Program Guide 12-14-2017


December 14

1738 Jan Antonín Kozeluch – Bohemian composer (d.1814); concert master in Prague’s St. Vitus Cathedral for thirty years.

1873 Joseph Jongen – Belgian organist, composer, and music educator (d.1953); his Symphonie Concertante of 1926 is considered by many to be among the greatest works ever written for organ and orchestra; it was commissioned by Rodman Wanamaker for debut in the Grand Court of his palatial Philadelphia department store for the re-dedication of the world's largest pipe organ there, the Wanamaker Organ.

1918 premiere of Giacomo Puccini's Il trittico (The Triptych), three one-act operas, comprising Il tabarro (The Cloak), Suor Angelica and Gianni Schicchi, at the Metropolitan Opera in New York; since its first performance, the comedy Gianni Schicchi has been the most popular of the three.

1924 first performance of Ottorino Respighi's tone poem The Pines of Rome; the second work in his ‘Roman trilogy’, preceded by Fountains of Rome (1917) and followed by Roman Festivals (1926); employs an effect never done before: the sound of an actual nightingale recorded onto a phonograph record.

1929 Ron Nelson – American composer (88 years old); his Passacaglia (Homage on B-A-C-H) was the first piece to win all three major wind band composition prizes during one period — the National Band Association Prize, the American Bandmasters Association Ostwald Award, and the Sudler International Prize; conductor Leonard Slatkin says of him: "Nelson is the quintessential American composer. He has the ability to move between conservative and newer styles with ease. The fact that he's a little hard to categorize is what makes him interesting."

1936 first performance of Samuel Barber’s String Quartet Op 11 with its famous Adagio at the Villa Aurelia in Rome, Italy by the Pro Arte Quartet.

1947 Christopher Parkening – American guitarist (70 years old); created the guitar department at the University of Southern California in 1969, when he was only 22; currently Distinguished Professor of Music and Chair in Classical Guitar at Pepperdine University; retired from public performance in 2013.

1971 Riccardo Frizza – Italian conductor (46 years old); married to the Spanish soprano Davinia Rodriguez whom he met while conducting L'elisir d'amore at the Festival de Opera de Las Palmas in 2005.

1977 Andrés Orozco-Estrada – Colombian-born violinist and conductor (40 years old); Music Director of the Houston Symphony since 2014; Principal Guest Conductor of the London Philharmonic since 2015.


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Nov. 27, 2017

Program Guide


00:02:00 00:29:39 Franz Schubert Symphony No.  5 in B flat major   Christoph von Dohnányi Cleveland Orchestra MAA  1032
00:35:00 00:21:53 Ottorino Respighi The Pines of Rome  Herbert von Karajan Berlin Philharmonic DeutGram  4796018
01:00:00 00:40:55 Johannes Brahms Piano Quintet in F minor  Op 34 Cleveland Orch String Quartet  Vladimir Ashkenazy, piano Decca  425839
01:44:00 00:35:05 Johan Svendsen Symphony No.  1 in D major  Op 4  Mariss Jansons Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra EMI  49769
02:23:00 00:39:03 Antonín Dvorák String Quartet No. 11 in C major  Op 61   Emerson String Quartet DeutGram  4778765
03:05:00 00:21:42 Jan Antonín Kozeluch Oboe Concerto in F major  Potsdam Chamber Academy Albrecht Mayer Albrecht Mayer, oboe DeutGram  4792942
03:30:00 00:57:47 Anton Bruckner Symphony No. 9 in D minor   Christoph von Dohnányi Cleveland Orchestra Decca  425405
04:31:00 00:29:31 Édouard Lalo Piano Trio No.  3 in A minor  Op 26   Gryphon Trio Analekta  3127
05:04:00 00:21:21 Friedrich Witt Flute Concerto in G Op 8 Sinfonia Finlandia Patrick Gallois Patrick Gallois, flute Naxos  572089
05:28:00 00:14:08 Randol Alan Bass Christmas Ornaments Symphony Orchestra Jerold Ottley Mormon Tabernacle Choir Bonneville  9402
05:45:00 00:05:21 Frédéric Chopin Nocturne No.  1 in B flat minor  Op 9   Arthur Rubinstein, piano RCA  300350
05:49:00 00:07:16 Ralph Vaughan Williams Fantasia on Christmas Carols Cleveland Orchestra Robert Porco Todd Boyce, baritone; Cleveland Orchestra Chorus MAA  2005


