Wednesday, June 13

Debussy only ever spent one afternoon in Spain before capturing the place orchestrally in Iberia. In addition, Debussy was tired from conducting tours when he composed the piece. He wrote his wife: "My nerves are on edge and I find that a composer of music is required to excel in those qualities of toughness possessed by a traveling salesman." Nevertheless, Iberia succeeded. Manuel de Falla, an actual Spanish composer, said: "The entire piece down to the smallest detail makes one feel the character of Spain."

11 AM

  • Brahms: Piano Quartet No. 2 in A major. Hamelin, Leopold String Trio (Hyperion 67471/2)
  • Friml: Bygone Days. Stephanie Chase, Sara Davis Buechner (Koch 7662)
12 N
  • Debussy: Images for Orchestra: Iberia. Cincinnati Sym, Lopez-Cobos (Telarc 80574)
  • Grovlez: Lamento & Tarantelle. James Jones, Karen Schlabaugh (Centaur 2738)
  • Handel: O Sing unto the Lord. Choir of the Chapel Royal, soloists, Musicians Extra-ordinary, Gant (Naxos 8.557935)
  • Friml: Valse Sihouette. Stephanie Chase, Sara Davis Buechner (Koch 7662)
  • Tower: Tambor. Nashville Sym, Slatkin (Naxos 8.559328)
1 PM
  • Couperin: L'Atalante; and Duphly: Le Pothouin. Alexandre Tharaud (Harmonia Mundi 901956)
  • Tartini: Violin Concerto in A major, D. 96. Adriadne Daskalakis, Cologne Chamber Orch, Muller-Bruhl (Naxos 8.570222)
  • Bird: Suite in D major for ten winds, Op. 29. Peabody Conservatory Wind Ensemble, Parker (Naxos 8.570403)