Classical Music Playlist, August 2, 2023


Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart


Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

From the mid 1700s “Harmoniemusik” was a popular musical form typically for a sextet of winds: pairs of oboes, bassoons and horns. These ensembles often played transcriptions of light music from popular operas and ballet at events and intended as ‘background music’ to be overheard rather than listened to intently. In 1782, Emperor Joseph II established his own Harmoniemusik ensemble but with four pairs of instruments: the above, plus clarinets. This octet arrangement (with occasional instrument variations) became the fashion, and it’s possible that Mozart composed his Serenade No. 12 for Winds for the Emperor’s new Harmoniemusik Octet. But unusually, it’s in a minor key which makes the Serenade rather dark and not the typical light entertainment of Harmoniemusik heard “in the background.” Exactly why and for whom he composed this darker music remains a mystery. Mozart’s Serenade No. 12 in c-minor is today’s Midday Masterpiece.

6:00 a.m.

Antonio Vivaldi

Bassoon Concerto in Eb major RV 483

I Musici Klaus Thunemann, bassoon

6:08 a.m.

Muzio Clementi

Symphony No. 4 in D major

Philharmonia Orchestra; Claudio Scimone, conductor

6:38 a.m.

Henriette Renie

Piece Symphonique

Xavier de Maistre, harp

6:48 a.m.

Ernest Chausson

Viviane Opus 5

BBC Philharmonic Orchestra; Yan Pascal Tortelier, conductor

7:01 a.m.

Johann Sebastian Bach

Concerto for Three Keyboards in D minor BWV 1063

Hamburg Philharmonic; Christoph Eschenbach, conductor Christoph Eschenbach, piano; Gerhard Oppitz, piano; Justus Frantz, piano

7:16 a.m.

Luigi Boccherini

Cello Concerto No. 9 in Bb major G 482

Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra; Ton Koopman, conductor Yo Yo Ma, cello

7:34 a.m.

Heitor Villa-Lobos

Prelude no. 1 in E minor

Julian Bream, guitar

7:38 a.m.

Fanny Mendelssohn

Allegro di molto in E minor

Joanne Polk, piano

7:42 a.m.

Pablo Casals


City of Birmingham Cellos; Mirga Grazinyte-Tyla, conductor Sheku Kanneh-Mason, cello

7:49 a.m.

Max Bruch

Scottish Fantasy: IV. Finale Opus 46

Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields; Joshua Bell, conductor Joshua Bell, violin

7:59 a.m.

Ludwig Van Beethoven

Symphony No. 9: II. Molto Vivace (Scherzo and Trio) in D minor Opus 125

Cleveland Orchestra; Christoph Von Dohnanyi, conductor

8:12 a.m.

Zoltan Kodaly

Hary Janos Suite

Budapest Festival Orchestra; Ivan Fischer, conductor

8:36 a.m.

Johannes Brahms

Intermezzo in Eb major Opus 117/1

Benjamin Grosvenor, piano

8:43 a.m.

Gustav Mahler

Symphony No. 1: 2nd movement in D major

San Francisco Symphony; Michael Tilson Thomas, conductor

8:51 a.m.

Bela Bartok

Romanian Folk Dances SZ 56

Orpheus Chamber Orchestra

8:59 a.m.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Symphony No. 38 “Prague” in D major K 504

Prague Chamber Orchestra; Charles Mackerras, conductor

9:35 a.m.

Amy Beach

From Blackbird Hills

Lara Downes, piano

9:40 a.m.

Ralph Vaughan Williams

The Lark Ascending

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra; Simon Rattle, conductor Nigel Kennedy, violin

10:00 a.m.

Carl Maria Von Weber

DER FREISCHUTZ: Overture Opus 77 J 277

Hanover Band; Roy Goodman, conductor

10:10 a.m.

Luigi Boccherini

Symphony No. 5 in Bb major Opus 21 G 497

Tafelmusik; Jeanne Lamon, conductor

10:28 a.m.

George Gershwin

PORGY AND BESS: It Ain’t Necessarily So

Duo Sonidos

10:32 a.m.

Clara Schumann

Piano Concerto: III. Finale in A minor Opus 7

The Women’s Philharmonic; JoAnn Falletta, conductor Angela Cheng, piano

10:44 a.m.

Franz Liszt

Hungarian Rhapsody No. 1 in F minor

Budapest Symphony Orchestra; Andras Korodi, conductor

10:57 a.m.

Franz Schubert

Symphony No. 8 “Unfinished” in B minor D 759

Chamber Orchestra of Europe; Claudio Abbado, conductor

11:25 a.m.

Giovanni Gabrieli

Canzon Septimi Toni No. 2

Chicago Symphony Brass; Mark Ridenour, conductor

11:29 a.m.

Olivia Belli


Olivia Belli, piano

11:32 a.m.

Richard Rodney Bennett

Murder On the Orient Express

BBC Concert Orchestra; Gavin Sutherland, conductor Valentina Lisitsa, piano

11:36 a.m.

Johann Friedrich Fasch

Concerto “The Hunt” (Die Jagd) in D major

Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields; Iona Brown, conductor

11:50 a.m.

Hugo Wolf

Italian Serenade in G major

I Solisti Italiani

11:59 a.m.

Antonio Soler

Three Sonatas

State of Mexico Symphony; Enrique Batiz, conductor

12:12 p.m.

Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco

Prelude and Fugue No. 3 in A minor Opus 199

Brasil Guitar Duo

12:18 p.m.

Felix Mendelssohn

Piano Concerto No. 2 in D minor Opus 40

Quebec Symphony Orchestra; Louis Lortie, conductor Louis Lortie, piano

12:40 p.m.

Florence Price

String Quartet No. 2: III. Juba in A minor

Catalyst Quartet

12:46 p.m.

Robert Schumann

Manfred Overture Opus 115

London Symphony Orchestra; Neeme Jarvi, conductor

12:59 p.m.

Charles Gounod

Petite Symphonie for winds in Bb major

Bolshoi Theater Wind Orchestra; Vladimir Andropov, conductor

1:20 p.m.

Philipp Friedrich Boddecker

Violin Sonata, from Sacra Partitura in D minor RISM A/I: B 3263

Carrie Krause, baroque violin; John Lenti, theorbo

1:29 p.m.

Giuseppe Verdi

AIDA: Triumphal March from Act II

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra; Robert Shaw, conductor Atlanta Symphony Chorus

1:40 p.m.

Clara Schumann

Three Romances for Violin and Piano Opus 22

Isata Kanneh-Mason, piano; Elena Urioste, violin

1:52 p.m.

Johann Sebastian Bach

Concerto in D major: I. Allegro in D major BWV 972

Los Angeles Philharmonic; Gustavo Dudamel, conductor Raphael Feuillatre, guitar

2:00 p.m.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Serenade for Winds in C minor K 388

Winds of the Chamber Orchestra of Europe

2:28 p.m.

Sergei Prokofiev

Symphony No. 1 “Classical” in D major Opus 25

Chamber Orchestra of Europe; Claudio Abbado, conductor

2:42 p.m.

Pietro Castrucci

Concerto Grosso in D major Opus 3/12

Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment; Catherine Mackintosh, conductor Catherine Mackintosh, violin

2:52 p.m.

Amy Beach

Romance (1893) in D major Opus 23

Tasmin Little, violin; John Lenehan, piano

3:00 p.m.

Mikhail Glinka


BBC Philharmonic Orchestra; Vassily Sinaisky, conductor

3:06 p.m.

George Friederich Handel

Water Music Suite No. 1 in F major HWV 348

Les Violons du Roy; Bernard Labadie, conductor

3:35 p.m.

Zhen Chen


Zhen Chen, piano; Jiaju Shen, pipa; Feifei Yang, erhu

3:39 p.m.

Johannes Brahms

Symphony No. 4: I. Allegro non troppo in E minor Opus 98

Berlin Philharmonic; Herbert von Karajan, conductor

3:53 p.m.

Isaac Albeniz

Suite Espanola: No. 1 “Granada” Opus 47/1

Manuel Barrueco, guitar

3:59 p.m.

Gabriel Faure

Masques and Bergamasques Opus 112

Seattle Symphony; Ludovic Morlot, conductor

4:14 p.m.

Ernesto Lecuona

Andalusia Suite: Malaguena

Richard Cionco, piano

4:19 p.m.

Wilhelm Peterson-Berger

Symphony No. 4 “Stockholm” (Holmia): I. Allegro moderato in A major

Norrkoping Symphony Orchestra; Michail Jurowski, conductor

4:27 p.m.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Flute Concerto No. 1 in G major K 313

Academy of Ancient Music; Christopher Hogwood, conductor Lisa Beznosiuk, flute

4:53 p.m.

Fernando Sor

Etude in E minor Opus 6/11

Pablo Sainz Villegas, guitar

4:58 p.m.

Robert Schumann

Introduction and Allegro appassionato in G major Opus 92

Berlin Philharmonic; Claudio Abbado, conductor Murray Perahia, piano

5:13 p.m.

John Barry

Dances With Wolves: John Dunbar Theme

Cincinnati Pops; Erich Kunzel, conductor

5:21 p.m.

Antonin Dvorak

Czech Suite Opus 39

Prague Philharmonia; Jakub Hrusa, conductor

5:45 p.m.

Federico Moreno Torroba


David Russell, guitar

5:48 p.m.

Cecile Chaminade

Etude Melodique Opus 118

Joanne Polk, piano

5:54 p.m.

Sergei Prokofiev

Romeo & Juliet: Dance of the Knights Opus 64

Toronto Symphony Orchestra; Jukka-Pekka Saraste, conductor

5:59 p.m.

Franz Joseph Haydn

Symphony No. 47 “The Palindrome” in G major

Hanover Band; Roy Goodman, conductor

6:27 p.m.

Antonio Vivaldi

Mandolin Concerto in C major RV 425

Venice Baroque Orchestra Avi Avital, mandolin

6:36 p.m.

Jonathan Leshnoff


The Nashville Symphony; Giancarlo Guerrero, conductor

6:44 p.m.

Jessie Montgomery


String Orchestra of New York; Julian Wachner, conductor

6:48 p.m.

Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco

Variations Across the Centuries: Waltz #2 & #3 & Foxtrot Op 71

Xavier Jara, guitar

6:53 p.m.

Isolina Carrillo

Dos Gardenias

Havana Lyceum Orchestra; Jose Antonio Mendez Padron, conductor Sarah Willis, horn; Harold Madrigal Frias, trumpet

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