

Sextet in C major Opus 37

Takacs Quartet Andras Schiff, piano; Radovan Vlatkovic, horn


William Grant Again

Singing river from wood notes

Fort Smith Symphony; John Jeter, conductor


Arcangelo Corelli

Concerto Grosso No. 6 in F major Opus 6

The English Concert; Trevor Pinnock, conductor


Edward Elgar

Coronation March Opus 65

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra; Yondani Butt, conductor


Wilhelm Peterson-Berger

Orchestral Suite: The Story of Sleeping Beauty (Tornrossagan)

Norrkoping Symphony Orchestra; Michail Jurowski, conductor


Johann Sebastian Bach

Cantata No. 29: Sinfonia BWV 29

Consort of Brandenburg; Roy Goodman, conductor Paul Nicholson, organ


Elena Kats Chernin

Re-inventions: Re-invention #1

The Pieta; Angèle Dubeau, conductor


Johannes Brahms

Symphony No. 4: III. Allegro giocoso in E minor Opus 98

Berlin Philharmonic; Herbert von Karajan, conductor


Yokota Mahito

SUPER MARIO GALAXY: The Garden Galaxy in Bursts

London Philharmonic Orchestra

8:00 a.m.

Giuseppe Verdi


Saint Cecilia Orchestra; Myung Whun Chung, conductor

8:10 a.m.

Max Bruch

Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor, Op. 26 in G minor

BBC Symphony Orchestra; Andrew Litton, conductor Rachel Barton Pine, violin


Tielmann Susato

My Desire (Bass In)

New husband from London; Philippe Pickett, conductor


Reinhold Gliere

Symphony No. 3 “Ilya Murometz”: III. At the court of Vladimir the Mighty Sun in B minor Opus 42

BBC Philharmonic Orchestra; Edward Downes, conductor


Ethel Smith

Sonata for violin and piano: III. Romanze in A minor Opus 7

Tasmin Little, violin; John Lenehan, piano


Wolfgang AmadeusMozart

THE MAGIC FLUTE: Overture (Die Zauberflote) K 620

English baroque soloists; John Eliot Gardiner, conductor


Antonin Dvorak

Symphony No. 7 in D minor Opus 70

Cleveland Orchestra; Christoph Von Dohnanyi, conductor


Enrique Granados

Danzas espanolas n° 12 “Arabesca”

New trio of Pro Arte guitars


Frédéric Chopin

Piano Concerto No. 1: III. Rondo in E minor Opus 11

Mahler Chamber Orchestra; Mikhail Pletnev, conductor Daniil Trifonov, piano

10:00 a.m.

Mauro Giulani

Guitar Concerto No. 3 in F major Opus 70

English Chamber Orchestra; Raymond Leppard, conductor Angel Romero, guitar


Engelbert Humperdinck


London Symphony Orchestra; André Previn, conductor


Francesco Geminiani

Concerto Grosso No. 5 in C minor Opus 2/5

The Little Band; Sigiswald Kuijken, conductor


Leo Brouwer

El Decameron Negro: 3. Ballad of the Enamored Doncella

Sharon Isbin, guitar


Johann Strauss, Sr.

March of Radetzky Opus 228

Vienna State Opera Orchestra; Franz Bauer-Theussl, conductor


Arnold Bax


Royal National Orchestra of Scotland; David Lloyd-Jones, conductor

11:14 a.m.

Wolfgang AmadeusMozart

Piano Concerto No. 10 (for two pianos) in E flat major K 365

English baroque soloists; John Eliot Gardiner, conductor Malcolm Bilson, pianoforte; Robert Levin, piano

11:44 am

Antonio Vivaldi

Concerto for 2 violins in A minor Opus 3/8

Tafelmusik; Jeanne Lamon, conductor Jeanne Lamon, violin; Geneviève Gilardeau, violin


Emmanuel Chabrier

Fantastic Drunk

The Orchestra of French-speaking Switzerland; Neeme Jarvi, conductor

12:00 p.m.

Florence Prize

Violin Concerto no. 1 in D major

Janacek Philharmonic; Ryan Cockerham, Conductor Er-Gene Kahng

12:25 p.m.

Fernando Sor

Study in G major Opus 29/11

Narciso Yepes, guitar


Arcangelo Corelli

Concerto Grosso No. 1 in D major Opus 6

Philharmonie Baroque Orchestra; Nicholas McGegan, conductor

12:41 p.m.

