Posted at 3:10 AM on July 21, 2010
by Ward Jacobson
Filed under: Programs
Tonight's Euro Classic comes from the Teatro Monumental in Madrid. It's a concert recorded in October, 2008, featuring a concerto by a French composer who hit the big time with a work that called upon his Spanish ancestry.
Edouard Lalo specialized in French Chamber Music during the 19th century. But it was his Symphony Espanol (1873) that was his breakout achievement. Four years later, he followed it up with another work bursting with Spanish elements, the Cello Concerto (d minor). Cellist Xavier Phillips joins the RTVE Symphony Orchestra (also known as the Spanish Radio and Television Symphony Orchestra, which services RTVE, the Spanish National Broadcasting Network).
If you're up late tonight, be sure to tune in to Classical MPR, just after midnight.
Walking around Boston on a muggy Wednesday morning last week, I made my way to Symphony Hall. Alas, the doors were locked tighter than a clenched fist. All I wanted was a quick glimpse of the place, just a peek inside. But there was no getting in that day.
So I'm curious, oh mighty Classical Notes blog-reader - what's the coolest concert hall you ever set foot in? Details, please.
It was a nice surprise to open the Star Tribune, and see not one but two letters to the editor on musical topics.
The topics were both stimulating ones: music education for kids, and suggestions as to what the Minnesota Orchestra should record next. The writer put in a plug for Mahler, as you'll see here.