Classical Music Playlist, August 16, 2023


Wilhelm Peterson-Berger in 1905


Wilhelm Peterson-Berger in 1905

After a busy musical life as an honored composer and harsh music critic, Swedish composer Wilhelm Peterson-Berger retired to an island where he had earlier bought some land and built a home. It was here that he composed his Symphony No. 5, titled “Solitudo,” which at times conveys the peace of an isolated location and past feelings of isolation from Swedish musical life earned by his notoriously caustic music reviews. Premiered in 1934, his final symphony sometimes received attacks equal to those he earlier dished out. One review noted that his chosen key of B-minor is unusual for a symphony and the best of them (by another composer) remains unfinished. Concluded this reviewer, “Unfortunately, Mr Peterson-Berger finished his ‘Solitudo.'” But away from his local enemies, the symphony won praise internationally. The Symphony No. 5 “Solitudo” by Wilhelm Peterson-Berger is today’s Midday Masterpiece.

6:00 a.m.

Jean-Philippe Rameau

Les Boreades suite (Abaris)

Capella Savaria; Mary Terey-Smith, conductor

6:22 a.m.

Reynaldo Hahn

String Quartet No. 2 in F major

Parisii Quartet

6:47 a.m.

Edward K. (Duke) Ellington

In a sentimental mood

Jason Vieaux, guitar

6:51 a.m.

Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky


Royal Philharmonic Orchestra; Yuri Temirkanov, conductor

7:00 a.m.

Johann Sebastian Bach

Aria Variata in A minor BWV 989

Vikingur Olafsson, piano

7:16 a.m.

Anton Reicha

Quintet for clarinet and strings in Bb major Opus 89

L’Archibudelli Charles Neidich, clarinet

7:43 a.m.

Koji Kondo

The Legend of Zelda Suite

London Philharmonic Orchestra

7:49 a.m.

Antonin Dvorak

Slavonic Dance No. 6 in Bb major Opus 72

Cleveland Orchestra; Christoph Von Dohnanyi, conductor

7:54 a.m.

Isaac Albeniz

Suite Espanola: No. 3 “Sevilla” Opus 47

Pepe Romero, guitar

8:00 a.m.

Ludwig Van Beethoven

Piano Concerto No. 5 “Emperor”: III. Rondo in Eb major Opus 73

Bavarian Radio Symphony; Kurt Sanderling, conductor Mitsuko Uchida, piano

8:11 a.m.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Symphony No. 35 “Haffner” in D major K 385

English Baroque Soloists; John Eliot Gardiner, conductor

8:35 a.m.

Ricardo Herz

Sisifo na Cidade Grande (Sisyphus in the Big City)

Sphinx Virtuosi; Joe Hisaishi, conductor David Garrett, violin; Itzhak Perlman, violin

8:44 a.m.

John Williams

Superman: Main Title

London Symphony Orchestra; John Williams, conductor

8:49 a.m.

Rebecca Clarke

Cello Sonata: I. Impetuoso

Raphael Wallfisch, cello; John York, piano

8:58 a.m.

Johan Svendsen

Carnival in Paris (Karnival i Paris) Opus 9

Latvian National Symphony; Terje Mikkelsen, conductor

9:13 a.m.

Henriette Renie

Trio for harp, violin and cello

Xavier de Maistre, harp; Ingolf Turban, violin; Wen-Sinn Yang, cello

9:39 a.m.

Johann Fux

Overture (Suite) in D minor E 109

Armonico Tributo; Lorenz Duftschmid, conductor

9:54 a.m.

Scott Joplin

Treemonisha: Prelude Act III

Houston Grand Opera Orchestra; Gunther Schuller, conductor

10:00 a.m.

Franz Berwald

Concert Piece in F major Opus 2

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

10:12 a.m.

Leonard Cohen

Famous Blue Raincoat

12 Ensemble Milos Karadaglic, guitar

10:15 a.m.

