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Luigi Cherubini: Overture to Eliza
Basel Symphony Orchestra, Ivor Bolton

Ivor Bolton has been Principal Conductor of the Basel Symphony Orchestra since the 2016-2017 season.

CD: Johannes Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 1 / Tragic Overture Harmonia Mundi 2021

Ralph Vaughan Williams: Fantasia on a Theme of Thomas Tallis
London Symphony Orchestra, Sir Antonio Pappano

“Vaughan Williams wrote the piece during one of his most fruitful periods of composition, after being commissioned by the Gloucester Three Choirs Festival.”

Fantasia on a Theme by Tallis LSO Live 2021

W.A. Mozart: String Quartet No. 15 in D minor, K. 421
Cuarteto Casals

This is the second of Mozart’s “Haydn Quartets” which date from 1875.

Mozart – String Quartets Dedicated to Joseph Haydn Harmonia Mundi 2021

Rob Kennedy speaks with JoAnn Falletta, music director of the Buffalo Philharmonic, about their new recording, The Four Seasons.

Astor Piazzolla: Spring (Primavera Porteña) from The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires
Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, JoAnn Falletta
Tessa Lark, violin

American conductor JoAnn Falletta is one of the world’s top conductors. No matter what music she conducts, she seems to channel the composer’s intentions with aplomb. This evening she conducts her Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra in a performance of Astor Piazzolla’s Spring (Primavera Porteña) from The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires. This CD was released earlier this year on the Beau Fleuve Records label.

Franz Liszt: Three Sonnets of Petrarch from Years of Pilgrimage: The Second Year — Italy
Benjamin Grosvenor, piano

From his CD on the Decca Classics label brilliant young British pianist Benjamin Grosvenor plays Three Sonnets of Petrarch from Years of Pilgrimage: The Second Year — Italy. Describing these monumental piano pieces, Liszt himself explains his rational for composing them: ” I have tried to portray in music a few of my strongest sensations and most lively impressions.”

Benjamin Grosvenor — Liszt Decca Classics 2021

Florence Price: The Mississippi River
Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, John Jeter

Florence Price (1887-1953), was the first African-American woman to be recognized as a symphonic composer. This recording is the latest in conductor John Jeter’s exploration of neglected music by Ms.Price.

Price: Symphony No. 3 / The Mississippi River / Ethiopia’s Shadow in America Naxos 2021

Francesco Geminiani: Concerto No. 12 in D minor, “La Follia”
Benedetti Baroque Orchestra
Nicola Benedetti, violin

Scottish-Italian violinist Nicola Benedetti (1987-) recently released an album on the Decca label featuring Baroque violin concerti. We’ll hear her play Francesco Geminiani’s Concerto No. 12 in D minor, “La Follia. The playing of both Ms. Benedetti and her band of early instrument players assembled for this recording is sprightly and thoroughly delightful.

Nicola Benedetti: Baroque Decca 2021

Sergei Rachmaninoff: Symphony No. 1 in D minor, Op. 13
Philadelphia Orchestra, Yannick Nezet-Seguin

Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Symphony No. 1 in D minor, Op. 13 receives a highly-nuanced interpretation by the Philadelphia Orchestra under the baton of its brilliant French-Canadian conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin.

Rachmaninoff: Symphony No. 1 · Symphonic Dances / Nézet-Séguin Deutsche Grammophon 2021

Rob Kennedy
November 14, 2021