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Alan Hovhaness, etc.

03/08/10 3:00PM By Joe Goetz

Today would have been the 99th birthday of Alan Hovhaness (1911-2000), one of America's most important composers.  We'll hear some of his choral gems and his "Mysterious Mountain" Symphony.  Also, the Symphony #2 of Jean Sibelius. 



Concert #1
Composer: Francois Couperin
Ensemble: Smithsonian Chamber Players
Conductor: Kenneth Slowik
CD/Album: F. Couperin: Concerts Royaux
Record co./Cat #: Deutsche Harmonia Mundi (DH Mundi) 77327


Symphony #2 in D, Op. 43
Composer: Jean Sibelius
Ensemble: Boston Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Vladimir Ashkenazy
CD/Album: Sibelius: Symphony No. 2/Finlandia
Record co./Cat #: London 436566


L'Italiana a Londra: Overture ("The Italian Girl in London")
Composer: Domenico Cimarosa
Ensemble: Toronto Chamber Orchestra
Conductor: Kevin Mallon
CD/Album: Cimarosa: Overtures 2
Record co./Cat #: Naxos 8.570279


Piano Sonata #15 "Sonata facile" in C, K 545
Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Soloists: Angela Jia Kim, piano
CD/Album: Mozart: Scenes from Childhood
Record co./Cat #: Miro 1003


4 Quartets, Op. 92 ("Oh Lovely Night"/"Late Autumn"/"Evening Song"/"Why?")
Composer: Johannes Brahms
Ensemble: Monteverdi Choir (members)
Soloists: Robert Levin, piano
CD/Album: Brahms: Choral Works
Record co./Cat #: Philips 432152
Note: (on verse by: Georg Friedrich Daumer/Hermann Allmers/Friedrich Hebbel/Goethe)


Celtic Symphony (for String Orchestra and 6 Harps)
Composer: Granville Bantock
Ensemble: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Conductor: Vernon Handley
Soloists: and various soloists
CD/Album: Bantock: Celtic & Hebridean Symphonies / The Witch of Atlas
Record co./Cat #: Hyperion 66450


Wasps: Overture
Composer: Ralph Vaughan Williams
Ensemble: Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields
Conductor: Neville Marriner
CD/Album: Vaughan Williams: Fantasia, In the Fen Country, Norfolk, etc.
Record co./Cat #: Philips 442427


Violin Concerto #2 in E, BWV 1042
Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach
Ensemble: LA Chamber Orchestra
Conductor: Jeffrey Kahane
Soloists: Hilary Hahn, violin
CD/Album: Bach: Violin Concertos
Record co./Cat #: Deutsche Grammophon 986


Piano Concerto #2 in g, Op. 22
Composer: Camille Saint-Saens
Ensemble: Concertgebouw Orchestra, Amsterdam
Conductor: Neeme Jarvi
Soloists: Bella Davidovich, piano
CD/Album: Rachmaninoff - 'Paganini' Variations / Saint Saens - PIano COncerto No. 2
Record co./Cat #: Philips 410052


String Quartet #1 "La chasse" in Bb, Op. 1/#1, HOB III/1
Composer: Franz Joseph Haydn
Ensemble: Angeles String Quartet
CD/Album: Haydn: The String Quartets
Record co./Cat #: Philips 464650


Four Motets, Op. 268
Composer: Alan Hovhaness
Ensemble: William Ferris Chorale
Conductor: Paul French
CD/Album: American Choral Premieres
Record co./Cat #: Cedille 90000109


Symphony #2 "Mysterious Mountain", Op. 132
Composer: Alan Hovhaness
Ensemble: Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Fritz Reiner
CD/Album: Hovhaness - Prokofiev - Stravinsky
Record co./Cat #: RCA 61957
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