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October 8 — October 14, 2012

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Monday, October 8
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SYNOPSIS:
Stravinsky's "Ode" ...

MUSIC PLAYED ON TODAY'S PROGRAM:
Igor Stravinsky (1882 – 1971):
Ode
London Symphony; Michael Tilson Thomas, cond.
BMG 68865

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:
On Igor Stravinsky

ALSO ON THIS DATE:
Births:
1870 — French composer and organist Louis Vierne, in Poitiers;
1930 — Japanese composer Toru Takemitsu, in Tokyo;
1953 — English composer Robert Saxon, in London;

Deaths:
1834 — French composer François Boieldieu, age 58, in Jarcy;

Premieres:
1903 — Nielsen: "Helios" Overture, in Copenhagen;
1943 — Stravinsky: "Ode" (in memory of Natalie Koussevitzky), by the Boston Symphony conducted by Serge Koussevitzky;
1960 — Prokofiev: opera "The Story of a Real Man" (posthumously) at the Bolshoi in Moscow; A semi-public performance of this opera was given in Leningrad on Dec. 3, 1948, but the opera was rejected by Soviet authorities for subsequent performances during the composer's lifetime;
1966 — Stravinsky: "Requiem Canticles," in Princeton, with Robert Craft conducting;
1992 — Ligeti: Violin Concerto, in Cologne, by the Ensemble Moderne conducted by Peter Eötvös, and Saschko Gawriloff the soloist;
1993 — Corigliano: "Troubadours (Variations for Guitar and Orchestra)," at the Ordway Music Theater in St. Paul, with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra conducted by Hugh Wolff, and guitar soloist Sharon Isbin;
1999 — Kernis: "Garden of Light" and Torke: "Four Seasons" (both commissioned by the Disney Company at the urging of its Chief Executive, Michael Eisner), for the Millennium season of the New York Philharmonic, with Kurt Masur conducting the orchestra, vocal soloists, and choirs in both pieces;


Tuesday, October 9
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SYNOPSIS:
Bolcom's "View" on choral matters ...

MUSIC PLAYED ON TODAY'S PROGRAM:
William Bolcom (b. 1938):
A View from the Bridge
Lyric Opera of Chicago; Dennis Russell Davies, cond.
New World 80558

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:
On William Bolcom

ALSO ON THIS DATE:
Births:
1585 — Baptismal date of German composer Heinrich Schütz, in Bad Löstritz;
1835 — French composer, conductor and pianist Camille Saint-Saëns, in Paris;
1914 — American composer Roger Goeb, in Cherokee, Iowa;
1938 — Finnish composer Einojuhani Rautavaara, in Helsinki;
1940 — John Lennon (of the Beatles), in Liverpool, England;

Deaths:
1999 — Jazz vibraphone virtuoso, Milt Jackson, age 76, in New York City; He was a member of the famous Modern Jazz Quartet;

Premieres:
1826 — Rossini: opera, "The Siege of Corinth," at the Paris Opéra;
1891 — Dvorák: "Requiem," Op. 89, in Birmingham, England;
1896 — Dvorák: String Quartet No. 13 in G, Op. 106, in Prague, by the Bohemian Quartet;
1921 — Janácek: "Taras Bulba" (after Gogol), in Brno;
1955 — Shostakovich: Violin Concerto No. 1, by the Leningrad Philharmonic conducted by Yevgeny Mravinsky, with David Oistrakh the soloist;
1963 — Henze: Symphony No. 4 in Berlin, with the composer conducting;
1980 — Jon Deak: Concerto for Oboe d'amore and Orchestra, by the New York Philharmonic conducted by Zubin Mehta with Thomas Stacy as soloist;
1985 — Anthony Davis: opera "X: The Life and Times of Malcolm X," in Philadelphia; The opera's New York City Opera premiere occurred the following year on September 28, 1986;
1986 — Andrew Lloyd-Webber: musical "Phantom of the Opera," at Her Majesty's Theatre in London; The musical opened on Broadway at the Majestic Theater on January 26, 1988;
1987 — Corigliano: "Campane di Ravello" (Bells of Ravello) for orchestra (a birthday tribute to Sir Georg Solti), in Chicago, with Kenneth Jean conducting;
1992 — David Ott: Symphony No. 3, by the Grand Rapids (Michigan) Symphony, Catherine Comet conducting;
1997 — Robert X. Rodriguez: "Il Lamento di Tristano," by flutist Susan Morris De Jong and guitarist Jeffrey Van, at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis;
1999 — Bolcom: opera "A View From the Bridge," by the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Dennis Russell Davies, cond.
1999 — Michael Torke: symphonic oratorio "Four Seasons," at Avery Fisher Hall in New York, by soloists, chorus, and the New York Philharmonic, Kurt Masur conducting;


Wednesday, October 10
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SYNOPSIS:
Mr. Dukelsky and Mr. Duke ...

