Wunderkinder, Part II

March 19, 2015, 7:00 pm

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More performers and composers whose exceptional musical gifts emerged at an early age are our subject this week. It’s amazing to think that many of these musicians, like Mendelssohn, are still best known today for works that they composed in their early teens. Conductor Eugene Ormandy said that all his violinists were prodigies, so we end the week with Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s Flight of the Bumblebee played by the entire first and second violin sections of the Philadelphia Orchestra. Please enjoy this week of wunderkinder playing the works of wunderkinder.

Playlist

Episode 1

Franz Liszt: Les Jeux D’Eaux À La Villa D’Este
Claudio Arrau, piano
Phi 456706
8:49

Liszt: Piano Concerto No. 1 in E-flat, I
NY Philharmonic, Bernstein, conductor
André Watts, piano
Phi 456985
5:28

Liszt: Piano Concerto No. 1 In E-Flat, III
LSO/Abbado; Martha Argerich, piano
DG 415061
3:57

Liszt: Hungarian Rhapsody No. 11 in A Minor, S. 244
György Cziffra, piano
EMI 67555
5:03

Liszt: Christus: XIV. Resurrexit
Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra & Slovak Philharmonic
Choir/James Conlon; Krause, bar.; Lindroos,
bar.; Marjana Lipovsek, ms.; Valente, s.
Erato 88231
6:51

Liszt: Transcendental Etude No. 3 after Paganini, S. 140,
La Campanella
David Helfgott, piano
RCA 46725
:40, 4:57

Charles Valentin Alkan: Saltarelle in E Minor, Op. 23
Bernard Ringeissen, p.
Challenge 72154
3:36

Vincenzo Bellini: Casta Diva fr. Norma (excerpt)
Scintilla Chamber Orchestra/Adam Fischer; Cecilia Bartoli, s.
Decca 001639200
3:39

Malabran: Rataplan
Scintilla Chamber Orchestra/Adam Fischer
Decca 001639200
1:31

Episode 2

Pau Casals: Sant Marti del Cantigo (excerpt)
Prades Festival Orchestra/Casals, vc.
CBS 4926 (LP)
1:46

Antonín Dvorák: Concerto for Cello and Orchestra in B Minor, III
Czech Philharmonic Orchestra/George Szell; Pablo Casals, vc.
EMI 62953
11:45

William Walton: Cello Concerto, I
BSO/Charles Münch; Gregor Piatigorsky, vc.
RCA 61498
8:15

Sergei Prokofiev: Symphony-Concerto in E Minor, Op. 125, III
Royal Philharmonic/Sir Malcolm Sargent; Mstislav Rostropovich, vc.
EMI 80012
10:15

Edward Elgar: Cello Concerto In E Minor, Op. 85, IV
LSO/John Barbirolli; Jacqueline Du Pré, vc.
EMI 69707
12:18

Camille Saint-Saëns: Le Cygne fr. Le Carnaval des Animaux
Jacqueline du Pré, vc.; Osian Ellis, harp
EMI 91934
2:49

Bright Sheng: Little Cabbage fr. 7 Tunes Heard in China
Yo-Yo Ma, vc.
Sony 64114
2:00

Episode 3

Henryk Wieniawski: Etude Caprice In A Minor, Op. 18/4
Michael Rabin, v.
EMI 64123
1:25

Alexander Glazunov: Violin Concerto in A Minor, Op. 82
III. Allegro
London Philharmonia Orchestra/Lovro von Matacic; Michael Rabin, v.
EMI 64123
5:44

Paganini: Caprice No. 1 In E Major, Op. 1
Michael Rabin, v.
EMI 64123
1:41

Fritz Kreisler: Caprice Viennois
Hollywood Bowl Symphony Orchestra/Felix Slatkin; Michael Rabin, v.

