Notable Musical Anniversaries - 2009

February 3rd - Felix Mendelssohn (German composer) born 1809
March 11th - Haydn Wood (English composer) died 1959
April 14th - George Frideric Handel (German composer) died 1759
May 18th - Isaac Albéniz (Spanish composer) died 1909
May 31st - Franz Joseph Haydn (Austrian composer) died 1809
July 15th - Ernest Bloch (Swiss composer) died 1959
August 28th - Bohuslav Martinu (Czech composer) died 1959
September 10th - Henry Purcell (English composer) born 1659
November 17th - Heitor Villa-Lobos (Brazilian composer) died 1959
November 19th - Mikhail Ippolitov-Ivanov (Russian composer) born 1859
November 26th - Albert Ketèlbey (English composer) died 1959

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December 2008 - Meeting

Programme for Wednesday, December 3rd 2008

  1. Peter Tchaikovsky (1840-1893): The Nutcracker, Op. 71 (Chinese Dance) - Baltimore Symphony Orchestra; cond. Sergiu Comissiona (1:10)
  2. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791): Concerto for flute and harp in C major, K.299 (ii. Andantino) - Jennifer Stinton, flute; Aline Brewer, harp; Philharmonia Orchestra, cond. Tamas Vasary (10:04)
  3. Domenico Zipoli (1688-1726): Elevation for oboe and cello - Julia Girdwood, oboe; Consort of London, cond. Robert Haydon Clarke (7:50)
  4. Bernhard Crusell (1775-1838): Clarinet Concerto No. 2 in F minor, Op. 5 (iii. Rondo) - Hakan Rosengren, clarinet; Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra; cond. Okko Kamu (6:04)
  5. Giochino Rossini (1792-1868): William Tell (Overture) - London Symphony Orchestra; cond. Geoffrey Simon (12:15)
  6. Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741): Bassoon Concerto in E minor, RV 484 (i. Allegro poco; iii. Allegro) - Frantisek Hermann, bassoon; Capella Istropolitana; cond. Jaroslav Krecek (7:08)
  7. Giochino Rossini: Tancredi (Overture) - Philharmonia Orchestra, cond. Carlo Maria Giulini (6:28)
  8. Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750): Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248 (Part 1. No. 1. Chorus. Jauchzet, frohlocket, auf, preiset die Tage) - Monteverdi Choir; English Baroque Soloists, cond. John Eliot Gardiner (7:41)
  9. Anton Rubinstein (1829-1894): Concert Waltz - USSR Symphony Orchestra, cond. Evgeni Svetlanov (6:14)
  10. Giovanni Gabrieli (1555-1612): Christmas Mass - Gabrieli Consort and Players; cond. Paul McCreesh
  11. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 25 in C major, K. 503 (i. Allegro maestoso) - Stephen Bishop Kovacevich, piano; London Symphony Orchestra, cond. Colin Davis (14:54)

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November 2008 - Meeting

Programme for Wednesday, November 5th 2008

  1. Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958): Fantasia on 'Greensleeves' - London Symphony Orchestra; cond. Adrian Boult (4:38)
  2. Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov (1844-1908): Sadko ("Song of the Indian Guest") - Zurab Sotkilava, tenor; Orchestra of the Bolshoi State Academy Theatre; cond. Andrei Tchistyakov (4:01)
  3. Modest Mussorgsky (1839-1881): Triumphal March (The Capture of Kars) - London Symphony Orchestra; cond. Claudio Abbado (5:34)
  4. Henryk Górecki (1933- ): Totus tuus - Choir Of King's College Cambridge; cond. Stephen Cleobury (8:55)
  5. Jenö Hubay (1858-1937): Hejre Kati, Scene from the Czarda, No.4 - Hungarian State Orchestra; cond. Matyas Antal (6:28)
  6. Giacomo Puccini (1858-1924): La Rondine (Act I: Chi il bel sogno di Doretta) - Montserrat Caballé, soprano; London Symphony Orchestra; cond. Charles Mackerras (3:10)
  7. Giacomo Puccini: Turandot (Act III: Nessun dorma!) - Roberto Alagna, tenor; London Voices; Orchestra of the Royal Opera Covent Garden, cond. Mark Elder (5:04)
  8. Dmitri Shostakovich (1906–1975): Concerto for Violin and Orchestra No. 1 (2nd Movement – Scherzo, Allegro) - Arabella Steinbacher, violin; Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, cond. Andris Nelsons (6:46)
  9. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756–1791): Laudate Dominum - Emma Kirkby, soprano (4:30)
  10. Carl Maria von Weber (1786–1826): Clarinet Concerto No.2 in E flat major (i. Allegro, ii. Andante con moto, iii. Alla Polacca) - Emma Johnson, clarinet; English Chamber Orchestra; cond. Gerard Schwarz (23.20)
  11. John Rutter (1945- ): A Clare Benediction - Choir of Clare College, Cambridge (3:30)

