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January 2013

Antonín DVOŘÁK (1841–1904)
Symphony No. 6 in D major, Op. 60
Leoš JANÁČEK (1854–1928)

Seattle Symphony • Gerard Schwarz

Dvořák’s was a strong voice in the re-establishment of Czech musical identity, and the noble themes, open landscapes and dancing Scherzo of the Symphony No. 6 bear the stamp of a genius at his height. The work can also be heard as a tribute to Brahms, who had helped him earlier in his career. Janáček’s charming Idyll reflects his preoccupation with Moravian folk-songs and rhythms as well as the influence of his friend Dvořák, identified by Jaroslav Vogel as the work’s “spiritual godfather”.

Valentina Lisitsa Piano Recital
BEETHOVEN Piano Sonata No. 23 ‘Appassionata’
LISZT Totentanz
SCHUMANN Kinderszenen
THALBERG Grand Fantasy on Rossini’s Il barbiere di Siviglia

Described by critics as a ‘bona fide angel playing’ and an ‘electrifying pianist’, the young Ukrainian-born, North Carolina-based Valentina Lisitsa has been receiving rave reviews ever since her début in Avery Fisher Hall for the Mostly Mozart Festival. It would be hard to conceive of a more thoroughly Romantic or demanding programme than she presents here: Beethoven’s radical ‘Appassionata’ Sonata, via Schumann’s musical expression of an adult’s memories of childhood and Thalberg’s fantastic transformation of themes from Rossini’s most popular opera to Liszt’s pianistic danse macabre, inspired by a fresco by the medieval Italian artist Francesco Traini.

James WHITBOURN (b. 1963)
Annelies (Chamber Version)

Arianna Zukerman, soprano
Westminster Williamson Voices
The Lincoln Trio
(with Bharat Chandra, clarinet)
James Jordan

World Première Recording

The first major choral setting of The Diary of Anne Frank takes the teenager’s remarkable and penetrating observations, written whilst hiding in an Amsterdam attic, as the basis of its extraordinary and moving libretto. Whitbourn’s music for this work has been described as “woundingly beautiful” (The Daily Telegraph). He reflects sounds of the Westerkerk bells and tunes heard on the radio in the Annexe, along with representations of Anne Frank’s Jewish and German heritage, details that add to a score “whose respectful understatement is its greatest strength” (The Times).

Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART
Divertimento No. 11 in D major, K. 251
Divertimento No. 17 in D major, K. 334

Cologne Chamber Orchestra
Helmut Müller-Brühl

Overflowing with Mozart’s characteristic melodic invention and deliciously abundant wit, these two celebratory Divertimenti are both associated with his time in Salzburg. K. 251 was probably written for the name-day of Mozart’s sister Nannerl, and K. 334 for the university graduation of a prosperous family friend. This is the late Helmut Müller-Brühl’s last recording.

Nicolò PAGANINI (1782–1840)
Violin Concerto No. 5 in A minor (orch. F. Mompellio)
I palpiti, Op. 13 • Moto perpetuo in C, Op. 11

Ivan Pochekin, violin
Russian Philharmonic Orchestra
Dmitry Yablonsky

Paganini defined violin bravura in the first half of the nineteenth century. As one of the greatest and certainly the most spectacular executants of the instrument, he provoked a storm of excitement with his recital and concert performances. He wrote six concertos for the violin, the Fifth dating from around 1830. Despite the fact that only the solo part has survived – Federico Mompellio completed the work – it contains a lexicon of brilliant gymnastics and rich melodies cut from his finest cloth. Paganini’s sheer technical mastery can also be gauged from two of his most popular and dramatic pieces, the Moto perpetuo, Op. 11 and I palpiti, Op. 13.

MAXWELL DAVIES Piano Concerto, Worldes Blis (Stott, Royal PO, Maxwell Davies)
CLEMENTI Symphonies Nos. 1 and 2, Overture in D (Orchestra Sinfonica di Roma, La Vecchia)
COUPERIN Suites for Viola da gamba, 27e Ordre de clavecin (Perkola, Häkkinen)

GLIÈRE Complete Duets with Cello (Rummel, Hülshoff, Eichhorn, Körber)
MERK Fleurs d'Italie, Air suisse varié et Rondeau, Valses brillantes (Rummel, Krüger)
GUARNIERI Piano Music, Vol. 1 (Barros)

BETWEEN THE BLISS AND ME: Songs to Poems of Emily Dickinson (Faulkner, Fischer, Hoiby)
Idil Biret Archive Edition, Vol. 13 — BRAHMS Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Handel
Idil Biret Archive Edition, Vol. 14 — PROKOFIEV Piano Sonata No. 7 / BARTÓK Allegro barabo
  IBA 8.571295
  IBA 8.571296

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BARTÓK 3 Hungarian Folksongs from the Csik District, 4 Dirges, Mikrokosmos Vol. 6 (L. Kertesz)
BARTÓK For Children Vols. 1 and 2, The First Term at the Piano (L. Kertesz)

*Not Available in the United States due to possible copyright restrictions

BARTÓK 3 Hungarian Folksongs from the Csik District, 4 Dirges, Mikrokosmos Vol. 6 (L. Kertesz)
BARTÓK For Children Vols. 1 and 2, The First Term at the Piano (L. Kertesz)

BARTÓK For Children Vols. 3 and 4, Romanian Christmas Songs (L. Kertesz)
BARTÓK Mikrokosmos Vols. 4 and 5 (L. Kertesz)

RUSSIA — A Musical Visit to Moscow and St Petersburg
FRANCE — A Musical Visit to Provence and a Carnival of Animals
NORWAY — Maihaugen Open-Air Museum and Norwegian Folk Museum, Oslo

Down a Path of Wonder (Robert Craft)
Wagner: His Life & Music
Anton Rubinstein: Short Profile

Anton Rubinstein: Short Profile
Discover Chamber Music
Stories from Shakespeare – The Plantagenets

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