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Morning Classics-celebrating birthdays of Bela Bartok and Pierre Boulez - in a single piece!

03/26/09 8:00AM

Long before the title 'ethnomusicologist' existed, Bela Bartok roamed the towns and villages of his region and meticulously recorded the native music and folk traditions. He was born on March 25th...several countries and a few decades apart, adventurous composer and conductor Pierre Boulez was born (March 26th). Both creative spirits come together in a birthday celebration this morning, as Boulex conducts Bartok's first Rhapsody for Violin and Orchestra.



Abdelazer: Incidental music (aka: "The Moor's Revenge")
Composer: Henry Purcell
Ensemble: Freiburg Baroque Orchestra
Conductor: Thomas Hengelbrock
Record co./Cat #: Deutsche Harmonia Mundi (DH Mundi) 77231


Rusalka: O Silver Moon
Composer: Antonin Dvorak
Ensemble: Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Conductor: Vaclav Neumann
Soloists: Gabriela Benackova, soprano
Record co./Cat #: Supraphon 112252
Note: (Rusalka's "Hymn to the Moon")


Piano Concerto #1 in D, Op. 17
Composer: Camille Saint-Saens
Ensemble: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Sakari Oramo
Soloists: Stephen Hough, piano
Record co./Cat #: Hyperion 67331


Concert Scherzando
Composer: Gabriel Pierne
Soloists: Chang Hae-won, piano
Record co./Cat #: Marco Polo 8.223115


Rhapsody #1 for Violin & Orchestra
Composer: Bela Bartok
Ensemble: Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Pierre Boulez
Soloists: Gil Shaham, violin
Record co./Cat #: Deutsche Grammophon 459639
Note: * celebrating Boulez (3/26) and Bartok (3/25) birthdays *


Lux aurumque
Composer: Eric Whitacre
Ensemble: Polyphony
Conductor: Stephen Layton
CD/Album: "Cloudburst"
Record co./Cat #: Hyperion 67543
Note: ("Light of Gold" - setting of verse by Edward Esch)


Symphony #36 in C, K425 "Linz"
Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Ensemble: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Conductor: James Levine
Record co./Cat #: Deutsche Grammophon 423663
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