06:07:00 00:03:03 Dag Wirén Praeludium from Serenade for Strings Op 11  William Boughton English String Orchestra Nimbus  7020
06:15:00 00:07:37 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Rondo from Piano Quartet No. 1   Fauré Quartet DeutGram  6609
06:23:00 00:10:43 Ralph Vaughan Williams Norfolk Rhapsody No. 1  Barry Wordsworth New Queen's Hall Orchestra Argo  440116
06:32:00 00:02:12 Traditional Angels We Have Heard on High  Patrick Dupré Quigley Seraphic Fire; Jacqueline Kerrod, harp SFM  14
06:40:00 00:07:33 Lukas Foss Salomon Rossi Suite  Lukas Foss Brooklyn Philharmonic New World  375
06:49:00 00:05:03 Johann Sebastian Bach Goldberg Variation No. 13   Simone Dinnerstein, piano Telarc  80715
06:55:00 00:02:15 John Philip Sousa March 'The Mikado'  Timothy Foley Nonpareil Wind Band EMI  54130
07:03:00 00:07:07 Sir Arthur Sullivan The Pirates of Penzance: Overture  Sir Neville Marriner Academy St. Martin in Fields Philips  434916
07:10:00 00:04:57 Domenico Scarlatti Sonata in G major    Sergei Babayan, piano ProPiano  224506
07:17:00 00:07:12 Tchaikovsky & Ellington The Nutcracker: March & Peanut Brittle  Steven Richman Harmonie Ensemble New York Harm Mundi  907493
07:28:00 00:02:47 Arthur Pryor The Whistler and His Dog  Ronald Corp New London Orchestra Hyperion  67067
07:32:00 00:05:09 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Rondeau from Divertimento No. 11   Orpheus Chamber Orchestra DeutGram  415669
07:40:00 00:09:53 Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov Scheherazade: The Sea and Sinbad's Ship Op 35 Berlin Philharmonic Herbert von Karajan Michel Schwalbé, violin DeutGram  4796018
07:55:00 00:03:12 Carl Nielsen Aladdin Suite: Oriental March Op 34  Howard Griffiths Brandenburg State Orchestra Klanglogo  1506
07:58:00 00:01:08 John Williams Home Alone: Holiday Flight  Robert Porco Cleveland Orchestra MAA  2014


08:07:00 00:05:53 Ludwig van Beethoven Minuet from Symphony No. 4 Op 60  George Szell Cleveland Orchestra Sony  373715
08:15:00 00:08:54 Antonín Dvorák Prague Waltzes  Antal Doráti Detroit Symphony Decca  414370
08:25:00 00:08:32 Johann David Heinichen Concerto Grosso in F major   Reinhard Goebel Cologne Musica Antiqua Archiv  437549
08:40:00 00:08:16 George Frederick Bristow Rip Van Winkle: Overture  Rebecca Miller Royal Northern Sinfonia New World  80768
08:55:00 00:06:26 Erich Wolfgang Korngold The Sea Hawk: Suite  Paul Bateman City of Prague Philharmonic Silva  3009
09:05:00 00:15:42 Franz Joseph Haydn String Quartet No. 34 in B flat major  Op 33   Angeles Quartet Decca  4783695
09:22:00 00:04:35 Felix Bernard Winter Wonderland  Petri Juutilainen Northern Lights Orch WSchatz  5
09:29:00 00:04:32 John Francis Wade O Come, All Ye Faithful Cleveland Orchestra Robert Porco Cleveland Orchestra Chorus MAA  2011
09:35:00 00:07:31 Ralph Vaughan Williams Scherzo: The Waves from 'A Sea Symphony' Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Robert Spano Atlanta Symphony Chorus Telarc  80588
09:45:00 00:06:56 Richard Heuberger The Opera Ball: Overture  Sir John Eliot Gardiner Vienna Philharmonic DeutGram  463185
09:55:00 00:03:26 Traditional O Sanctissima  Eugene Ormandy Philadelphia Orchestra Sony  87771
09:57:00 00:01:33 Traditional O Tannenbaum (O Christmas Tree)   Rita Ford Music Boxes Sony  87771


