Notable Musical Anniversaries - 2011

Franz Liszt
February 5th - Jussi Björling (Swedish tenor) born 1911
February 20th - Percy Grainger (Australian composer) died 1961
March 8th - Alan Hovhaness (American composer) born 1911
March 21st - Alexander Glazunov (Russian composer) died 1936
March 29th - Richard Rodney Bennett (English composer) born 1936
March 29th - Alexandre Guilmant (French composer) died 1911
April 18th - Ottorino Respighi (Italian composer) died 1936
May 18th - Gustav Mahler (Bohemian composer) died 1911
June 9th - Frederick May (Irish composer) born 1911
June 14th - Johan Svendsen (Norwegian composer) died 1911
August 5th - Ambroise Thomas (French composer) born 1811
August 20th - Tomás Luis de Victoria (Spanish composer) died 1611
October 3rd - Steve Reich (American composer) born 1936
October 7th - Charles Dutoit (Swiss conductor) born 1936
October 22nd - Franz Liszt (Hungarian composer) born 1811
November 11th - Edward German (English composer) died 1936
November 23rd - Edwin York Bowen (English composer) died 1961

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December 2010 - Meeting

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT

Due to anticipated bad weather, the meeting due to be held on Wednesday, December 1st has been cancelled. The next meeting will take place on January 5th 2011.

As a small consolation, click below to hear a seasonal extract from Tchaikovsky's ballet, The Nutcracker.


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November 2010 - Meeting

Programme for Wednesday, November 3rd 2010

  1. Gioacchino Rossini (1792-1868): Wind quartet no.4 in B flat major (i. Allegro vivace) - Rotterdam Philharmonic Wind Soloists (6.44)
  2. Georges Bizet
  3. Jacques Offenbach (1819-1880): Suite No.2 for two cellos (iii. Polonaise) - Roland Pidoux and Etienne Peclard (5.40)
  4. Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901): String Quartet in E minor (iii. Prestissimo; iv. Scherzo: Fuga) - Britten Quartet (7.17)
  5. Richard Wagner (1813–1883): Siegfried Idyll - New York Philharmonic Orchestra, cond. Giuseppe Sinopoli (19.23)
  6. Giacomo Puccini (1858-1924): Crisantemi - Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra, cond. Riccardo Chailly (7.11)
  7. William Vincent Wallace (1812-1865): Two pieces ( i. Nocturne dramatique; ii. Melodie Irlandaise) - Rosemary Tuck, piano (10.44)
  8. Georges Bizet (1838–1875): Symphony in C major - Concertgebouw Orchestra, Amsterdam, cond. Bernard Haitink (29:15)

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October 2010 - Meeting

Alexander Glazunov
Programme for Wednesday, October 6th 2010

  1. Mily Balakirev (1837-1910): Islamey (orch. Liapunov) - Russian State Symphony Orchestra, cond. Igor Golovschin (8.56)
  2. César Cui (1835-1918): Everywhere Snow - Bolshoi Theatre Children's Choir, cond. Andrey Zaboronok (2.01)
  3. Alexander Borodin (1833-1887): Symphony No.3 in A minor (completed Glazunov) - Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, cond. Gennady Rozhdestvensky (19.48)
  4. Modest Mussorgsky (1839-1881): Pictures at an Exhibition ("The Hut on Fowl's Legs (Baba-Yaga)", "The Great Gate of Kiev") - Evgeny Kissin, piano (8.11)
  5. Modest Mussorgsky: Khovanshchina (Prelude) (orch. Rimsky-Korsakov) - London Symphony Orchestra, cond. Claudio Abbado (6.16)
  6. Alexander Glazunov (1865-1936): Symphony No. 5 in B flat major, Op. 55 - Royal Scottish National Orchestra, cond. José Serebrier (32.49)

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September 2010 - Meeting

Programme for Wednesday, September 1st 2010

Thomas Beecham, conductor (1879-1961)
  1. Frederick Delius (1862-1934): Summer Evening - Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (6.18)
  2. Franz Joseph Haydn (1732-1809): (In rehearsal) Symphony No. 100 in G major, "Military" - Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (5.25)
  3. Giacomo Puccini (1858-1924): La Boheme (Act I: Che gelida manina) - Jussi Bjorling, tenor; RCA Victor Orchestra (4.58)
  4. Frederick Delius: On hearing the first Cuckoo in Spring - Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (6.57)
  5. Franz Liszt (1811-1886): (In rehearsal) Orpheus, symphonic poem for orchestra - Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (4.31)
  6. Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827): (In rehearsal) Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67 - Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (6.45)
  7. Giacomo Puccini: La Boheme (Act I: Si, Mi Chiamano Mimi) - Victoria de los Angeles, soprano; RCA Victor Orchestra (5.03)
  8. Jean Sibelius (1865-1957): Violin Concerto in D minor, Op. 47 (iii. Allegro, ma non tanto) - Jascha Heifetz, violin; London Philharmonic Orchestra (6.53)