Claude Debussy

Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun

Berlin Philharmonic; Herbert von Karajan, conductor

12:52 p.m.

Ludwig van Beethoven

Piano Sonata No. 17 “Tempest”: III. Allegretto in D minor Opus 31

John O’Conor, piano

1:00 p.m.

Georges Bizet

The Arlesienne Suite n°1

Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra; Jesus Lopez-Cobos, conductor

1:19 p.m.

Gabriel Fauré


Orpheus Chamber Orchestra

1:24 p.m.

Michio Miyagi

The Sea in Spring (Haru no Umi)

Yolanda Kondonassis, harp

1:33 p.m.

Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach

Flute Concerto in A major Wq 168 / H 438

Franz Liszt Chamber Orchestra; Janos Rolla, conductor Jean-Pierre Rampal, flute

1:52 p.m.

Philip Glass

Glassware: Opening

Valentina Lisitsa, piano

2:00 p.m.

Gerald Finzi

Concerto for clarinet Opus 31

Guildhall String Ensemble; Robert Salter, conductor Richard Stoltzman, clarinet

2:30 p.m.

Frédéric Chopin

Polish “Military” in A major Opus 40/1

Vladimir Ashkenazy, piano

2:37 p.m.

Caesar Frank

The Cursed Hunter (The Cursed Hunter)

Philadelphia Orchestra; Riccardo Muti, conductor

2:53 p.m.

John Dowland

Spill my tears (Lachrimae)

Attacca Quartet

2:58 p.m.

Franz Von Suppe

Opening of the light cavalry

Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields; Neville Marriner, conductor

3:06 p.m.

Francois-Joseph Haydn

Symphony No. 85 “The Queen” in Bb major

Tafelmusik; Bruno Weil, conductor

3:29 p.m.

Amy Beach

Opus 89 String Quartet

Crescent String Quartet

3:45 p.m.

Felix Mendelssohn

Fair Melusina Overture Opus 32

London Symphony Orchestra; Claudio Abbado, conductor

3:57 p.m.

Robert Schuman

Kreisleriana: I. Aussert Bewegt

Simone Dinnerstein, piano

4:02 p.m.

Johannes Brahms

Symphony No. 2: IV. Allegro con spirito in D major Opus 73

Berlin Philharmonic; Herbert von Karajan, conductor

4:12 p.m.

Jonny Greenwood

Alma (Phantom Thread soundtrack)

4:17 p.m.

E. J. Moeran

Serenade in G major

Ulster Orchestra; JoAnn Falletta, conductor

4:41 p.m.

Francois Couperin

Pieces in concert

Santa Fe Festival Orchestra; Janos Starker, conductor Janos Starker, cello

4:54 p.m.

Valerie Colman

Concerto for wind quintet: I. Afro

Imani winds

5:00 p.m.

Johann Sebastian Bach

Brandenburg Concerto No. 4 in G major BWV 1049

Linde-Consort; Hans-Martin Linde, conductor

5:17 p.m.

Camille Saint-Saëns


London Philharmonic Orchestra; Geoffrey Simon, conductor

5:32 p.m.


I wish I knew what it would be like to be free

Lara Downes, piano

5:37 p.m.

George Friederich Handel

Concerto Grosso No. 2 in F major Opus 6/2 HWV 320

Handel & Haydn Company; Christopher Hogwood, conductor

5:49 p.m.

Henrietta Renee

symphonic piece

Xavier de Maistre, harp

5:57 p.m.

Samuel Coleridge-Taylor

Small Concert Suite: IV. The wriggling tarantella

Chicago Sinfonietta; Paul Freeman, conductor

6:01 p.m.

Johann Nepomuk Hummel

Piano Concerto No. 3 in B minor Opus 89

Budapest Symphony Chamber Orchestra; Tomas Pal, conductor Hae-won Chang, piano

6:40 p.m.

Isaac Albeniz

Spanish Suite: No. 4 “Cadiz” Opus 47

Pepe Romero, guitar

6:45 p.m.

Silvestre Revueltas


New York Philharmonic; Leonard Bernstein, conductor

6:52 p.m.

Germaine Tailleferre

Burlesque Suite

Mark Clinton, piano; Nicole Narboni, piano


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