10:00:00 00:01:51 Michael Praetorius Terpsichore: Gavotte   Christopher Parkening, guitar EMI  55052
10:01:00 00:02:02 Manuel Ponce Prelude in the Baroque style   Christopher Parkening, guitar EMI  54853
10:03:00 00:12:49 Alfred Burt A Christmas Greeting Boston Pops Orchestra John Williams Tanglewood Festival Chorus Philips  416287
10:16:00 00:06:17 Ralph Vaughan Williams The Wasps: Ballet & Final Tableau  Michael Stern Kansas City Symphony Reference  129
10:22:00 00:03:37 René Clausen O magnum mysterium  Charles Bruffy Kansas City Chorale Chandos  5105
10:26:00 00:03:48 Leslie Adams Christmas Lullaby Cleveland Orchestra Gareth Morrell Cleve Orch Children's Chorus MAA  1993
11:00:00 00:12:01 Ron Nelson Courtly Airs and Dances  Jerry Junkin Dallas Wind Symphony Reference  76
11:12:00 00:08:35 Alan Hovhaness Alleluia & Fugue for String Orchestra Op 40  Rudolf Werthen I Fiamminghi Telarc  80392
11:25:00 00:02:52 Traditional I Saw Three Ships Cleveland Orchestra Robert Porco Cleveland Orchestra Chorus MAA  2005
11:27:00 00:02:38 George Wyle The Most Wonderful Time of the Year Cleveland Orchestra Robert Porco Cleveland Orchestra Chorus MAA  2014
11:30:00 00:02:21 Peter Tchaikovsky The Nutcracker: Dance of the Reed Pipes  Lorin Maazel Cleveland Orchestra Telarc  80068
11:32:00 00:03:38 Bob Chilcott The Time of Snow Cleveland Orchestra Robert Porco Cleve Orch Children's Chorus MAA  2011
11:36:00 00:02:04 Traditional Ding Dong! Merrily on High Cleveland Orchestra Robert Porco Cleveland Orchestra Chorus MAA  2008
11:41:00 00:01:21 Mikola Leontovich Carol of the Bells  Robert Porco Cleveland Orchestra Chorus MAA  2005
11:42:00 00:03:25 Lewis Redner O Little Town of Bethlehem Cleveland Orchestra Gareth Morrell Cleveland Orchestra Chorus MAA  1996
11:45:00 00:01:48 Traditional In dulci jubilo Cleveland Orchestra Gareth Morrell Cleveland Orchestra Chorus MAA  1999
11:47:00 00:08:03 Robert Russell Bennett The Many Moods of Christmas: Medley Cleveland Orchestra Robert Porco Cleveland Orchestra Chorus MAA  2002


12:07:00 00:06:19 Modest Mussorgsky Khovanshchina: Prelude 'Dawn on the  Claudio Abbado Berlin Philharmonic Sony  62034
12:13:00 00:08:32 Ron Nelson Savannah River Holiday  Howard Hanson Eastman-Rochester Orchestra Mercury  434324
12:21:00 00:02:32 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart German Dance in F  Leonard Bernstein New York Philharmonic Sony  87771
12:24:00 00:02:43 Sergei Prokofiev Lieutenant Kijé Suite: Troika Op 60  George Szell Cleveland Orchestra CBS/Sony  218