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October 2008 - Meeting

Programme for Wednesday, October 1st 2008

  1. Giochino Rossini (1792-1868): Semiramide (Overture) - Philharmonia Orchestra; cond. Carlo Maria Giulini (12:52)

  2. Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827): Four Irish Songs - Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, baritone; Michael Raucheisen, piano

  3. Franz Schubert (1797-1828): Symphony No.9 in C major 'The Great', D. 944 (iv. Allegro vivace) - Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment; cond. Charles Mackerras (15:21)

  4. Haydn Wood (1882-1959): Roses of Picardy - Stuart Burrows, tenor (4:35)

  5. Bedrich Smetana (1824-1884): Vltava (The Moldau), symphonic poem - BBC Symphony Orchestra, cond. Vilem Tausky (14:55)

  6. Franz Schubert: The Shepherd on the Rock, D. 965 - Lynda Russell, soprano; Peter Hill, piano; David Campbell, clarinet (10:40)

  7. Gabriel Fauré (1845-1924): Pavane, for orchestra & chorus ad lib in F sharp minor, Op. 50 - Renaissance Singers; Ulster Orchestra, cond. Yan Pascal Tortelier (5:31)

  8. Ludwig van Beethoven: Fantasia for piano, chorus, and orchestra ("Choral Fantasy"), Op. 80 - Daniel Barenboim, piano; John Alldis Choir; New Philharmonia Orchestra, cond. Otto Klemperer (21:06)


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September 2008 - Meeting

Programme for Wednesday, September 3rd 2008

  1. Hamish MacCunn (1868-1916): Highland Memories (iii. Harvest Dance) - Royal Ballet Sinfonia; cond. John Wilson (3:12)

  2. Antonín Dvorák (1841-1904): Slavonic Dances, Op.46 (7: Allegro assai in C minor) - Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz; cond. Leif Segerstam (3:43)

  3. Edvard Grieg (1843-1907): 2 Nordic Melodies (2: Cow Keepers' Tune and Country Dance (Kulokk and Stabbelåten) - Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra; cond. Ole Kristian Ruud (4:41)

  4. Jules Massenet (1842-1912): Thaïs (Act III: Te souvient-il du lumineux voyage) - Renée Fleming, soprano; Giuseppe Sabbatini, tenor; Bordeaux Aquitaine National Orchestra; cond. Yves Abel (5:09)

  5. Jules Massenet: Chérubin (Act III: Vive amour qui rêve) - Valérie Masterson, soprano; National Symphony Orchestra, John Owen Edwards (2:54)

  6. Jules Massenet: Le Cid (Act III: O Souverain, Ô Juge, Ô Pére) - Ben Heppner, tenor; London Symphony Orchestra, London Voices, cond. Myung-Whun Chung (5:35)

  7. Percy Grainger (1882-1961): Country Gardens, folk song for piano - Martin Jones, piano (2:05)

  8. Percy Grainger: The Three Ravens - Monteverdi Choir; English Country Gardiner Orchestra; cond. John Eliot Gardiner (4:16)

  9. Percy Grainger: Molly On The Shore - London Wind Orchestra; cond. Denis Wick (3:54)

  10. Franz Schubert (1797-1828): Piano Trio in E flat major ("Nocturne"), D. 897 - Beaux Arts Trio (13:01)

  11. Anton Bruckner (1824-1896): Symphony No. 7 in E major (iii. Scherzo: Nicht schnell, Trio: Langsam) - Concertgebouw Orchestra; cond. Bernard Haitink (9:24)


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June 2008 - Meeting

Programme for Wednesday, June 4th 2008

  1. Jean-Philippe Rameau (1683-1764): Zaïs (Overture) - Les Talens Lyriques; cond. Christophe Rousset (5:20)

  2. Johann Strauss II (1825-1899): Die Fledermaus (Act 2. Czárdás. Klänge der Heimat!) - Lucia Popp, soprano; Munich Radio Orchestra; cond. Plácido Domingo (4:27)

  3. Richard Strauss (1864-1949): Der Rosenkavalier, suite from the opera for orchestra, o.Op. 145 - Dresden Staatskapelle; cond. Rudolf Kempe (17:45)

  4. George Frideric Handel (1685-1759): Alexander's Feast, ode for St. Cecilia's Day, HWV 75 (Part 2: "Now strike the golden lyre again"; "Revenge, revenge, Timotheus cries") - Thomas Allen, baritone; Choir of King's College, Cambridge; English Chamber Orchestra; cond. Philip Ledger (10:40)

