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The Versatile Harp

10/13/10 3:00PM By Joe Goetz

Today we'll hear two very different works that feature the harp: The Harp Concerto by Alberto Ginastera, and the Quintet for Harp, Flute, and Strings by Jean Cras.  Also today, we'll travel to Cuba with Gershwin and to Spain with Debussy.



Serenade melancolique (for violin & orchestra) in b, Op. 26
Composer: Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Ensemble: Russian National Orchestra
Conductor: Yakov Kreizberg
Soloists: Julia Fischer, violin
CD/Album: Tchaikovsky - Violin Concerto - Julia Fischer - RNO - Kreizberg
Record co./Cat #: PentaTone 5186095


Harp Concerto, Op. 25
Composer: Alberto Ginastera
Ensemble: London Sinfonia
Conductor: Richard Hickox
Soloists: Rachel Masters, harp
CD/Album: Gliere/Ginastera: Harp Concertos, etc
Record co./Cat #: Chandos 9094


Holberg Suite, Op. 40
Composer: Edvard Grieg
Ensemble: Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Neeme Jarvi
CD/Album: Edvard Grieg: Werke fur Streichorchester
Record co./Cat #: Deutsche Grammophon 437520


Tragic Overture in d, Op. 81
Composer: Johannes Brahms
Ensemble: Berlin Philharmonic
Conductor: Claudio Abbado
CD/Album: Brahms: Symphonie Nr. 3 - Tragische Ouverture
Record co./Cat #: Deutsche Grammophon 429765


Composer: Randall Thompson
Ensemble: Handel & Haydn Society
Conductor: Grant Llewellyn
CD/Album: Peace
Record co./Cat #: Avie 39


Sonata in G, K 260
Composer: Domenico Scarlatti
Soloists: Vladimir Horowitz, piano
CD/Album: Horowitz Plays Scarlatti
Record co./Cat #: Sony 90414


Cuban Overture
Composer: George Gershwin
Ensemble: Montreal Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Charles Dutoit
CD/Album: Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue, etc
Record co./Cat #: London 425111


Carmen Fantasy for Violin & Orchestra, Op. 25
Composer: Pablo de Sarasate
Ensemble: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Conductor: Lawrence Foster
Soloists: Itzhak Perlman, violin
CD/Album: The Art of Itzhak Perlman
Record co./Cat #: EMI 64617


Composer: Bedrich Smetana
Soloists: Antonin Kubalek, piano
CD/Album: Smetana: The Complete Czech Dances
Record co./Cat #: Dorian 90122


Images for Orchestra: #2 - Iberia
Composer: Claude Debussy
Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Pierre Monteux
CD/Album: Debussy - Images - Le Martyre de Saint Sebastien
Record co./Cat #: Philips 420392


Rondo for Piano and Orchestra in Bb, WoO 6
Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven
Ensemble: Norrkoping Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Andrew Parrott
Soloists: Ronald Brautigam, piano
CD/Album: Beethoven: Piano Concertos WoO 4 and No. 2
Record co./Cat #: Bis 1792
Note: (Original final movement of the Piano Concerto #2)


Semiramide: Overture
Composer: Gioacchino Rossini
Ensemble: National Philharmonic Orchestra
Conductor: Riccardo Chailly
CD/Album: Rossini: 14 Overtures
Record co./Cat #: London 443850


Trios pour le coucher du Roy (Trios for the King's Bedtime)
Composer: Jean-Baptiste Lully
Ensemble: Chatham Baroque
CD/Album: Danse Royale
Record co./Cat #: Dorian 90272


Quintet for Flute, Harp & Strings
Composer: Jean Cras
Ensemble: Linos Harp Quintet
CD/Album: Linos Harfenquintett - Impressions
Record co./Cat #: Hanssler Classics 93175
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