13:00:00 00:38:18 Charles Ives Symphony No. 2  Ludovic Morlot Seattle Symphony SeattleSM  1003
13:38:00 00:12:09 John Knowles Paine Poseidon and Amphitrite Op 44  JoAnn Falletta Ulster Orchestra Naxos  559748
14:00:00 00:02:35 Traditional Afro-Cuban Lullaby   Christopher Parkening, guitar EMI  54853
14:02:00 00:03:41 Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco Platero and I: Melancolia   Christopher Parkening, guitar EMI  54853
14:06:00 00:13:51 Mack Wilberg Christmas Carol Medley Symphony Orchestra Jerold Ottley Mormon Tabernacle Choir; Lois Matheson, soprano Bonneville  9402
14:20:00 00:07:13 Franz Liszt Years of Pilgrimage, 1st Year: Les   Antonio Pompa-Baldi, piano Centaur  3280
14:27:00 00:08:22 Christopher Rouse Karolju: Finale 'Italian' BBC Symphony Orchestra David Zinman Philharmonia Chorus RCA  11561
15:00:00 00:14:05 Anton Arensky Variations on Theme by Tchaikovsky Op 35  William Boughton English String Orchestra Nimbus  7020
15:14:00 00:10:33 John Taverner Magnificat à 5  Joseph Jennings Chanticleer Teldec  81829
15:24:00 00:04:44 Frank Bridge Sir Roger de Coverley  William Boughton English String Orchestra Nimbus  5366
15:29:00 00:04:51 Sir Thomas Beecham The Faithful Shepherd Suite: Pastorale  Yehudi Menuhin Royal Philharmonic MCA  6231
15:58:00 00:02:13 Giacomo Puccini Gianni Schicchi: Firenze è come un Orch del Teatro Regio di Parma Pier Giorgio Morandi Vittorio Grigolo, tenor Sony  775257


16:00:00 00:02:14 Giacomo Puccini Gianni Schicchi: O mio babbino caro London Philharmonic Sir Andrew Davis Nicole Cabell, soprano Decca  6590
16:06:00 00:03:34 Giacomo Puccini Suor Angelica: Intermezzo  Gianandrea Noseda BBC Philharmonic Chandos  10634
16:13:00 00:12:58 Peter Tchaikovsky The Nutcracker: Pas de deux  Fritz Reiner Chicago Symphony Orchestra RCA  300350
16:30:00 00:03:47 André Previn Valley of the Dolls: Theme  Erich Kunzel Cincinnati Pops Orchestra Telarc  80319
16:37:00 00:02:25 Tom Lehrer (I'm Spending) Hanukkah in Santa Monica  Ross Duffin Quire Cleveland Quire  105
16:41:00 00:08:19 Bruce Healey Medley 'Sing With Us of Christmas' Cincinnati Pops Orchestra Erich Kunzel Singing Hoosiers Telarc  80538
16:52:00 00:02:58 Franz Liszt Christmas Tree: Adeste Fidelis   Leslie Howard, piano Hyperion  66388
16:57:00 00:02:10 Johann Georg Ebeling All My Heart This Night Rejoices  John Rutter Cambridge Singers Collegium  503
17:04:00 00:06:02 Paul Ferguson The Little Drummer Boy Burning River Brass  Feza Zweifel, percussion BurnRiver  2004
17:13:00 00:11:33 Leroy Anderson Suite of Carols for Brass  Leonard Slatkin BBC Concert Orchestra Naxos  559357
17:26:00 00:08:09 Engelbert Humperdinck Hansel and Gretel: Dream Pantomime Bavarian Radio Symphony Jeffrey Tate Anne Sofie von Otter, mezzo; Barbara Bonney, soprano EMI  54022
17:40:00 00:04:54 Jacob Clemens non Papa Pastores quidnam vidistis   Stile Antico Harm Mundi  807575
17:46:00 00:03:09 Hans Leo Hassler Hodie Christus natus est   Stile Antico Harm Mundi  807575
17:51:00 00:07:48 Franz Schubert Overture in the Italian Style in D major   Christian Benda Prague Sinfonia Naxos  570329


18:09:00 00:17:13 John Rutter Gloria Philip Jones Brass Ensemble John Rutter Cambridge Singers; John Scott, organ Collegium  100
18:28:00 00:04:07 Peter Tchaikovsky The Seasons: December Op 37  Richard Bonynge London Symphony DeutGram  469376
18:34:00 00:04:28 Fanny Mendelssohn-Hensel The Year: December   Sarah Rothenberg, piano Arabesque  6666
18:40:00 00:12:49 Michael Haydn Symphony No. '1B' in F major   Ádám Fischer Austro-Hungarian Haydn Orch Nimbus  5392
18:57:00 00:01:53 Mack Wilberg One December, Bright and Clear Cleveland Orchestra Robert Porco Women of the; Cleveland Orchestra Chorus MAA  2008


