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Piano Music of Britten and Ginastera & Vaughn Williams’ ‘Siinfonia Antarctica”

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May 13-14, 2017:  Recently I've discovered several new classical works I want to share with you.  A friend and colleague here at KKRN suggested a symphony by British composer Ralph Vaughn Williams called the “Sinfonia Antarctica”.  This symphony is cold, stark, lonely and beautiful all at the same time, and features a narrator and soprano soloist as well as full symphony orchestra.  Also included tonight is a piano work by another modern British composer, Benjamin Britten, this being his first piano concerto. A set of “American Preludes” by Argentine composer Alberto Ginastera will complete tonight’s program, along with the beautiful “First Cuckoo in Spring” by Frederick Delius. 

Hour 1:

Intro: Villa Lobos- Assobio a Jato (Jet Whistle) for flute and cello  [2.55]

Britten-Piano Concerto No. 1 (USSR State Symphony Orchestra conducted by Evgeny Svetlanov 

with Sviatoslav Richter,piano [32.20]

Ginastera-American Preludes Opus 12 (Alberto Portugheis, piano)  [15.46]

Hour 2:

Vaughn Williams-Symphony 7-Sinfonia Antarctica  (London Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Sir Adrian Boult with Sir John Gielgud, narrator, and Margaret Richie, soprano)  [44.40]

Delius-First Cuckoo in Spring (Orchestra of St. John’s Smith Square conducted by John Lubbock)      [7.04]

Program No. 249

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