  5. Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901): Aroldo (Sinfonia) - Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra; cond. Herbert von Karajan (9:30)

  6. Richard Wagner (1813-1883): The Flying Dutchman (Act I: "Die Frist ist um") - Bryn Terfel, bass baritone; Metropolitan Opera Orchestra; cond. James Levine (11:54)

  7. Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827): Romance for violin & orchestra No. 2 in F major, Op. 50 - Josef Suk, violin; Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields; cond. Neville Marriner (8:25)

  8. Franz Joseph Haydn (1732-1809): The Creation (The heavens are telling) - Wiener Singverein; Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra; cond. Herbert von Karajan (4:00)

  9. Camille Saint-Saens (1835-1921): Samson et Dalila (Bacchanale) - Czech Radio Symphony Orchestra (Bratislava); cond. Stephen Gunzenhauser (8:01)


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May 2008 - Meeting

Programme for Wednesday, May 7th 2008

Northern Lights - A Tour of Scandinavia


  1. Dag Wirén (1905-1986): Serenade for strings, Op. 11 - Bournemouth Sinfonietta; cond. Richard Studt (14:54)

  2. Edvard Grieg (1843-1907): Lyric Pieces (6) for piano, Book 3, Op. 43
    - Zoltán Kocsis, piano (12:49)

  3. Jean Sibelius (1865-1957): The Swan of Tuonela, tone poem for orchestra (Lemminkäinen Suite No. 3), Op. 22/3 - Philharmonia Orchestra; cond. Geoffrey Simon (9:13)

  4. Edvard Grieg: Wedding Day at Troldhaugen, lyric piece for piano, Op. 65/6 - BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra; cond. Jerzy Maksymiuk (6:04)

  5. Carl Nielsen (1865-1931): Hymnus amoris, for soloists, chorus & orchestra, FS 21 (Op. 12) - Barbara Bonney, soprano; John Mark Ainsley, tenor; Lars Pedersen, tenor; Michael W. Hansen, baritone; Bo Anker Hansen, bass; Danish National Radio Choir; Copenhagen Boys' Choir; Danish National Radio Symphony Orchestra; cond. Ulf Schirmer (20:12)

  6. Jean Sibelius: Karelia Suite, for orchestra, Op. 11
    - Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra; cond. Mariss Jansons (15:50)


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April 2008 - Meeting

Programme for Wednesday, April 2nd 2008

  1. Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827): Fidelio, opera, Op. 72 (Overture; Act I, Aria: "O war ich schon mit dir vereint") - Helen Donath, soprano; Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra; cond. Herbert von Karajan (10:56)

  2. Olivier Messiaen (1908-1992): Des Canyons aux Étoiles (Part 1, i. Le Désert) - Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France; cond. Myung-Whun Chung (3:57)

  3. Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov (1844-1908): Russian Easter Festival Overture, Op. 36 - Philharmonia Orchestra; cond. Yevgeny Svetlanov (15:00)

  4. Giacomo Puccini (1858-1924): Turandot (Signore, ascolta!; Non piangere, Liu) - Jussi Bjorling, tenor; Renata Tebaldi, soprano; Rome Opera Orchestra; cond. Erich Leinsdorf (7:43)

  5. Giacomo Puccini: Tosca (E lucevan le stelle) - Jonas Kaufmann, tenor; Prague Philharmonic Orchestra; cond. Marco Armiliato (3:21)

  6. Bedrich Smetana (1824-1884): The Bartered Bride (Overture) - Czech Philharmonic Orchestra; cond. Karel Ančerl (6:22)

  7. Gustav Mahler (1860-1911): Symphony No. 7 in E minor ("Song of the Night") (iii. Scherzo) - Chicago Symphony Orchestra; cond. Georg Solti (9:14)

  8. Claude Debussy (1862-1918): The Girl with the Flaxen Hair - Hallé Orchestra; cond. Mark Elder (5:00)

  9. Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958): Symphony No. 2 in G major ("A London Symphony") (iv. Andante con moto; Maestoso alla marcia; Allegro; Lento; Epilogue) - London Symphony Orchestra; cond. André Previn (13:36)

  10. Modest Mussorgsky (1839-1881): Boris Godunov (Coronation Scene) - Berlin Radio Symphony Chorus; Slovak Philharmonic Choir; Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra; cond. Claudio Abbado (8:00)


