Morning Glories: What's Come in the Mail

by Rex Levang, Minnesota Public Radio
January 13, 2014

St. Paul, Minn. — Every weekday morning at 10 a.m., the hosts at Classical MPR play a standout work based on the theme for the week. We call these works Morning Glories.

This week we'll see what's come in the mail lately. We'll sample the other side of some composers best known for vocal music, hear from some up-and-coming performers, and note a composer whose 150th birthday is likely to be widely noted in 2014.

Monday

Mercadante: Flute Concerto No. 2; Patrick Gallois, flute and conductor/Sinfonia Finlandia Jyväskylä
Saverio Mercadante (1795-1870), who was an important opera composer in his day, also wrote a series of popular flute concertos.

Tuesday

Ravel: Valses nobles et sentimentales; H J Lim, piano
Here's a new release from a young pianist who has already recorded the complete Beethoven piano sonatas.

Wednesday

Strauss: Don Juan; Manfred Honeck/Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
This year will bring us a lot of Richard Strauss, who was born 150 years ago.

Thursday

Graupner: Orchestral Suite for Viola d'Amore and Bassoon; Sirkka-Liisa Kaakinen-Pilch/Finnish Baroque Orchestra
Graupner was a contemporary of Bach and Handel, whose attractive music is now being recorded more frequently.

Friday

Rutter: Suite Antique; Christopher D. Lewis, harpsichord; Kevin Mallon/West Side Chamber Orchestra
John Rutter is famous for his choral music; here's a sample of his instrumental writing.


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