MUSIC PLAYED ON TODAY'S PROGRAM:
Vladimir Dukelsky (1903 – 1969):
Zephyr et Flore Ballet
Hague Orchestra; Gennady Rozhdestvensky, cond.
Chandos 9766

Vernon Duke (1903 – 1969):
Autumn in New York
Dawn Upshaw, soprano; orchestra; Eric Stern, cond.
Nonesuch 79531

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:
On Vernon Duke

ALSO ON THIS DATE:
Births:
1813 — Italian composer Giuseppe Verdi, in Le Roncole, near Parma. Probable true date of his birth, according to parish records, though Verdi celebrated it on the 9th, the date he believed correct;
1903 — Russian-born American composer and songwriter Vernon Duke (Vladimir Dukelsky), in Pskov (Julian date: Sept. 27);
1906 — American composer Paul Creston (Giuseppe Guttoveggio), in New York;
1920 — American Jazz composer and pianist Thelonious Monk, in Rocky Mount, N.C.;

Deaths:
1825 — Russian composer Dimitri Bortniansky, age c. 74, in St. Petersburg (Julian date: Sept. 28);

Premieres:
1919 — R. Strauss: opera, "Die Frau ohne Schatten" (The Woman Without a Shadow) at the Vienna Staatsoper, conducted by Franz Schalk, and with vocal soloists Lotte Lehmann (Barak's wife), Maria Jeritza (The Empress), Karl Oestvig (The Emperor), Richard Mayr (Barak), and Lucie Weidt (The Nurse);
1931 — Walton: oratorio, "Belshazzar's Feast," at the Leeds Festival;
1935 — Gershwin: opera "Porgy and Bess" at the Alvin Theater in New York City; The opera had a trial run in Boston which opened on September 30, 1935;
1938 — Shostakovich: String Quartet No. 1, in Leningrad, by the Glazunov Quartet;
1948 — Bernstein: song-cycle, "La Bonne Cuisine" (Four Recipes for Voice and Piano), at Town Hall in New York City, with mezzo-soprano Marion Bell and pianist Edwin MacArthur;
1968 — Berio: "Sinfonia," by New York Philharmonic and The Swingle Singers, with the composer conducting;
1985 — Benjamin Lees: Symphony No. 4 ("Memorial Candles") in Dallas, with Pinchas Zukerman the soloist;


Thursday, October 11
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SYNOPSIS:
Vivaldi and Messiaen for the birds ...

MUSIC PLAYED ON TODAY'S PROGRAM:
Antonio Vivaldi (1678 - 1741):
Flute Concerto, R. 428 (Goldfinch)
Patrick Gallois, flute; Orpheus Orchestra
DG 437 839

Olivier Messiaen (1908 – 1992):
Le Reveil des oiseaux
Pierre-Laurent Aimard, piano; Cleveland Orchestra; Pierre Boulez, cond.
DG 453 478

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:
On Olivier Messiaen
And some birdsong samples!

ALSO ON THIS DATE:
Births:
1882 — Canadian-born American composer R. Nathaniel Dett, in Drummondsville, Ontario;

Deaths:
1896 — Austrian composer Anton Bruckner, age 72, in Vienna;