EMI 64123

4:34

Cecile Chaminade (arr. Fritz Kreisler): Chanson Serenade
Espagnole, Op. 150 Josef Gingold, v.; Charles Webb, p.
Music and Arts 286
2:39

Max Bruch: Violin Concerto No. 1 In G Minor, Op. 26, III
Academy Of St. Martin In The Fields/Marriner
Joshua Bell, violin
Lon 421145
7:28

Ludwig Van Beethoven: Sonata No. 5 In F Major, Op. 24, Spring, IV
Pamela Frank, v.; Claude Frank, p.
Music and Arts 1143
6:38

Samuel Barber: Violin Concerto, Op. 14, III
St. Paul Chamber Orchestra/Hugh Wolff, conductor
Hilary Hahn, violin
Sony 89029
3:22

Antonio Vivaldi: finale of Winter fr. The Four Seasons
New York Sinfonietta/Goberman; Nadia Koutzen, v.
2:31

J.S. Bach: Violin Concerto #2 In E, BWV 1042, II
Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra/Pinchas Zukerman; Midori, v.
Phi 416389
6:36

arr. Fritz Kreisler: Fantasia on Two Russian Themes, Op. 33 (excerpt)
Josef Gingold, v.; Charles Webb, p.
Music and Arts 286
:46

Episode 4

Franz Schubert: Variation in C minor on a Waltz by
Diabelli, D. 718
Michael Endres, p.
Capriccio 49242
1:27

Schubert: Gondelfahrer, D. 808
Matthias Goerne, ten., Helmut Deutsch, p.
HM 902004
2:05

Clara Schumann: Romance No. 3 in B (Leidenschaftlich Schnell)
Isabelle Van Keulen, v.; Ronald Brautigam, p.
Koch 6554
3:06

Georges Bizet: Symphony In C: IV. Allegro Vivace
Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra/Hugo Wolff
Teldec 77309
6:25

Erich Wolfgang Korngold: Die Tote Stadt
English Chamber Orchestra/Jeffrey Tate, conductor
Renée Fleming, s.
London 458858
6:00

Barber: The School For Scandal, Overture, Op. 5
Royal Scottish National Orchestra/Marin Alsop
Naxos 8.559024
8:39

Copland: Piano Concerto, 2. Molto Moderato
Seattle Symphony Orchestra/Gerard Schwarz
Lorin Hollander, p.
Delos 3154
9:46

Bach: The Art Of Fugue, BWV 1080 – Contrapunctus 9 A4, Alla Duodecima
Glenn Gould, organ
Sony 52595
3:07

Prokofiev: Sonata No.7 in B-Flat Major, Op. 83
III. Precipitato
Eldar Djangirov, p.
Motema 116
3:56

Ian Finkel: The Gypsy Virtuoso (excerpt)
Evelyn Glennie & the Black Dyke Band
RCA 63234
2:18

Episode 5

Frederic Chopin: Waltz in a minor
Alicia de Larrocha, p.
Desmar IPA 109
3:03

Waltz for Ruth
Pat Metheny, g.; Charlie Haden, db.
Beyond the Missouri Sky
Verve 537130
4:29

Conrad Tao: Vestiges
Upon Waking Alongside Green Glass Bottles
Conrad Tao, p.
EMI 344 762
2:20

Rachmaninov: Prelude No. 2 In B Flat, Op. 23/2
Conrad Tao, p.
EMI 344 762
3:27

Debussy: Sonata for cello and piano,
III. Finale
Zara Nelsova, vc.; Grant Johannesen, p.
CBC PSCD 2018
3:12

Rudolph Friml: Indian Love Call From Rose-Marie
Beverly Sills, s.; Sherrill Milnes, bar.
EMI 47203
4:31

Puccini/Todd: “O Mio Babbino Caro”
Jackie Evancho, s.
iTunes
2:20

Puccini: “Nessun Dorma” fr. Turandot
Aretha Franklin, s.
iTunes
3:15

Frederick Loewe: “Show Me” fr. My Fair Lady
Julie Andrews & Leonard Weir
iTunes
2:09

Stevie Wonder: Fingertips
Stevie Wonder
iTunes
4:00 excerpt

Little Liza Jane
Alison Krauss & Union Station
So Long So Wrong
1:42

Richard Thomson: Dimming of the Day
Alison Krauss, v. and Union Station
Paper Airplane
5:37

Gershwin: Rialto Ripples
Gershwin, p.
iTunes
1:53

Mischa-Yascha-Toscha-Sascha (excerpt)
The Funnyboners
iTunes
1:27

Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov: Flight Of The Bumblebee
Philadelphia Orchestra/Eugene Ormandy
Sony 62683
1:26