Three very different pieces of music from the Americas feature in the programme, beginning with a joyful fanfare from the ‘Dean of American Composers’, Copland, before the Danzon No.2 by Marquez, one of Mexico’s most celebrated musicians, and Wayne Marshall evokes 1920s New York in Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue.
Elsewhere, there’s virtuosity on display in an exciting recording of Beethoven’s ‘Emperor’ concerto, which brings together the musical dream-team of soloist Krystian Zimerman, conductor Simon Rattle and the London Symphony Orchestra, released in June of this year.
Fanfare for the Common Man
Antal Dorati conducts the Detroit Symphony Orchestra
Ludwig van Beethoven
Piano Concerto No.5 in E-flat major Opus 73
Piano: Krystian Zimerman
Simon Rattle conducts the London Symphony Orchestra
Gustavo Dudamel conducts the Simon Bolivar Orchestra of Venezuela
Iain Sutherland conducts the Philharmonic Concert Orchestra
Introduction & Allegro for Strings Opus 47
Pinchas Zukerman conductst he Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Symphony No.1 in C minor Opus 68
Andris Nelsons conducts the Boston Symphony Orchestra
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Flute & Harp Concerto in C major K.299
Flute: James Galway
Harp: Catrin Finch
Rhapsody in Blue
Wayne Marshall directs the Alborg Symphony Orchestra from the piano
Some truly great soloists feature in the programme as Martha Argerich, often considered the finest pianist of her generation, plays Rachmaninov’s fiendishly difficult Piano Concerto No.3. Then, the great Leonard Bernstein directs the New York Philharmonic Orchestra in Grieg’s Peer Gynt Suite No.1.
Later in the programme, Daniel Barenboim plays Beethoven’s ‘Pathétique’ sonata, Neville Marriner conducts the ensemble he founded in 1959, and there’s a recent recording of Mozart’s Symphony No.40.
The day after Guy Fawkes Night, when many firework displays continue, Moira marks the occasion with Handel’s own musical fireworks. Written for a firework display in London’s Green Park to celebrate the end of the War of the Austrian Succession, the Music for the Royal Fireworks was described as a “spectacle of English pride and joy” by none other than Mozart.
Before then, there’s renaissance-inspired music by Vaughan Williams, a Bizet favourite, and one of the greatest guitarists of the 20th century, Julian Bream, plays Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez.
Ralph Vaughan Williams
Fantasia on a theme of Thomas Tallis
Pinchas Zukerman conducts the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Pearl Fishers – Duet
Tenors: Bonaventura Bottone & Willard White
Carl Davis conducts the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
George Frederic Handel
Music for the Royal Fireworks
Alfredo Bernadini conducts Zefiro
Dances with Wolves – John Dunbar Theme
Paul Bateman conducts the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Ballade No.1 in G minor Opus 23
Piano: Arturo Benedetti Michaelangeli
Concierto de Aranjuez
Guitar: Julian Bream
Colin Davis conducts the Melos Ensemble
Symphony No.5 in B-flat major D.485
John Eliot Gardiner conducts the Orchestre Revolutionnaire et Romantique