Classical Music Playlist, September 27, 2023


Cellist Ofra Harnoy

Just after World War I Edward Elgar was ill, his beloved wife Alice was ill and getting mysteriously smaller and more fragile; “She seemed to be fading away before one’s very eyes,” Elgar later recalled. He was also deeply saddened by all the destruction and change that the war had brought to the world he had known. All that anguish, on so many levels, found its way into music that, despite it all, emerged as Elgar’s profoundly beautiful Cello Concerto in E-minor.

Cellist Ofra Harnoy recorded the concerto at Abbey Road Studios in 1996 but the master tapes went missing soon after. Finally found in 2022, the recording has now been released in September 2023. That recording is today’s Midday Masterpiece.

6:00 a.m.

George Friederich Handel

Concerto Grosso No. 2 in F major Opus 6/2 HWV 320

Boston Baroque; Martin Pearlman, conductor

6:12 a.m.

Camille Saint-Saens

Piano Trio No. 2 in E minor Opus 92/2

Munich Piano Trio

6:48 a.m.

Fernando Sor

Etude in G major Opus 29/11

Narciso Yepes, guitar

6:52 a.m.

Henry Purcell

Fantasia on One Note for 5 Viols in F

Orchestra of the 18th Century; Frans Bruggen, conductor

6:55 a.m.

Elliott Carter

A Fantasy about Purcell’s Fantasia upon one note

London Gabrieli Brass Ensemble; Christopher Larkin, conductor

7:00 a.m.

Sergei Rachmaninoff

Piano Concerto No. 3: I. Allegro ma non tanto in D minor Opus 30

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

7:16 a.m.

Franz Joseph Haydn

Symphony No. 96 “Miracle” in D major

English Chamber Orchestra; Jeffrey Tate, conductor

7:40 a.m.

Emilio Pujol

Tango Espagnol

Julian Bream, guitar

7:45 a.m.

Florence Price

Symphony No. 1: III. Juba Dance in E minor

Chineke! Orchestra; Roderick Cox, conductor

7:49 a.m.

Percy Grainger

The Gum Suckers March

Dallas Wind Symphony; Jerry Junkin, conductor

7:53 a.m.

Antonin Dvorak

RUSALKA: Polonaise in Eb major

Minnesota Orchestra; Eiji Oue, conductor

8:00 a.m.

Johann Sebastian Bach

Keyboard Concerto No. 7 in G minor BWV 1058

A Far Cry; Simone Dinnerstein, conductor Simone Dinnerstein, piano

8:14 a.m.

Leos Janacek

Lachian Dances

Czech Philharmonic Orchestra; Jose Serebrier, conductor

8:36 a.m.

Mario Albanese


Plinio Fernandes, guitar

8:38 a.m.

Paulinho Nogueira; Luiz Gonzaga

Bachianinha No. 2 / Araponga

Plinio Fernandes, guitar

8:42 a.m.

Anton Arensky

Piano Quintet: Scherzo Opus 51

Ying Quartet Adam Neiman, piano

8:52 a.m.

Ethel Smyth

Serenade in D: II. Scherzo. Allegro vivace in D major

BBC Philharmonic Orchestra; Odaline de la Martinez, conductor Tasmin Little, violin; John Lenehan, piano

9:00 a.m.

Ferdinand Ries

Piano Concerto No. 4 in C minor Opus 115

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra; Uwe Grodd, conductor Christopher Hinterhuber, piano

9:27 a.m.

Grace Williams

Ballads: II. Alla marcia solenne

BBC Welsh Symphony Orchestra; Vernon Handley, conductor

9:32 a.m.

Federico Moreno Torroba


Javier Calderon, guitar

9:44 a.m.

Stanislaw Moniuszko

Bajka (The Fairy Tale): Overture

Warsaw Philharmonic; Antoni Wit, conductor

10:00 a.m.

Antonio Vivaldi

Mandolin Concerto in C major RV 425

I Solisti Veneti; Claudio Scimone, conductor Bonifacio Bianchi, mandolin

10:09 a.m.

Ryuichi Sakamoto


La Pieta Angele Dubeau, violin

10:15 a.m.

Henri Vieuxtemps

Violin Concerto No. 4 in D minor Opus 31

German Chamber Philharmonic; Paavo Jarvi, conductor Hilary Hahn, violin

10:47 a.m.

Felipe Villanueva

Poetic Waltz (Vals Poetico)

State of Mexico Symphony; Enrique Batiz, conductor

10:51 a.m.

Frederic Chopin

Waltz No. 1 “Grande Valse Brillante”

National Philharmonic Orchestra; Richard Bonynge, conductor

10:58 a.m.

William Grant Still

Africa: Symphonic Poem

Fort Smith Symphony; John Jeter, conductor

11:27 a.m.

Francesco Geminiani

Concerto Grosso “La Follia” in D minor

Boston Baroque; Martin Pearlman, conductor

11:38 a.m.

Ethel Smyth

Concerto for Violin, Horn and Orchestra: I. Allegro moderato

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

11:49 a.m.

Carl Maria Von Weber

Concertino for Clarinet and Orchestra in Eb major Opus 26

Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment Antony Pay, clarinet

12:00 p.m.

Arcangelo Corelli

Concerto Grosso No. 6 in F major Opus 6

Musica Amphion; Pieter-Jan Belder, conductor

12:12 p.m.

Ronn McFarlane

Fermi’s Paradox

Carolyn Surrick, viola da gamba; Ronn McFarlane, lute

12:19 p.m.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Sinfonia Concertante for winds and orchestra in Eb major K 297b

Czech Philharmonic Orchestra; Libor Pesek, conductor Radomir Pivoda, flute; Jiri Mihule, oboe; Zdenek Tylsar, horn; Frantisek Herman, bassoon

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