Classical Music Playlist, September 21, 2023


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The entire conception of Gustav Holst’s suite “The Planets” is astrological not astronomical. In about 1913 the brother of English composer Arnold Bax, Clifford Bax, introduced Holst to astrology. It so happened that Holst had in his library a book published in 1912, “The Art of Synthesis,” by astrologer Alan Leo which describes the effect on a person’s temperament of each planet. This book may have influenced Holst’s composition and each movement’s subtitle, such as, “Jupiter, the Bringer of Jollity,” “Saturn, the Bringer of Old Age,” “Mars, the Bringer of War,” and “Venus, the Bringer of Peace,” and so on. Holst then completed the seven movements of “The Planets” between 1914-1915 (and would continue to cast personal horoscopes for his friends the rest of his life). Gustav Holst’s entire suite of “The Planets” is today’s Midday Masterpiece.

6:00 a.m.

Antonio Vivaldi

Violin Concerto No. 10 “The Hunt” in Bb major Opus 8 RV 362 (La Caccia)

Accademia Bizantina; Carlo Chiarappa, conductor Carlo Chiarappa, violin

6:09 a.m.

Franz Schubert

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

Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra; Carlos Kleiber, conductor

6:35 a.m.

Sergei Rachmaninoff

Prelude in C-sharp minor in C# minor Opus 3/2

Olga Kern, piano

6:41 a.m.

Carl Maria Von Weber

Bassoon Concerto in F major Opus 75

Tapiola Sinfonietta; Jean Jacques Kantorow, conductor Jaakko Luoma, bassoon

6:59 a.m.

Zoltan Kodaly

Marosszek Dances

Budapest Festival Orchestra; Ivan Fischer, conductor

7:12 a.m.

Antonin Dvorak

The Hero’s Song Opus 111

Czech Philharmonic Orchestra; Bohumil Gregor, conductor

7:36 a.m.

Fanny Mendelssohn

Melodie (Allegretto) No. 2 in C# minor Opus 4/2

Betty Ann Miller, piano

7:38 a.m.

Franz Liszt

Liebestraume: Nocturne No. 3 in Ab major S 541

Daniel Barenboim, piano

7:44 a.m.

Michael Torke


Atlanta Symphony Orchestra; Yoel Levi, conductor

7:54 a.m.

Fernando Sor

Etude in E minor Opus 6/11

Pablo Sainz Villegas, guitar

7:59 a.m.

Johann Sebastian Bach

Brandenburg Concerto No. 6 in Bb major BWV 1051

Il Giardino Armonico; Giovanni Antonini, conductor

8:18 a.m.

Gentil Montana

Suite Colombiana No. 2: III. Bambuco

Jose Antonio Escobar, guitar

8:25 a.m.

Gioachino Rossini


Chamber Orchestra of Europe; Claudio Abbado, conductor

8:37 a.m.

Teresa Carreno

Mi Teresita (Little Waltz)

Gabriela Montero, piano

8:46 a.m.

Ralph Vaughan Williams

English Folk Song Suite

University of Texas Wind Ensemble; Jerry Junkin, conductor

8:59 a.m.

Manuel Ponce

Piano Concerto No. 1 “Romantico”

Orquesta Sinf�nica de Miner�a (OSM); Carlos Miguel Prieto, conductor Jorge Federico Osorio, piano

9:23 a.m.

Marc-Antoine Charpentier

Te Deum: Prelude

English Chamber Orchestra; Anthony Newman, conductor Wynton Marsalis, trumpet

9:29 a.m.

Antonio Vivaldi

Four Seasons: Autumn (L’Autunno) in F major Opus 8/3 RV 293

Tafelmusik; Jeanne Lamon, conductor Jeanne Lamon, violin

9:41 a.m.

Ennio Morricone

The Mission: Gabriel’s oboe

Roma Sinfonietta Orchestra; Ennio Morricone, conductor Yo Yo Ma, cello

9:51 a.m.

Gioachino Rossini

TANCREDI: Overture

National Philharmonic Orchestra; Riccardo Chailly, conductor

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