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Midday Classical: God's Time and Carmen Dances

01/15/10 10:00AM By Walter Parker

Bach composed his Cantata No. 106 "God's Time is the Best of All Times" when he was 22, probably for the funeral of an uncle.  We'll listen to it today and we'll anticipate tomorrow's Met Opera broadcast with The Carmen Ballet, music from Bizet's opera arranged for strings and percussion by Rodion Shchedrin as a vehicle for his ballerina wife, Maya Plisetskaya.

 

Playlist

10:00am

Damnation of Faust: Menuet des Follets ("Minuet of the Will-o'-the-Wisps")
Composer: Hector Berlioz
Ensemble: Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: David Zinman
CD/Album: La Marseillaise & Other Berlioz Favorites
Record co./Cat #: Telarc 80164
 
 

10:06am

Damnation of Faust: Dance of the Sylphs
Composer: Hector Berlioz
Ensemble: Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: David Zinman
CD/Album: La Marseillaise & Other Berlioz Favorites
Record co./Cat #: Telarc 80164
 
 

10:08am

Damnation of Faust: Rakoczy March (aka: Hungarian March)
Composer: Hector Berlioz
Ensemble: Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: David Zinman
CD/Album: La Marseillaise & Other Berlioz Favorites
Record co./Cat #: Telarc 80164
 
 

10:15am

Adagio Con Variazioni for Cello & Orchestra
Composer: Ottorino Respighi
Ensemble: Orchestre de Paris
Conductor: Semyon Bychkov
Soloists: Mischa Maisky, cello
CD/Album: Adagio - Misha Maisky
Record co./Cat #: Deutsche Grammophon 435781
 
 

10:30am

Harp Sonata
Composer: Germaine Tailleferre
Soloists: Judy Loman, harp
CD/Album: 20th Century Masterworks for Harp
Record co./Cat #: Marquis Classics 165
 
 

10:41am

Cantata #106: Gottes Zeit ist die allerbeste Zeit, BWV 106 ("God's own time is the very best of times")
Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach
Ensemble: English Baroque Soloists
Conductor: John Eliot Gardiner
Soloists: Monteverdi Choir ; Nancy Argenta, soprano ; Michael Chance, countertenor ; Anthony Rolfe Johnson, tenor ; Stephen Varcoe, baritone
CD/Album: J.S. Bach: Kantaten BWV 106, 118b, 198
Record co./Cat #: Deutsche Grammophon 429782
 
 

11:01am

Piano Quintet in f, Op. 34
Composer: Johannes Brahms
Ensemble: Emerson String Quartet
Soloists: Leon Fleisher, piano
CD/Album: Brahms: String Quartets / Piano Quintet
Record co./Cat #: Deutsche Grammophon 8718
 
 

11:47am

Images for Orchestra: #1 - Gigues
Composer: Claude Debussy
Ensemble: Cleveland Orchestra
Conductor: Pierre Boulez
CD/Album: Debussy: Images
Record co./Cat #: Deutsche Grammophon 435766
 
 

12:01pm

Ariodante: Suite
Composer: George Friederich Handel
Ensemble: Collegium Musicum 90
Conductor: Simon Standage
CD/Album: Handel at the Opera
Record co./Cat #: Chandos 650
 
 

12:16pm

The Bartered Bride: Overture and Dances
Composer: Bedrich Smetana
Ensemble: BBC Philharmonic
Conductor: Gianandrea Noseda
CD/Album: Smetana: Orchestral Works, Vol. 2
Record co./Cat #: Chandos 10518
 
 

12:39pm

Piano Sonata - Ballade
Composer: Nikolai Medtner
Soloists: Geofffrey Tozer, pianist
CD/Album: Medtner: The Complete Piano Concertos - Sonata-Ballade
Record co./Cat #: Chandos 9040
 
 

1:01pm

The Carmen Ballet
Composer: Georges Bizet
(arr. Rodion Shchedrin)
Ensemble: I Musici de Montreal & Ensemble Repercussion
Conductor: Yuli Turovsky
CD/Album: Shchedrin: Carmen Suite etc.
Record co./Cat #: Chandos 9288
 
 

1:46pm

Dancas Nativas ("Native Dances")
Composer: Clarice Assad
Ensemble: Aquarelle Guitar Quartet
CD/Album: Spirit of Brazil
Record co./Cat #: Chandos 10512
 
 
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