Premieres:
1727 — Handel: "Coronation Anthems," in London at Westminster Abbey during the coronation of King George II and Queen Caroline (Gregorian date: Oct. 22);
1830 — Chopin: Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor, in Warsaw, composer as soloist;
1928 — Nielsen: Clarient Concerto, at a public concert in Copenhagen, with the composer conducting and Aage Ozenvad the soloist; This concert had been given a private performance in Humlebaek on September 14, 1928);
1947 — Prokofiev: Symphony No. 6, by Leningrad Philharmonic, Yevgeny Mravinsky conducting;
1952 — Prokofiev: Symphony No. 7, ny Moscow Philharmonic, Samuil Samosud conducting;
1953 — Messiaen: "Réveil des oiseaux," in Donaueschingen, Germany;
1955 — B.A. Zimmermann: "Nobody Knows de Trouble I See" for Trumpet and Orchestra, in Hamburg, by the North German Radio Orchestra conducted by Ernest Bour, with Adolf Scherbaum the soloist;
1962 — Carlisle Floyd: opera "The Passion on Jonathan Wader," by the New York City Opera;
1977 — Bernstein: "Songfest," "Three Mediations from 'Mass,'" and "Slava!" by the National Symphony, conducted by the composer ("Songfest" and "Meditations"‚ and Mstislav Rostropovich ("Slava!"); Rostropovich was also the cello soloist in the "'Meditations";
1980 — Bernstein: "A Musical Toast ( A Fanfare in Memory of André Kostelanetz)" by the New York Philharmonic conducted by Zubin Mehta;
1980 — Zemlinksy: opera "Der Traumgörge" (Goerge the Dreamer), posthumously, in Nuremberg at the Opernhaus (This opera was written in 1906);
1985 — John Harbison: String Quartet No. 1, at the Corcoran Gallery in Washington, D.C., by the Cleveland Quartet.
1985 — Michael Torke: “Vanada” for brass, keyboards and percussion, at the Concertgebouw Chamber Hall in Amsterdam, by the Asko Ensemble, Lukas Vis conducting.


Friday, October 12
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SYNOPSIS:
Martinu's Third ...

MUSIC PLAYED ON TODAY'S PROGRAM:
Bohuslav Martinu ( 1890 – 1959):
Symphony No. 3
National Orchestra of Ukraine; Arthur Fagen, cond.
Naxos 8.553350

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:
On Martinu

ALSO ON THIS DATE:
Births:
1686 — German composer and lutenist Silvius Leopold Weiss, in Breslau;
1713 — Baptismal date of German composer Johann Ludwig Krebs, in Butterstedt, Weimar;
1872 — English composer Ralph Vaughan Williams, in Down Ampney, Gloucestershire;
1880 — English-born Canadian composer and organist Healey Willan, in London;

Deaths:
1692 — Italian composer Giovanni Battista Vitali, in Bologna, age 60;

Premieres:
1910 — Vaughan Williams: "A Sea Symphony" (after Walt Whitman) at the Leeds Festival;
1924 — Mahler: Symphony No.10 (1st and 3rd movements only), arranged by Ernest Krenek (with additional retouching by Alexander von Zemlinksy and Franz Schalk), by Vienna Philharmonic, Franz Schalk conducting; The American premiere of these two movements was give on Dec. 6, 1949, by the Erie (Pa.) Philharmonic conducted by the composer's nephew, the Austro-American conductor Fritz Mahler (1901-1973); The English musicologist Deryck Cooke prepared the first performing edition of Mahler's entire Tenth Symphony which received its first performance on August 13, 1964, by the London Symphony conducted by Berthold Goldschmidt; Since then, Cooke has revised his arrangement, and several other musicologists have prepared their own rival performing editions of Mahler's surviving notation for this symphony;
1931 — Rachmaninoff: “Variations on a Theme of Corelli (La Folia)” for solo piano, in Montréal (Canada), by the composer;
1951 — Bizet: opera "Ivan le Terrible" (posthumously), in Bordeaux;
1951 — Dessau: opera "Die Verurteilung des Lukullus" (The Trial of Lucullus) (2nd version), in East Berlin at the Deutsche Staatsoper;
1961 — Douglas Moore: opera "The Wings of the Dove" (after the novel by Henry James), in New York;
1971 — Andrew Lloyd Webber: rock musical "Jesus Christ Superstar," in New York City; A choral version of this musical was performed in Kansas City, Kan. On May 15, 1971, and a touring company was launched to present the musical on July 12, 1971; Prior to any staged presentations, the work was first released as a double LP record album in October of 1970;
1984 — Olly Wilson: "Siinfonia," by the Boston Symphony, Seiji Ozawa conducting;
1984 — Ellen Taaffe Zwilich: "Celebration" for orchestra, by the Indianapolis Symphony, John Nelson conducting;
1997 — Sallinen: "Overture Solennel," in Monaco by the Monte Carlo Philharmonic, James DePreist conducting;
1998 — Philip Glass: opera "The Voyage," at the Metropolitan Opera in New York, Bruce Ferden conducting;
2000 — Rautavaara: Harp Concerto, in Minneapolis with harpist Kathy Kienzel and the Minnesota Orchestra, Omso Vänkä conducting;


Saturday, October 13
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SYNOPSIS:
Diamond's Second ...

