Classical Music Playlist, July 24, 2023


The opening notes of Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 4 belong to the piano alone.


The opening notes of Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4 belong to the piano alone.

Beethoven opens his Piano Concerto No. 4 not with a traditional orchestral introduction but with a solo piano; and not even dramatically, but “softly, sweetly” as he noted in the score [piano, dolce”]. No one had ever started right off with the solo instrument before. The public premiere of this Concerto was also a notable marathon event: in a 4-½ hour concert Beethoven also gave world premieres of his 5th and 6th symphonies, his “Choral Fantasy” and more. It was also his final performance as a piano soloist in a work with orchestra because of his worsening hearing loss. Beethoven’s Piano Concerto #4 is today’s Midday Masterpiece.

6:00 a.m.

Antonio Vivaldi

Concerto for lute and 2 violins in D major RV 93

Bach Sinfonia; Daniel Abraham, conductor Ronn McFarlane, lute; C. Ann Loud, violin; Marlisa del Cid Woods, violin

6:11 a.m.

Carel Anton Fodor

Symphony No. 3 in C minor Opus 19

Netherlands Radio Chamber Orchestra; Anthony Halstead, conductor

6:40 a.m.

Connor Chee

Navajo Vocable No. 4

Angelica Hairston, harp

6:45 a.m.

Christoph Forster

Horn Concerto in Eb major ICF 6

St. Luke’s Chamber Ensemble Stewart Rose, horn

6:59 a.m.

Ralph Vaughan Williams

Oboe Concerto

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic; Vernon Handley, conductor Jonathan Small, oboe

7:18 a.m.

Florence Price

Piano Concerto in One Movement

New York Youth Symphony; Michael Repper, conductor Michelle Cann, piano

7:36 a.m.

Jean-Philippe Rameau


Concert Royal Orchestra; James Richman, conductor

7:41 a.m.

Camille Saint-Saens

French Military March Opus 60 (Suite Algerienne: Marche militaire francaise)

London Philharmonic Orchestra; Geoffrey Simon, conductor

7:47 a.m.

Dario Marianelli

Pride & Predjudice Suite: The Living Sculptures of Pemberly

Jean-Yves Thibaudet, piano

7:51 a.m.

Luigi Boccherini

Quintet for guitar and strings No. 4: III. Fandango in D major G 448

Pacifica Quartet Sharon Isbin, guitar

8:00 a.m.

Carl Maria Von Weber

Oberon Overture J 306

Hanover Band; Roy Goodman, conductor

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