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Director's Choice

Music suggested by program and music directors from radio stations around the world. From New York, to Guam in the middle of the South Pacific, and on to Australia, our colleagues’ choices were as varied and as interesting as their locations. Just listen! 

Program 1

Brahms: Piano Concerto #2 In B Flat, Op. 83- I & III
Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra/Abbado; Brendel, p.
Phil 432975
18:03; 3:42 

Korngold: Symphony In F Sharp Major, Op. 40, II & IV
Philadelphia Orchestra/Welser-Möst
EMI 86101
Pärt: Spiegel im Spiegel
Malter, vc.; Schwalke, p.
EMC 449958
Program 2

Sibelius: Symphony #2 In D, Op. 43, I
London Symphony Orchestra/Davis
RCA 68218

Schmitt: Psaume 47, Op.38
Radio France Philharmonic Orchestra/Janowski
Sweet, sop.; Gil, o.; Commentale, vln.
Erato 45029
Marc Blitzstein: The Airborne Symphony (excerpts)
New York City Symph Orchestra/ Bernstein
Holland, tn.l Scheff, br.; Shaw, nar; RCA Victor Chorale 
RCA 62568
7:29; 2:52; 2:25
Program 3

Panufnik: Uwertura Bohaterska (Heroic Overture)
Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra/Storgards
Ondine 1101

Alwyn: Lyra Angelica
Concerto for Harp and String Orchestra
City of London Sinfonia/Hickox; Masters, hp.
Chandos 9065
Peters: Between Hills Briefly Green
Vermont Symphony/Laredo
Live recording
Monteverdi: Zefiro Torna (Ciaccona) fr. Teatro D'Amore
L'Arpeggiata/Pluhar; Jaroussky, ct.; Rial, sop.
Virgin Classics 236140
Program 4

Groneman: Sonata in D Major
Wentz, traverso; Moonen, trav.; Máté, vc.; Bussi, hps.
NM Classics 92061

Verdi: Hymn Of The Nations
Philharmonia Orchestra & Chorus/Levine; Pavarotti, tenor
London 448700
Dvorák: Symphony #9 in e minor, Op. 95, From the New 
World- II, III + IV (excerpt)
Chicago Symphony Orchestra/Solti
London 436616
22:15 + 3:16
Program 5

Bach: Double Concerto In d minor For 2 Violins, BWV 1043, II
English Chamber Orchestra/Mutter, v.; Accardo, v.
EMI Classics 65538

Beethoven: Piano Sonata #21 In C, Op. 53, Waldstein III + 
Serkin, p.
Sony 64490
10:41 + 1:28
Brahms: Symphony No. 1 in c minor, Op. 68, I, IV (excerpt)
Chicago Symphony Orchestra/Solti
London 414458


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