What’s On Preview! | September 5, 2021

~Program~

Moritz Moszkowski: Three Musical Moments, Op. 7
Ian Hobson, piano

We’ve aired a few tracks from Ian Hobson’s Moritz Moszkowski Piano Works recordings. This evening Ian plays Moszkowski’s Three Musical Moments, Op. 7. As I listened to the piece, I had a sense of deja entendu. The writing is pretty, and light, just like the sort of music Eric Coates writes. Not very deep but very listenable. It’s on the Toccata Classics label.

Karl Stamitz: Symphony in D minor, Op. 15 No. 3
Cologne Academy, Michael Alexander Willens

From the pen of German composer Karl Stamitz (1745-1801) comes music that strikes me as listenable as the music of Mozart and Haydn. Michael Alexander Willens conducts the Cologne Academy in a performance of Symphony in D minor, Op. 15 No. 3.

Franz Schubert, transcribed by Franz Liszt: Ave Maria, D. 839
Benjamin Grosvenor, piano

He was only 19 when he played First Night at the Proms in 2011 to rave reviews. He was also the first British pianist to be signed with Decca in more than 5 decades. The English virtuoso pianist Benjamin Grosvenor plays Franz Liszt’s piano transcription of Schubert’s famous “Ave Maria”, D. 839. You can find it on his 2021 Decca album Benjamin Grosvenor Liszt.

Alexander Scriabin: Poem of Ecstasy, Op. 54
Kansas City Symphony, Michael Stern

Alexander Scriabin’s Poem of Ecstasy received its first performance in New York on December 10, 1908. It’s on a CD released earlier this year entitled One Movement Symphonies on the Reference Recordings label.

Dan McHugh speaks with Melanie Doerner, Executive Director of the Community Music School in Raleigh.

Anton Arensky: Egyptian Nights (complete ballet)
Moscow Symphony Orchestra, Dmitry Yablonsky

Russian composer Anton Arensky wrote this music in 1900 for a ballet about the love of Amoun for Cleopatra. This is an August 2021 re-release on Naxos of a recording that originally appeared on the Marco Polo label in 1997.

Antonín Dvořák: Sonatina in G, Op. 100
Randall Goosby, violin; Zhu Wang, piano

Randall Goosby is a student and protegé of Itzhak Perlman. On his debut CD, Roots he explores music written by black composers or inspired by black culture, as is the case with Dvořák’s Sonatina.

Johannes Brahms: Symphony No. 3 in F, Op. 90
Budapest Festival Orchestra, Ivan Fischer

The shortest of Johannes Brahms’ symphonies, the Symphony No. 3 was composed in 1883. Iván Fischer leads the Budapest Festival Orchestra in a performance which you can find on the Channel Classics label.

Rob Kennedy
September 5, 2021