Radio 3 Guide to the Opera
Penny Gore presents a week of programmes celebrating the centenary of Samuel Barber and William Schuman.
The Curtis Institute in Philadelphia was founded in 1924 by the daughter of media magnate Cyrus Curtis, with advice from Stokowski and Josef Hoffmann. A 14 year old Samuel Barber enrolled as a student in that first year.
In today's programme we can hear two of Barber's most popular works: the Overture "School for Scandal" and "Knoxville - Summer of 1915", as well as the less well known 2nd Symphony, which Barber wrote in 1943 when he was serving with the Army Air Corps - and specially recorded for the programme by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales with conductor Baldur Bronnimann.
We can also hear 2 graduates from the Curtis Institute- violinist Hilary Hahn in Dvorak's Violin Concerto, and pianist Jonathan Biss playing Beethoven's Appassionata Sonata.
Barber: Overture School for Scandal
Vassily Sinaisky, conductor
Dvorak: Violin Concerto
Hilary Hahn, violin
Gianandrea Noseda, conductor
Barber: Knoxville Summer of 1915
Ruby Hughes, soprano
BBC Concert Orchestra
Johannes Wildner, conductor
Beethoven: Sonata for Piano Op.57 "Appassionata"
Jonathan Biss, piano
Barber: Symphony No.2
BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Baldur Bronnimann, conductor
William Schuman: New England Triptych
Clark Rundell, conductor.
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