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March 2008 - Meeting

Programme for Wednesday, March 5th 2008

  1. Peter Tchaikovsky (1840-1893): The Sleeping Beauty, ballet, Op. 66 (Act I: Prologue: March (No. 1). Entrance of King and Court; Scena (No. 7). The Four Princes; Finale (No. 9). La Fée des lilas paraît) - Russian National Orchestra; cond. Mikhail Pletnev (14:28)

  2. Sergey Prokofiev (1891-1953): Romeo and Juliet, ballet in 4 acts, Op. 64 (Act I, Dance of the Knights) - National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine; cond. Andrew Mogrelia (5:50)

  3. Sergey Prokofiev: Cinderella, Suite No. 1 for orchestra, Op. 107 (Cinderella's Waltz) - Ukrainian State Symphony Orchestra; cond. Theodore Kuchar (2:45)

  4. Erik Satie (1866-1925): Gymnopedies for piano, 1 & 2 - Aldo Ciccolini, piano (5:37)

  5. Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov (1844-1908): Scheherazade, symphonic suite for orchestra, Op. 35 (1. "The Sea and Sinbad's ship" in E major") - Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra; cond. Herbert von Karajan (10:01)

  6. Léon Minkus (1826-1917): La Bayadere (4. Maestoso; 5. Andante sostenuto; 6. Moderato assai; 7. Allegro molto; 8. Moderato con moto) - English Chamber Orchestra; cond. Richard Bonynge (10:30)

  7. Michael Tippett (1905-1998): Negro Spirituals (5), for chorus (from "A Child of Our Time") - BBC Singers; cond. Stephen Cleobury (12:11)

  8. Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847): Symphony No. 4 in A major ("Italian"), Op. 90 - London Philharmonic Orchestra; cond. Franz Welser-Möst (30:02)


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February 2008 - Concert

National Concert Hall, Friday, February 29th 2008

Verdi: Requiem

Cara O’Sullivan, soprano
Jane Irwin, mezzo-soprano
Peter Auty, tenor
Yun Mo Yang, baritone
RTÉ Philharmonic Choir (Mark Duley chorus master)
RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra
Gerhard Markson conductor

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Tony Foster R.I.P.

Tony Foster, one of the club's founder members, died on February 27th 2008. He had been ill for some time.

Tony was an enthusiastic participant in our early meetings at Brady's Pub. He presented several programmes, preparing each one in his usual meticulous fashion. His last programme was at our February 2006 meeting, when he played a series of extracts from well-known and less familiar concertos. The range of Tony's musical interests can be gauged from the list of composers represented in that programme: Antonio Vivaldi, Philip Glass, Bela Bartok, to name but three.

We extend our deepest sympathies to Tony's family in their bereavement.

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February 2008 - Meeting

Programme for Wednesday, February 6th 2008

Michael William Balfe (1808-1870)

Presenter: John Allen

  1. The Bohemian Girl (I dreamt I dwelt in marble halls) - Margaret Burke-Sheridan, soprano

  2. Come into the garden Maud - John McCormack, tenor

  3. The Siege of Rochelle (Lo, the early beam of morning) - Kate Hurney, Rhoda Bachmann, John Hall, Michael Maurel

  4. The Maid of Artois (The light of other days) - Jeffrey Talbot

  5. Le puits d'amour (Rêves d'amour, rêves de gloire) - Sumi Jo, soprano; English Chamber Orchestra; cond. Richard Bonynge

  6. Johann Strauss II: Zigeunerin-Quadrille (on themes from The Bohemian Girl) - Vienna Philharmonic; cond. Riccardo Muti

  7. Falstaff (Vorrei parlar, ma l'ira) - Elisabetta Scano, soprano; Elena Monti, soprano; Adriana Cicogna, mezzo soprano; Philharmonia Orchestra of London; cond. David Parry

  8. Killarney - Louis Browne, tenor

  9. Trust Her Not - Felicity Lott, soprano; Ann Murray, mezzo soprano; Graham Johnson, piano

  10. Excelsior - Robert Tear, tenor; Benjamin Luxon, baritone; Andre Previn, piano

  11. The Rose of Castile ('Twas rank and fame that tempted thee) - Jerry Hadley, tenor; English Chamber Orchestra; cond. Richard Bonynge

  12. Il Talismano (Nella Dolce Trepidanza) - Deborah Riedel, soprano; Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra; cond. Richard Bonynge

  13. The Bohemian Girl (Act III: See at your feet a suppliant one; When the fair land of Poland) - Nova Thomas, soprano; Jonathan Summers, baritone; Patrick Power, tenor; National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland; cond. Richard Bonynge

  14. The Maid of Artois (Act I finale) - Kay Jordan; Jonathan Pugsley


Michael Balfe web site


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