Agustin Barrios


Xuefei Yang, guitar

10:19 a.m.

Carl Stamitz

Symphonie Concertante for violin & viola in D major

Virtuosi of Prague; Rudolf Krecmer, conductor Oldrich Vlcek, violin; Josef Suk, viola

10:40 a.m.

Michael Daugherty

Once Upon A Castle: Neptune Pool

The Nashville Symphony; Giancarlo Guerrero, conductor Paul Jacobs, organ

10:48 a.m.

Camille Saint-Saens

Rhapsodie d’Auvergne Opus 73

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra; Andre Previn, conductor Jean-Philippe Collard, piano

11:00 a.m.

Ludwig Van Beethoven

Symphony No. 1 in C major Opus 21

Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra; Riccardo Chailly, conductor

11:24 a.m.

Robert Schumann

Kinderszenen: Traumerei (Dreaming) Opus 15/7

Isata Kanneh-Mason, piano

11:26 a.m.

Trevor Jones

Last of the Mohicans: The Kiss

La Pieta; Angele Dubeau, conductor Angele Dubeau, violin

11:31 a.m.

Johann Fischer


L’Orfeo Barokorkester; Michi Gaigg, conductor

11:42 a.m.

Andrew York


Aquarelle Guitar Quartet

11:49 a.m.

Aram Khachaturian

Spartacus: Adagio of Spartacus & Phrygia

The Bolshoi Theater Orchestra; Mark Ermler, conductor

11:59 a.m.

Jean Sibelius

Karelia Overture Opus 10

Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra; Neeme Jarvi, conductor

12:09 p.m.

Madeleine Dring

Colour Suite: IV. Blue Air

Sarah Cahill, piano

12:13 p.m.

Antonin Dvorak

Symphony No. 9 “From the New World” in E minor Opus 95

Cleveland Orchestra; Christoph Von Dohnanyi, conductor

12:55 p.m.

Joe Hisaishi

Princess Mononoke

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra; The Bach Choir; Joe Hisaishi, conductor Grace Davidson, soprano

1:00 p.m.

Jennifer Reason

INTERVIEW: Kurt Erickson

Kurt Erickson, composer

1:06 p.m.

Kurt Erickson

Seventeen Minutes and Twenty-Two Seconds

Jeff LaDeur, piano

1:29 p.m.

Jose Moncayo


Mexico National Symphony Orchestra; Enrique Arturo Diemecke, conductor

1:41 p.m.

John Williams


London Symphony Orchestra; John Williams, conductor London Voices

1:47 p.m.

Ernesto Nazareth

Odeon – Tango Brasileiro

Richard Cionco, piano

1:49 p.m.

Johann Joachim Quantz

Horn Concerto No. 9 in Eb major

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

2:00 p.m.

Wilhelm Peterson-Berger

Symphony No. 5 “Solitudo” in B minor

Norrkoping Symphony Orchestra; Michail Jurowski, conductor

2:29 p.m.

Pietro Locatelli

Concerto Grosso No. 3 in Bb major Opus 1/3

Raglan Baroque Players; Nicholas Kraemer, conductor

2:41 p.m.

Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov

March from Tsar Saltan Suite Opus 57

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra; Andre Previn, conductor

2:47 p.m.

Elena Roussanova

Moments of Arrival

Prague Radio Symphony; Julius Williams, conductor

3:01 p.m.

Johannes Brahms

Concerto for violin & cello “Double Concerto” in A minor Opus 102

Concertgebouw Orchestra; Bernard Haitink, conductor Henryk Szeryng, violin; Janos Starker, cello

3:35 p.m.

Ronn McFarlane

Fermi’s Paradox

Carolyn Surrick, viola da gamba; Ronn McFarlane, lute

3:42 p.m.

Leo Delibes

Sylvia: Procession of Bacchus from Act III

San Francisco Symphony; Michael Tilson Thomas, conductor

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