Classical Music Playlist, May 11, 2023

William Grant Still

Composer William Grant Still was the first African-American to conduct a major orchestra (1936, Los Angeles Philharmonic). The first to conduct an orchestra in the deep South (1955, New Orleans Philharmonic). The first to have an opera produced by a major company (1949, “Troubled Island,” New York City Opera). The first to have an opera broadcast on television (posthumously in 1981, “A Bayou Legend,” PBS). And he was the first African-American to have a symphony performed by a major symphony orchestra, his Symphony No. 1, “Afro-American,” premiered in 1931 by the Rochester Philharmonic, then played again in 1935 by the New York Philharmonic. It’s today’s Midday Masterpiece as we celebrate this landmark composer’s birthday today (1895-1978).

6:00 a.m.

George Friederich Handel

Concerto Grosso No. 9 in F major Opus 6/9 HWV 327

Boston Baroque; Martin Pearlman, conductor

6:14 a.m.

Ludwig Van Beethoven

Triple Concerto for piano, violin, cello & orchestra in C major Opus 56

Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra; Kurt Masur, conductor Christian Zacharias, piano; Ulf Hoelscher, violin; Heinrich Schiff, cello

6:50 a.m.

Alexandre Desplat

Elisa’s Theme (from the 2017 movie ‘The Shape of Water’)

London Symphony Orchestra; Alexandre Desplat, conductor

6:54 a.m.

Marin Marais

Chaconne and Rondeau

Paolo Pandolfo, viola da gamba; Mitzi Meyerson, harpsichord; Thomas Boysen, baroque guitar; Pedro Estevan, percussion

7:01 a.m.

Ernst von Dohnanyi

Symphonic Minutes Opus 36

Buffalo Philharmonic; JoAnn Falletta, conductor

7:18 a.m.

William Grant Still

Lyric Quartet

Catalyst Quartet

7:35 a.m.

Margaret Bonds

Spiritual Suite: III. Troubled Water

Michelle Cann, piano

7:42 a.m.

Gioachino Rossini


Chamber Orchestra of Europe; Claudio Abbado, conductor

7:51 a.m.

Antonio Vivaldi

Mandolin Concerto (originally for violin) in A minor Opus 3/6 RV 356

Venice Baroque Orchestra Avi Avital, mandolin

7:59 a.m.

Gustav Holst

Suite No. 1 in Eb major Opus 28

North Texas Wind Symphony; Eugene Corporon, conductor

8:13 a.m.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Violin Concerto No. 4 in D major K 218

Deutsche Radio Philharmonie; Bruno Weil, conductor Lena Neudauer, violin

8:35 a.m.

Klaus Badelt

Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl: Selections

Cincinnati Pops; Erich Kunzel, conductor

8:41 a.m.

Michael Tilson Thomas

You Come Here Often?

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra; Joe Hisaishi, conductor Yuja Wang, piano

8:52 a.m.

Elena Ruehr

String Quartet No. 3: III. How She Danced

Cypress String Quartet

8:56 a.m.

Johann Sebastian Bach

Orchestral Suite No. 2: Badinerie BWV 1067

Scottish Chamber Orchestra; Rolf Smedvig, conductor Rolf Smedvig, trumpet

9:00 a.m.

William Grant Still

Wood Notes

Fort Smith Symphony; John Jeter, conductor

9:17 a.m.

Felix Mendelssohn

Athalia: March of the Priests Opus 74

New York Philharmonic; Leonard Bernstein, conductor

9:23 a.m.

Johannes Brahms

Cello sonata No. 1 in E minor Opus 38

Yo Yo Ma, cello; Emanuel Ax, piano

9:48 a.m.

John Williams

Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom: Parade of the Slave Children

Boston Pops Orchestra; John Williams, conductor

9:54 a.m.

Amy Beach

Invocation in D major Opus 55

Tasmin Little, violin; John Lenehan, piano

10:00 a.m.

George Phillip Telemann

Polish Concerto (Concerto Polonois) in G major

Apollo’s Fire; Jeannette Sorrell, conductor

10:10 a.m.

Alexandra Streliski

The Breach

Alexandra Streliski, piano

10:14 a.m.

Isaac Albeniz

Iberia: Festival Day in Seville (Fete-Dieu a Seville)

Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra; Jesus Lopez-Cobos, conductor

10:24 a.m.

Franz Joseph Haydn

Symphony No. 6 “Le Matin” in D major

The English Concert; Trevor Pinnock, conductor

10:46 a.m.

William Grant Still

Suite for Violin and Piano

Rachel Barton Pine, violin; Matthew Hagle, piano

11:00 a.m.

Arnold Bax


Ulster Orchestra; Bryden Thomson, conductor

11:16 a.m.

Carlos Gardel

Criollita de Mis Amores

Helsinki Philharmonic; Susanna Malkki, conductor Franz Halasz, guitar

11:20 a.m.

Giovanni Paisiello

Piano Concerto No. 4 in G minor

Saint Cecilia Chamber Orchestra; Pietro Spada, conductor Pietro Spada, piano

11:47 a.m.

Johannes Brahms

German Requiem: How Lovely is Thy Dwelling Place Opus 45

Chicago Symphony Orchestra; Georg Solti, conductor Chicago Symphony Chorus

11:54 a.m.