19:02:00 00:21:42 Jan Antonín Kozeluch Oboe Concerto in F major  Potsdam Chamber Academy Albrecht Mayer Albrecht Mayer, oboe DeutGram  4792942
19:26:00 00:30:17 Felix Mendelssohn Symphony No. 1 in C minor  Op 11  Thomas Fey Heidelberg Symphony Hänssler  98275
19:57:00 00:02:00 Aaron Copland Midsummer Nocturne   Leo Smit, piano Sony  82849


20:02:00 00:16:49 Peter Tchaikovsky Capriccio italien Op 45  Herbert von Karajan Berlin Philharmonic DeutGram  4796018
20:21:00 00:12:54 Gustav Holst St. Paul's Suite Op 29  Richard Hickox City of London Sinfonia Chandos  9270
20:36:00 00:21:01 Ottorino Respighi The Pines of Rome  Lorin Maazel Cleveland Orchestra Decca  4787779
20:57:00 00:02:42 Aram Khachaturian Gayaneh: Lesghinka  Neeme Järvi Royal Scottish Nat'l Orch Chandos  8542


21:03:00 00:17:22 Joseph Jongen Concerto for Wind Quintet Op 124   Sylvan Wind Quintet Koch Intl  7081
21:22:00 00:05:18 Adolphe Adam O Holy Night  Andrew Carwood St. Paul's Cathedral Choir; Simon Johnson, organ Decca  4789225
21:29:00 00:12:35 Bryan Kelly Improvisations on Christmas Carols  Gavin Sutherland City of Prague Philharmonic Naxos  557099
21:44:00 00:05:50 Ottorino Respighi Suite for Strings: Siciliana  Salvatore Di Vittorio Respighi Chamber Orchestra Naxos  572332
21:51:00 00:38:11 Antonín Dvorák Symphony No.  7 in D minor  Op 70  Andrés Orozco-Estrada Houston Symphony PentaTone  578
22:31:00 00:19:40 Claudio Monteverdi Vespers of the Blessed Virgin: Apollo's Fire Jeannette Sorrell Sandra Simon, soprano; Ian Honeyman, tenor; Gareth Morrell, tenor; Jeffrey Strauss, baritone; Apollo's Singers Avie  2206
22:52:00 00:06:14 Igor Stravinsky Suite No.  2 for Small Orchestra  Riccardo Chailly London Sinfonietta Decca  417114


23:02:00 00:03:34 Giacomo Puccini Suor Angelica: Intermezzo  Gianandrea Noseda BBC Philharmonic Chandos  10634
23:05:00 00:05:47 Ottorino Respighi Aria for Strings  Salvatore Di Vittorio Respighi Chamber Orchestra Naxos  572332
23:11:00 00:04:08 Giuseppe Verdi La traviata: Act 1 Prelude  Myung-Whun Chung St Cecilia Academy Orchestra DeutGram  471566
23:17:00 00:04:42 Franz Schubert Ave Maria Symphony Orchestra  Ayako Shinozaki, harp; Chorus Sony  87771
23:21:00 00:06:36 Franz Liszt Harmonies poétiques: Ave Maria   Roberto Plano, piano Decca  4812479
23:28:00 00:07:01 Franz Biebl Ave Maria   Cantus Cantus  1211
23:37:00 00:06:58 Ottorino Respighi The Pines of Rome: The Pines of the  Mariss Jansons Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra EMI  55600
23:43:00 00:09:38 Joachim Raff In the Twilight from Symphony No. 3 Op 153  Hilary Davan Wetton Milton Keynes City Orchestra Hyperion  66628
23:55:00 00:02:40 Johann Sebastian Bach Cantata No. 156: Sinfonia in F major  Bavarian Radio Symphony Lisa Batiashvili Lisa Batiashvili, violin DeutGram  4792479

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