Classical Music Playlist, September 8, 2023


Béla Bartók and wife Ditta Pásztory-Bartók


Béla Bartók and wife Ditta Pásztory-Bartók

Béla Bartók was a superb pianist and his first and last compositions in life were both for his instrument: a waltz he wrote at age 9, and his Piano Concerto No. 3 as he was dying in New York City as a gift for his pianist wife to perform to help support herself after he was gone. In fact, he passed before he completed the last 17 measures, which were completed by a friend and former student. (But at the end of the incomplete score, he did write “The End.”) Bartók’s Piano Concerto No. 3 is today’s Midday Masterpiece.

6:00 a.m.

George Friederich Handel

Concerto Grosso No. 5 in D major Opus 6/5 HWV 323

Academy of Ancient Music; Andrew Manze, conductor

6:15 a.m.

Sergei Rachmaninoff

Symphonic Dances Opus 45

Philadelphia Orchestra; Yannick Nezet-Seguin, conductor

6:52 a.m.

Astor Piazzolla

La Muerte del Angel (Death of the Angel)

Franz Halasz, guitar

6:55 a.m.

Aaron Copland

In Evening Air

Lang Lang, piano

7:00 a.m.

Felix Mendelssohn

Symphony No. 4 “Italian”: I. Allegro Vivace in A major Opus 90

Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment; Charles Mackerras, conductor

7:11 a.m.

Bernhard Crusell

Clarinet Concerto No. 2 in F minor Opus 5

Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra; Okko Kamu, conductor Martin Frost, clarinet

7:34 a.m.


Wild Mountain Thyme

Sharon Isbin, guitar

7:39 a.m.

Teresa Carreno

Elegy No. 1 Opus 17

Clara Rodriguez, piano

7:44 a.m.

George Phillip Telemann

Tafelmusik II: Concerto for 3 violins in F major

Musica Antiqua Koln; Reinhardt Goebel, conductor Members of…

7:59 a.m.

George Friederich Handel

Concerto Grosso No. 3 in G major Opus 3/3 HWV 314

Handel & Haydn Society; Christopher Hogwood, conductor

8:08 a.m.

Joaquin Rodrigo

Concierto Andaluz for 4 guitars

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

8:33 a.m.

Madeleine Dring

Colour Suite: IV. Blue Air

Sarah Cahill, piano

8:38 a.m.

Ludwig Van Beethoven

Piano Concerto No. 1: I. Allegro con brio in C major Opus 15

Netherlands Radio Philharmonic; Karina Canellakis, conductor Alice Sara Ott, piano

8:53 a.m.

Gian Carlo Menotti


Columbia Symphony Orchestra; Thomas Schippers, conductor

8:59 a.m.

Ernest Chausson

Symphony in Bb major Opus 20

Philharmonia Orchestra; Francesco d’Avalos, conductor

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