Midday Music, Tuesday 2/24/09

Mardi Gras! Carnival! Shrove Tuesday! Whatever you call it, it's an excuse for a whirlwind global tour of classical party music. Break out the feathered masks and the skimpy samba outfits.

This week's concert list will follow shortly. On air I mentioned the Auburn Chamber Music Society's presentation of the Copland House Ensemble, Thursday 7:30 at Auburn University's Goodwin Hall and again with a different program Friday.

11 AM - Europe

  • Schumann/Ravel: Carnival, Op. 9. Minnesota Orch, Oue. Reference 79.
  • Liszt: Carnival of Pest (Hungarian Rhapsody No. 9, and that's Pest as in Budapest). Arthur Friedheim. Nimbus 8815.
  • Raff: Symphony No. 11, "Winter": Carnival. Philharmonia Hungarica, Albert. CPO 999 536.
  • Tarrega: Variations on "The Carnival of Venice." Xuefei Yang. EMI 06322.
  • Glazunov: Carnival, Op. 45. USSR Sym Orch, Svetlanov. Melodiya 10-163.
  • Chaminade: Valse Carnavalesque for two pianos. Bengt Forsberg, Peter Jablonski. DG 289 471 331.
12 N - Brazil and a little Mexico
  • Milhaud: Le Boeuf sur le Toit (inspired by a Brazilian samba tune the French composer heard at Carnival, not by an actual bull on an actual roof). National Orch of Lille-Region Nord, Casadesus. Naxos 8.557287.
  • Bonfa: Manha de Carnival, from Black Orpheus. I Salonisti. Sony 61731.
  • Reed: La Fiesta Mexicana: Carnival. Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music Wind Symphony, Corporon. (Bonus points if you can name the piece H. Owen Reed pays tribute to in the first couple of seconds of this movement.)
  • Draganski: Trio from Rio. Rieder, Argiris, Honigberg. Albany 544.
  • Machado: Musiques Populaires Bresiliennes: selections. Gary Schocker, Jason Vieaux. Azica 71215.
1 PM - North America
  • Marsalis: At the Octoroon Balls, String Quartet No. 1 (about New Orleans festivities of sorts, though not Mardi Gras): mvts 3-7. Orion String Quartet. Sony 60979.
  • Collins: Mardi Gras. Concordia Orch, Alsop. Albany 267.
  • Abreu: Tico-Tico. Gary Schocker, Jason Vieaux. Azica 71215.