Weekend of December 7, 2013
Prokofiev's Symphony No. 1
In 1916, critics complained that 26-year-old Sergei Prokofiev's music was too modern, too hard on the ears, and lacking a sense of history. So that summer Prokofiev left for vacation with a plan. On this weekend's Performance Today, we'll hear Prokofiev's classically-inspired rebuttal, his Symphony No. 1. Plus, composer Bruce Adolphe has this week's Piano Puzzler.
Overture to "Of Thee I Sing"
Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra; Michael Tilson Thomas, conductor
George Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue
Russell S. Howland
Quartet No. 1: 1. Slow-Moderately Fast, 2. Slow and Quiet, 3. Lively
Washington Saxophone Quartet: Reg Jackson, soprano saxophone; James Steele, alto saxophone; Rich Kleinfledt, tenor saxophone; Rick Parrell, baritone saxophone
National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
The Piano Puzzler
This week's contestant is Ana Danes from Lauterdale, MN
Piano Concerto in G Major (1929)
Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra; Jeffrey Kahane, conductor and piano
Royce Hall, Westwood, CA
Antonin Dvorak (arr. Fritz Kreisler)
Sonatina for violin and piano, Op.100 "Indian Lament"
Yo-Yo Ma, cello; Patricia Zander, piano
Symphony No. 1 in D Major, Op. 25, "Classical"
Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra; Roberto Abbado, conductor
Ted Mann Concert Hall, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
Recercadas sobre "La Spagna" and "Folia"
Ricercar Consort: Philippe Pierlot, viol; Lucile Boulanger, viola da gamba; Xavier Diaz-Latorre, theorbo; Francois Guerrier, harpsichord
Flagey, Brussels, Belgium
Barbara Furtuna; Members of L'Arpeggiata; Christina Pluhar, artistic director
Zankel Hall, Carnegie Hall, New York, NY
Cello Concerto in B minor, Op. 104, B. 191: 1. Allegro
Yo-Yo Ma, cello; Atlanta Symphony Orchestra; Robert Spano, conductor
Atlanta Symphony Hall, Atlanta, GA