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June 2010 - Meeting

Programme for Wednesday, June 2nd 2010

  1. Anon (c 1600): Zouch, his march - James Tyler, lute; Nigel North, cittern; Douglas Wootton, bandora; Jane Ryan, bass viol (2:11)
  2. Charles Ives (1874-1954): From the Steeples and the Mountains - The London Gabrieli Brass Ensemble, cond. Christopher Larkin (4.24)
  3. Gustav Mahler (1860-1911): Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen "Songs of a wayfarer" - Bernadette Greevy, mezzo-soprano; National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland, cond. Janos Furst (17:49)
  4. Bela Bartok (1881-1945): Out of Doors "Szabadban", suite for piano, Sz. 81 - Max Levinson, piano (14.21)
  5. Joseph Haydn (1732-1809): Symphony No. 73 in D Major (iv. Finale: La Chasse -Presto) - The Hanover Band, cond. Roy Goodman (5:03)
  6. Leos Janacek (1854-1928): ): On an Overgrown Path, Series 1 (iv. The Madonna of Frydek; ii. A Blown-Away Leaf*; x. The Bird of Ill-Omen Lingers On) - Ivan Klansky, piano; *Ivan Moravec, piano (10:48)
  7. Jean Sibelius (1865–1957): Symphony No. 3 in C major, Op. 52 - Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, cond. Neeme Jarvi (29:15)
  8. Malcolm Arnold (1921-2006): The Padstow Lifeboat, Op. 94 - Grimethorpe Colliery Band, cond. Malcolm Arnold (4:45)

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May 2010 - Meeting

Programme for Wednesday, May 5th 2010

Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)

  1. Piano Quartet No.1 in G minor. Op.25 (iv. Rondo alla Zingarese. Presto) - Schubert Ensemble of London (8:39)
  2. Hungarian Dances for Orchestra (No. 1 in G minor; No. 3 in F major; No. 6 in D major) - Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra; cond. Claudio Abbado (8.15)
  3. A German Requiem, Op.45 (4. How lovely are thy dwellings) - Orchestre Revolutionnaire et Romantique; cond. John Eliot Gardiner (5.25)
  4. Variations on a Theme of Haydn for orchestra in B flat major (St. Anthony Variations), Op.56a (I. Chorale St Antoni: andante; variation VI, vivace; variation VII, grazioso) ) - Staatskapelle Dresden Orchestra, cond. Claudio Abbado (6.16)
  5. Violin Concerto in D, Op.77 (iii. Allegro giocoso, ma non tropo vivace) - Maxim Vengerov, violin; Chicago Symphony Orchestra, cond. Daniel Barenboim (7.56)
  6. Piano Concerto No.2 in B flat, Op.83 (iii. Andante) - Sviatoslav Richter, piano; Orchestra de Paris, cond. Lorin Maazel (12.31)
  7. Symphony No.2 in D, Op.73 (iii. Allegro con spirito) - Vienna Philharmonic Orch. cond. Wilhelm Furtwangler (8.28)
  8. Double Concerto for Violin & Cello in A minor, Op.102 (ii. Andante) - David Oistrakh, violin; Mstislav Rostropovich, cello; Cleveland Orchestra, cond. George Szell (7.50)
  9. Clarinet Quintet in B minor Op.115 (i. Allegro) - Thea King, clarinet; Gabrieli String Quartet (12.40)

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April 2010 - Meeting

Programme for Wednesday, April 7th 2010

Dmitri Shostakovich (1906-75)

  1. Symphony No.1 in F minor, Op.10 (i. Allegretto; ii. Allegro) - Czecho-Slovak Radio Orchestra (Bratislava), cond. Ladislav Slovak (14.03)
  2. The Nose – A Satirical Opera in Three Acts, Op.15 (i. Prologue; ii. A Barber’s Shop) - Mariinsky Soloists, Orchestra and Chorus, cond. Valery Gergiev. (5.53)
  3. The Golden Age - Ballet Suite, Op.22A (xiv. Polka) - National Symphony Orchestra of the Ukraine, cond. Theodore Kuchar. (2.08)
  4. Concerto No. 1 for Piano and Orchestra, Op.35 (i. Allegretto-Allegro vivace; ii. Lento) - André Previn, piano; William Vacchiano, trumpet; New York Philharmonic Orchestra, cond. Leonard Bernstein (13.39)
  5. Jazz Suite No. 1, Op.38a (i. Waltz) - Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, cond. Riccardo Chailly (2.37)
  6. Cello Concerto No. 1 in E flat Major Op.107 (iv. Allegro con brio) - Raphael Wallfisch, cello; English Chamber Orchestra, cond. Geoffry Simon (5.00)
  7. Tahiti Trot, for orchestra (arr. of Youmans "Tea for Two"), Op. 16 - Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, cond. Riccardo Chailly (3.33)
  8. Aaron Copland (1900-1990): Rodeo (No. 4, Hoe-Down) - Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, cond. Philip Ellis (3.36)

