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Midday Classical: Festive Fun for New Year's Eve

12/31/09 10:00AM By Walter Parker

Fun and festive music for New Year's Eve, including Carmina Burana by Carl Orff and Fancy Free by Leonard Bernstein.



Les petits riens (Ballet suite), K 229b ("Little nothings")
Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Ensemble: Concerto Koln
Conductor: Anton Steck
CD/Album: Mozart - Concerto Koln
Record co./Cat #: Deutsche Grammophon 4775800


Scherzo Capriccioso, Op. 66
Composer: Antonin Dvorak
Ensemble: BBC Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Jiri Belohlavek
CD/Album: Dvorak: Symphonies 5 & 6, etc.
Record co./Cat #: Warner 63235


Symphony in G
Composer: Jean Francaix
Ensemble: Ulster Orchestra
Conductor: Thierry Fischer
CD/Album: Francaix: Scuola di Ballo, Symphony in G, etc
Record co./Cat #: Hyperion 67323


Carmina Burana
Composer: Carl Orff
Ensemble: Berlin Philharmonic & Berlin Radio Choir
Conductor: Simon Rattle
Soloists: Sally Matthews, soprano ; Lawrence Brownlee, tenor ; Christian Gerhaher, baritone
CD/Album: Carmina Burana
Record co./Cat #: EMI 57888


Overture di Ballo
Composer: Arthur Sullivan
Ensemble: Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields
Conductor: Neville Marriner
CD/Album: Gilbert & Sullivan: Overtures
Record co./Cat #: Philips 434916


Les Biches ("the does" - as in female deer)
Composer: Francis Poulenc
Ensemble: French National Orchestra
Conductor: Charles Dutoit
CD/Album: Poulenc: Aubade, Les Biches, etc.
Record co./Cat #: London 452937


Fancy Free
Composer: Leonard Bernstein
Ensemble: Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: David Zinman
CD/Album: Bernstein: West Side Story, Candide, Fancy Free, etc.
Record co./Cat #: London 452916


Octet for Winds
Composer: Igor Stravinsky
Conductor: Gunther Schuller
Soloists: Michael Parloff, flute ; David Schifrin, clarinet ; Frank Morelli, bassoon ; Susan Heinemann, bassoon ; Raymond Mase, trumpet ; Chris Gekker, trumpet
CD/Album: Schoenberg: Pierrot Lunaire / Stravinsky: Octet
Record co./Cat #: GM Records 2030


Piano Concerto in F
Composer: George Gershwin
Ensemble: Dallas Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Justin Brown
Soloists: Anne-Marie McDermott, piano
CD/Album: George Gershwin: Complete Music for Piano & Orchestra
Record co./Cat #: Bridge 9252


Composer: Igor Stravinsky
Ensemble: Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Pierre Boulez
CD/Album: The Firebird
Record co./Cat #: Deutsche Grammophon 437850
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