Clara Schumann

Soirees Musicales: II. Notturno Opus 6/2

David Quigley, piano

12:01 p.m.

Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Variations on a Rococo Theme Opus 33

Chamber Orchestra of Europe; John Eliot Gardiner, conductor Steven Isserlis, cello

12:20 p.m.

William Grant Still


Althea Waites, piano

12:26 p.m.

John Williams

Themes from Jurassic Park

Boston Pops Orchestra; John Williams, conductor

12:33 p.m.

Zoltan Kodaly

Dances of Galanta

Concertgebouw Orchestra; David Zinman, conductor

12:50 p.m.

Johann Sebastian Bach

Fantasia and Fugue in A minor in A minor BWV 904

Vikingur Olafsson, piano

1:01 p.m.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Horn Concerto No. 3 in Eb major K 447

Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra; Nicholas McGegan, conductor Lowell Greer, natural horn

1:17 p.m.

Florence Price

Fantasie Negre No. 4 in B minor

Michelle Cann, piano

1:25 p.m.

Antonin Dvorak

Vanda: Overture Opus 25

Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra; Libor Pesek, conductor

1:35 p.m.

Alexey Shor

Seascapes for Viola and Orchestra

London Philharmonic Orchestra; David Parry, conductor David Aaron Carpenter, viola

1:55 p.m.

Erik Satie

Gnossienne No. 1

Lang Lang, piano

2:00 p.m.

William Grant Still

Symphony No. 1 “Afro-American”

Detroit Symphony Orchestra; Neeme Jarvi, conductor

2:25 p.m.

Hildegard von Bingen

O Virtus Sapientiae (Antiphon for Divine Wisdom)

iSing Silicon Valley Esteli Gomez, soprano

2:29 p.m.

Richard Strauss

Horn Concerto No. 2 in Eb major

London Symphony Orchestra; Istvan Kertesz, conductor Barry Tuckwell, horn

2:51 p.m.

Tina Davidson

Blue Curve of Earth

Hilary Hahn, violin; Cory Smythe, piano

2:57 p.m.

Johann Sebastian Bach

Keyboard Concerto No. 4 in A major BWV 1055

Chamber Orchestra of Europe David Fray, piano

3:13 p.m.

Jean-Michel Blais


La Pieta Angele Dubeau, violin

3:18 p.m.

Carl Maria Von Weber

Andante and Hungarian Rondo Opus 35

Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields; Neville Marriner, conductor Klaus Thunemann, bassoon

3:29 p.m.

Antonin Dvorak

The Hero’s Song Opus 111

Czech Philharmonic Orchestra; Bohumil Gregor, conductor

3:53 p.m.

Elena Kats-Chernin


Tamara-Anna Cislowska, piano

3:59 p.m.

Florence Price

Dances in the Canebrakes

Chicago Sinfonietta; Mei-Ann Chen, conductor

4:09 p.m.

Franz Schubert

Moments Musicaux No. 3 in F minor Opus 94 D 780

John O’Conor, piano

4:11 p.m.

Marc-Antoine Charpentier

Te Deum: Prelude

Empire Brass William Kuhlman, organ

4:15 p.m.

Franz Liszt

Piano Concerto No. 2 in A major

Dallas Symphony Orchestra; Andrew Litton, conductor Andre Watts, piano

4:37 p.m.

Percy Grainger

Mock Morris

Dallas Wind Symphony; Jerry Junkin, conductor

4:42 p.m.

Chris Brubeck

Affinity: Concerto for Guitar and Orchestra

Maryland Symphony Orchestra; Elisabeth Schulze, conductor Sharon Isbin, guitar

4:59 p.m.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Symphony No. 40 in G minor K 550

Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields; Neville Marriner, conductor

5:29 p.m.

Agustin Barrios


Xuefei Yang, guitar

5:33 p.m.

Scott Joplin

Treemonisha Overture

Houston Grand Opera Orchestra; Gunther Schuller, conductor

5:42 p.m.

Joe Hisaishi

Asian Dream Song

Pan Strings; Joe Hisaishi, conductor Joe Hisaishi, piano

5:49 p.m.

Ludwig Van Beethoven

Violin Concerto: III. Rondo – Allegro in D major Opus 61

Concertgebouw Orchestra; Bernard Haitink, conductor Henryk Szeryng, violin

6:00 p.m.

William Grant Still

Symphony No. 4 “Autochthonous”

Fort Smith Symphony; John Jeter, conductor

6:27 p.m.

Florent Schmitt

Andantino Opus 30/1

Gervase de Peyer, clarinet; Gwenneth Pryor, piano

6:31 p.m.

Samuel Barber

Adagio for Strings Opus 11

English String Orchestra; William Boughton, conductor

6:39 p.m.

Enrique Granados

Danzas espanolas No. 10 “Triste”

Angel Romero, guitar; Celedonio Romero, guitar

6:44 p.m.

Jonny Greenwood

Alma (Phantom Thread Original Soundtrack)

6:49 p.m.

Libby Larsen

White Pieces: White Piece Nos. 2, 3

Nicholas Phillips, piano

6:54 p.m.

Hania Rani; Dobrawa Czocher

There Will Be Hope

Hania Rani, piano; Dobrawa Czocher, cello

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