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11/21/12 3:00PM

Some big-time beautiful works today, including Franck's Violin Sonata, Tchaikovsky's Rococo Variations, and Mendelssohn's Octet.



Symphony #4 in Bb, Op. 20
Composer: Niels Wilhelm Gade
Ensemble: Stockholm Sinfonietta
Conductor: Neeme Jarvi
CD/Album: Gade: Symphonies 3 & 4 - Jarvi
Record co./Cat #: Bis 338


Variazioni sulla Ritirata Notturna di Madrid, G 418 ("Variations on Night Music in the streets of Madrid")
Composer: Luigi Boccherini
Ensemble: I Solisti Italiani
CD/Album: I Solisti Italiani/Promenade Concert
Record co./Cat #: Denon 75040


Violin Sonata in A
Composer: Cesar Franck
Soloists: Joshua Bell, violin ; Jeremy Denk, piano
CD/Album: French Impressions
Record co./Cat #: Sony 88697820262


Variations for Clarinet and Orchestra
Composer: Gioachino Rossini
Ensemble: Bologna Comic Opera Theatre Orchestra
Conductor: Riccardo Chailly
Soloists: Dimitri Ashkenazy, clarinet
CD/Album: Rossini: String Sonatas Vol. 1
Record co./Cat #: London 433701


Petit Quatour (1935)
Composer: Jean Francaix
Soloists: Sabine Meyer, clarinet ; Eddie Daniels, clarinet ; Reiner Wehle, bass clarinet ; Wolfgang Meyer, basset horn
CD/Album: Blues for Sabine
Record co./Cat #: EMI 55253


I Thank You God for Most This Amazing Day
Composer: Eric Whitacre
Ensemble: Polyphony
Conductor: Stephen Layton
CD/Album: Cloudburst
Record co./Cat #: Hyperion 67543
Note: (#3 of "Three Songs of Praise"; setting of text by e.e. cummings)


Sonata in A, K 404
Composer: Domenico Scarlatti
Soloists: Mikhail Pletnev, piano
CD/Album: Scarlatti: Keyboard Sonatas
Record co./Cat #: Virgin Classics 45123


Variations on a Rococo Theme, Op. 33
Composer: Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Ensemble: Philharmonia Orchestra
Conductor: Giuseppi Sinopoli
Soloists: Mischa Maisky, cello
CD/Album: Elgar: Cellokonzert-Tchaikovsky: Rokoko Variatonen
Record co./Cat #: Deutsche Grammophon 431685


Ma Vlast: Tabor
Composer: Bedrich Smetana
Ensemble: Vienna Philharmonic
Conductor: James Levine
CD/Album: Smetana - Ma Vlast
Record co./Cat #: Deutsche Grammophon 431652


Piano Sonata #19 in g, Op. 49/1
Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven
Soloists: Louise Lortie, piano
CD/Album: Louis Lortie plays Beethoven: Complete Piano Sonatas
Record co./Cat #: Chandos 10616


Violin Concerto #4 in D, K 218
Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Ensemble: Kremerata Baltica
Soloists: Gidon Kremer, violin and conductor
CD/Album: Mozart: The COmplete Violin Concertos
Record co./Cat #: Nonesuch 512789


Voyage for Flute & Strings (1983)
Composer: John Corigliano
Ensemble: Eastman Philharmonia
Conductor: David Effron
Soloists: James Galway, flute
CD/Album: Corigliano - Pied Piper Fantasy - Voyage
Record co./Cat #: RCA 6602


Concert de Trompettes
Composer: Michel Richard Delalande
Ensemble: Simphonie du Marais
Conductor: Hugo Reyne
CD/Album: Delalande / Symphonies pour les Soupers du Roy
Record co./Cat #: Harmonia Mundi 901337


Impromptu #1 in Ab, Op. 29, B 110
Composer: Frederic Chopin
Soloists: Yundi, piano
CD/Album: Chopin: Scherzi, Impromptus
Record co./Cat #: Deutsche Grammophon B0003887


Octet for Strings
Composer: Felix Mendelssohn
Ensemble: Boston Chamber Music Society
CD/Album: Mendelssohn / Enescu: Octets
Record co./Cat #: BCMS 5


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