  9. Leo Delibes (1836-1891): Lakmé (Act II: Dov'e L'indiana Bruna? "Bell Song") - Maria Callas, soprano; Philharmonia Orchestra, cond. Tullio Serafin (8.05)

  10. Antonin Dvorak (1841-1904): Requiem (No. 11, Sanctus) - Magdalena Hajossyova, soprano; Vera Soukupova, alto; Jozef Kundlák, tenor; Peter Mikulás, bass; Slovak Philharmonic Choir & Orchestra, cond. Philip Zdenek Kosler (5.59)

  11. Tommaso Albinoni (1671-1750): Concerto for oboe, No. 9 in F major, Op.7 - Sarah Francis, oboe; London Haprsichord Ensemble (6.16)

  12. Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750): Prelude No. 1 in C major, BWV 846 (arr. Loussier) - Jacques Loussier Trio (5.23)

  13. Niccolò Paganini (1782-1840): Violin Concerto No. 1 in D major, Op. 6 (iii. Rondo - Allegro spiritoso) - Ilya Kaler, violin; Polish Radio and Television National Symphony Orchestra, cond. Stephen Gunzenhauser (9.53)

  14. Aaron Copland: Fanfare for the Common Man - Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, cond. Philip Ellis (3.09)

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March 2010 - Meeting

Programme for Wednesday, March 3rd 2010

Anniversary Programme

  1. Luigi Cherubini (1760-1842): Anacréon ou L'amour fugitif (Overture) - Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, cond. Neville Marriner (7.24)
  2. Friedrich Flotow (1812-1883): Martha (M'appari tutt'amor) - Jussi Bjorling, tenor (3.24)
  3. Robert Schumann (1810-1856): Symphony No.1 in B flat major, "Spring" - Staatskapelle Dresden, cond. Wolfgang Sawallisch (34.00)
  4. Richard Strauss (1864-1949): Salome (Dance of the Seven Veils) - New York Philharmonic Orchestra, cond. Dimitri Mitropoulos (9.00)
  5. Frederic Chopin (1810-1849): Waltz for piano No. 2 in A flat major, Op. 34/1 - Idil Biret, piano (5.44)
  6. Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901): La Forza del Destino (Solenne in quest'ora) - Jussi Bjorling, tenor; Robert Merrill, baritone; RCA Victor Symphony, cond. Renata Cellini (4.10)
  7. Gustav Mahler (1860-1911): Symphony No. 1 in D major, "Titan" (2. Kräftig bewegt, doch nicht zu schnell) - Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, cond. Bernard Haitink (7.53)
  8. Paul Dukas (1865-1935): The Sorcerer's Apprentice, symphonic scherzo for orchestra - Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra, cond. Ferenc Fricsay (10.33)
  9. Jacques Offenbach (1819-1880): La belle Hélène (Overture) - Cincinnatti Pops Orchestra, cond. Erich Kunzel (10.00)

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February 2010 - Meeting

Programme for Wednesday, February 3rd 2010

  1. William Alwyn (1905-85): Suite of Scottish Dances - Royal Ballet Sinfonia, cond. Gavin Sutherland (7:50)
  2. Anon. (13th century): Scottish Ladymass (i. Ave Maris Stella) - Canty (3:49)
  3. Max Bruch (1838-1920): Scottish Fantasy, for violin & orchestra, Op. 46 (i. Introduction: Grave; ii. Adagio cantabile) - Tasmin Little, violin; Royal Scottish National Orchestra, cond. Vernon Handley (8:48)
  4. Arvo Pärt (1935- ): My Heart's in the Highlands, for countertenor & organ - Stephen Wallace, counter-tenor; Matthew Owens, organ (7:29)
  5. Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847): Symphony No. 3 in A minor, Op. 56, "Scottish" (iv. Allegro vivacissimo-Allegro maestoso assai) - Bern Symphony Orchestra, cond. Peter Maag (10:49)
  6. Frederic Chopin (1810-1845): Prelude in A major, Op. 28 No. 7 - Sviatoslav Richter, piano (0:56)
  7. Benjamin Britten (1913-1976): Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge, Op. 10 (Introduction, theme and first four variations) - BBC Symphony Orchestra, cond. Andrew Davis (8.38)
  8. Hector Berlioz (1803-1869): Overture: Les Francs-Juges, Op. 3 - London Symphony Orchestra, cond. André Previn (12.29)
  9. Carl Nielsen (1865-1931): Helios Overture, Op. 17 - Aarhus Symphony Orchestra, cond. Lance Friedel (12.20)
  10. Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827): String Quartet No. 16 in F major, Op. 135 (iv. Finale: Grave ma non troppo tratto – Allegro) - Talich Quartet (6.36)
  11. Robert Schumann (1810-1856): Fantasiestücke, Op 12 (viii: Ende vom Lied – Mit guten Humor) - Sviatoslav Richter, piano (5.22)

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January 2010 - Meeting

MEETING CANCELLED DUE TO ADVERSE WEATHER


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