Classical Music Playlist, July 26, 2023

Finnish composer Jean Sibelius circa 1898-1900


Finnish composer Jean Sibelius circa 1898-1900

As Finnish composer Jean Sibelius was writing his First Symphony in the late 1890s, Russia took steps to limit Finland’s autonomy and absorb it into its Empire. Completed in 1899 about the time the Russian Tsar issued a manifesto outlining the Russification of Finland, the symphony opens with a clarinet, like a song of Finland, against the distant and consistent rumbling of the timpani like an approaching enemy. This sets the tone for the entire symphony of themes against competing forces (nearly always present in the timpani), often becoming an impassioned battle. This may or may not have been Sibelius’s intent, but he was a fierce Finnish nationalist and the same year composed his nationalistic “Finlandia.”  The Symphony No. 1 by Jean Sibelius is today’s Midday Masterpiece.

6:00 a.m.

Andrea Zani

Cello Concerto No. 1 in A major

Cologne Academy; Michael Alexander Willens, conductor Martin Rummel, cello

6:11 a.m.

Felix Mendelssohn

Piano Trio No. 2 in C minor Opus 66

Claremont Trio

6:41 a.m.

Claudio Monteverdi

Four Madrigals arranged for brass quintet Opus 30

Atlantic Brass Quintet

6:51 a.m.

Ethel Smyth

Concerto for Violin, Horn and Orchestra: II. Elegy. Adagio, “In memoriam”

BBC Philharmonic Orchestra; Odaline de la Martinez, conductor Sophie Langdon, violin; Richard Watkins, horn

6:59 a.m.

Jose Moncayo


Mexico National Symphony Orchestra; Enrique Arturo Diemecke, conductor

7:11 a.m.

Manuel Ponce

Piano Concerto No. 1 “Romantico”

Orquesta Sinfonica de Mineria (OSM); Carlos Miguel Prieto, conductor Jorge Federico Osorio, piano

7:35 a.m.

Johann Sebastian Bach

2 Gavottes in G minor BWV 995

Sharon Isbin, guitar

7:38 a.m.

Johann Sebastian Bach

Prelude (from Prelude and Fugue, Well-Tempered Clavier I:01) in C major BWV 846

Xuefei Yang, guitar

7:42 a.m.

Antonin Dvorak

Slavonic Rhapsody No. 2 in G minor Opus 45

Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra; Zdenek Kosler, conductor

7:55 a.m.

Carl Maria Von Weber

Abu Hassan Overture J 106

Tapiola Sinfonietta; Jean Jacques Kantorow, conductor

8:00 a.m.

Giuseppe Verdi


Philharmonic of La Scala; Riccardo Muti, conductor

8:09 a.m.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Piano Concerto No. 23 in A major K 488

English Chamber Orchestra; Jeffrey Tate, conductor Mitsuko Uchida, piano

8:36 a.m.

Barbara Strozzi

Il Primo Libro di Madrigali: Priego ad amore

Cappella Mediterranea; Leonardo Garcia Alarcon, conductor

8:42 a.m.


la bianca primavera

Yiruma, piano; Chanuk Kang, cello

8:45 a.m.

Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Symphony No. 1 “Winter Daydreams”: III. Scherzo in G minor Opus 13

Seattle Symphony; Gerard Schwarz, conductor

8:52 a.m.

Camille Saint-Saens

Symphony No. 3 “Organ”: Finale in C minor Opus 78

Montreal Symphony Orchestra; Kent Nagano, conductor Olivier Latry, organ

9:01 a.m.

Sergei Rachmaninoff

Piano Concerto No. 3 in D minor Opus 30

Dallas Symphony Orchestra; Andrew Litton, conductor Stephen Hough, piano

9:41 a.m.

George Walker

String Quartet No. 1 “Lyric”: II. Molto adagio

Catalyst Quartet

9:47 a.m.

Tomaso Albinoni

Trumpet Concerto in Bb major

Southwest German Chamber Orchestra; Vladislav Czarnecki, conductor Erik Schultz, trumpet

9:56 a.m.

Grace Williams

Hiraeth for Harp

Sandrine Chatron, harp

10:00 a.m.

Hamilton Harty

In Ireland

Ulster Orchestra; Bryden Thomson, conductor Colin Fleming, flute; Denise Kelly, harp

10:10 a.m.

Leos Janacek

Lachian Dances

Czechoslovak RSO, Bratislava; Ondrej Lenard, conductor

10:31 a.m.

Paul Hindemith

Symphonic Metamorphosis: IV. March

San Francisco Symphony; Herbert Blomstedt, conductor Randall Goosby, violin

10:48 a.m.

Aaron Copland

Our Town

Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra; Leonard Slatkin, conductor

10:59 a.m.

Franz Schubert

Sonata “Arpeggione” in A minor D 821

Emanuel Ax, piano; Yo Yo Ma, cello

11:24 a.m.

Amy Beach


Reykjavik Wind Quintet

11:29 a.m.

Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges

Symphony in G Major

Tafelmusik; Jeanne Lamon, conductor

11:44 a.m.

Klaus Badelt

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

Cincinnati Pops; Erich Kunzel, conductor

11:51 a.m.

Johannes Brahms

Violin Concerto: III. Allegro Giocoso (Finale) in D major Opus 77

Chicago Symphony Orchestra; Fritz Reiner, conductor Jascha Heifetz, violin

11:59 a.m.

Anton Arensky

Piano Quintet: Scherzo Opus 51

Ying Quartet Adam Neiman, piano

12:10 p.m.

Felix Mendelssohn

A Midsummer Night’s Dream: Nocturne

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra; Yoel Levi, conductor

12:17 p.m.

Robert Schumann

Symphony No. 3 “Rhenish” in Eb major Opus 97

Orchestre Revolutionnaire et Romantique; John Eliot Gardiner, conductor

12:48 p.m.


I Remember

Canadian Brass

12:54 p.m.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart


Orchestra of the 18th Century; Frans Bruggen, conductor

1:00 p.m.

Johann Sebastian Bach

Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 in F major BWV 1047

Berlin Academy of Ancient Music

1:12 p.m.

Ludwig Goransson

Ancestral Plane (Black Panther Original Score)

Studio Orchestra

1:18 p.m.

Louise Farrenc

Nonette in E flat in Eb major Opus 38

Minerva Chamber Ensemble; Kevin Geraldi, conductor

1:50 p.m.

Antonin Dvorak

RUSALKA: Polonaise in Eb major

Czech Philharmonic Orchestra; Vaclav Neumann, conductor

1:56 p.m.

Roland Dyens

Tango En Skai (Immitation Leather Tango)

Jason Vieaux, guitar

2:00 p.m.

Jean Sibelius

Symphony No. 1 in E minor Opus 39

Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra; Neeme Jarvi, conductor

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