MUSIC PLAYED ON TODAY'S PROGRAM:
David Diamond (1915 – 2005):
Symphony No. 2
Seattle Symphony; Gerard Schwarz, cond.
Delos 3093

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:
On David Diamond

ALSO ON THIS DATE:
Births:
1864 — Russian composer Alexander Grechaninov, in Moscow (Gregorian date: Oct. 25);
1912 — Moravian-born American composer Hugo Weisgall, in Ivancice, Czechoslovakia;

Deaths:
1694 — German composer and trumpeter Johann Christoph Pezel, age c. 55, in Bautzen;
1979 — English composer Rebecca Clarke, age 93, in New York City;

Premieres:
1855 — Brahms: Piano Trio No. 1 in B (first version, European premiere?), in Danzig (Germany); The American premiere occurred just one month later, on Nov. 27, 1955, at Dodworth's Hall in New York City, with violinist Theodore Thomas, cellist Carl Bergmann, and pianist William Mason; For many years, the American performance was claimed as the first performance anywhere; A recent Grove dictionary cites this earlier Danzig performance, but does not indicate if it was a private reading or public performance;
1917 — Mussorgsky (arr. Cui): opera "The Fair at Sorochinsky," posthumously, in St. Petersburg (Gregorian date: Oct. 26);
1944 — David Diamond: Symphony No. 2, by the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Serge Koussevitzky, conductor;
1945 — Martinu: Symphony No. 3, by the Boston Symphony, Serge Koussevitzky conducting;
1958 — William Kraft: "Nonet" for brass and percussion, in Los Angeles;
1968 — Allan Pettersson: Symphony No. 7, in Stockholm;
1977 — Andrew Imbrie's "Concerto for Flute" at New York Philharmonic concert with Julius Baker as the soloist.
1982 — Bernstein: opera-house version of "Candide," at Lincoln Center by the New York City Opera;
1991 — Daniel Asia: "Black Light" for orchestra, at Carnegie Hall in New York by the American Composers Orchestra, Dennis Russell Davies conducting;
1994 — James MacMillan: "Memento" for string quartet, at Merkin Hall in New York City, by the Kronos Quartet;
1998 — Kancheli: Piano Quartet ("L'istesso tempo), in Seattle, by the Bridge Ensemble


Sunday, October 14
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SYNOPSIS:
An all-star Gershwin premiere ...

MUSIC PLAYED ON TODAY'S PROGRAM:
George Gershwin (1898 - 1937):
Girl Crazy
Studio Cast Recording
Sony 60704

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:
On George Gershwin

ALSO ON THIS DATE:
Births:
1871 — Austrian composer and conductor Alexander Zemlinsky, in Vienna;
1935 — American composer La Monte (Thorton) Young, in Bern, Idaho;
1952 — Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho, in Helsinki;

Deaths:
1990 — American composer and conductor Leonard Bernstein, age 72, in New York City;

Premieres:
1670 — Lully: comedy-ballet, "Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme" (to a text by Molière), at the Château de Chambord;
1883 — Dvorák: Violin Concerto, Op. 53, in Prague;
1924 — Schoenberg: opera "Die glückliche Hand" (The Fateful Hand), in Vienna at the Volksoper;
1930 — Gershwin: musical "Girl Crazy," at the Alvin Theater in New York City; This show includes the classic Gershwin songs "Embraceable You" and "I Got Rhythm";
1956 — Hovhaness: Symphony No. 3, by the Symphony of the Air, Leopold Stokowski conducting;
1960 — Piston: Violin Concerto No. 2, by the Pittsburgh Symphony, William Steinberg conducting, with soloist Joseph Fuchs;
1970 — Lutoslawski: Cello Concerto, in London, by the Bournemouth Symphony conducted by Edward Downes, with Mstislav Rostropovich the soloist;
1971 — Argento: opera "Postcard from Morocco," by the Center Opera at the Cedar Village Theater, in Minneapolis, Minn.;
1995 — George Tsontakis: "The Dove Descending" (No. 3 of "Four Symphonic Quartets" after poems by T.S. Eliot), by the Pasadena Symphony, Jorge Mester conducting;
1999 — Peter Lieberson: Piano Concerto No. 2 ("Red Garuda") by soloist Peter Serkin with the Boston Symphony, Seiji Ozawa conducting;