Program Notes

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Adams, J.: Scheherazade.2

Adams, J.: The Gospel According to the Other Mary

Allegri: Miserere mei, Deus

Antheil: A Jazz Symphony

Bach, J.S.: Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 in F major, BWV 1047

Bartók: Concerto for Orchestra

Beethoven: Coriolan Overture, Opus 62

Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 1 in C major, Opus 15

Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 4 in G major, Opus 58

Beethoven: Symphony No. 4 in B-flat major, Opus 60

Beethoven: Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Opus 67

Beethoven: Symphony No. 7 in a Major, Opus 92

Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Opus 125

Berio: Sinfonia for Eight Solo Voices and Orchestra

Berlioz: Requiem, Opus 5

Berlioz: Roméo et Juliette, Opus 17

Bernstein: Arias and Barcarolles

Bernstein: Chichester Psalms

Bernstein: Prelude, Fugue, and Riffs

Bernstein: Symphonic Dances from West Side Story

Brahms: Symphony No. 3 in F major, Opus 90

Brahms: Symphony No. 4 in E Minor, Opus 98

Bruch: Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor, Opus 26

Bruckner: Symphony No. 7 in E major

Busoni: Music from Turandot Suite, Opus 41

Cage: The Seasons

Chopin: Piano Concerto No. 2 in F minor, Opus 21

Copland: Eight Poems of Emily Dickinson

Copland: Billy the Kid Ballet Suite

Debussy: La Mer

Donizetti: “Una furtiva lagrima,” from L’elisir d’amore

Dvořák: Symphony No. 7 in D minor, Opus 70

Falla: Three Dances from The Three-Cornered Hat

Gershwin: “Summertime” and “I Got Rhythm”

Glinka: Capriccio brillante on the Jota aragonesa

Gnesin: The Jewish Orchestra at the Ball in Nothingtown

Handel: Messiah

Harrison: Music from Suite for Violin and American Gamelan

Haydn: Symphony No. 69 in C major, Laudon

Hindemith: Violin Concerto

Holloway: Europa & the Bull, Opus 121

Ives: From the Steeples and the Mountains

Ives: The Unanswered Question


Kodály: Dances of Galánta

Lalo: Symphonie espagnole

Mahler: Adagio from Symphony No. 10 in F-sharp major

Mahler: Blumine

Mahler: Das klagende Lied

Mahler: Songs of a Wayfarer

Mahler: Symphony No. 1 in D major

Marcello: Oboe Concerto in C minor

Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 3 in A minor, Opus 56, Scottish

Mozart: Divertimento in D major, K.251

Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 20 in D minor, K.466

Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 22 in E-flat major, K.482

Mozart: Symphony No. 29 in A major, K.201(186a)

Mozart: Symphony No. 36 in C major, K.425, Linz

Mussorgsky: A Night on Bald Mountain

Prokofiev: Music from Romeo and Juliet

Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Opus 16 

Prokofiev: Violin Concerto No. 2 in G Minor, Opus 63

Rachmaninoff: Symphony No. 1 in D minor, Opus 13 

Rachmaninoff: Symphony No. 2 in E minor, Opus 27

Ravel: Piano Concerto in G major

Reich: Double Sextet

Reich: Three Movements

Schumann: Cello Concerto in A minor, Opus 129

Schumann: Piano Concerto in A minor, Opus 54

Schumann: Violin Concerto in D minor

Sheng: Dream of the Red Chamber Overture

Shostakovich: Cello Concerto No. 1 in E-flat major, Opus 107

Shostakovich: Piano Concerto No. 1 in C minor, Opus 35

Shostakovich: Suite on Verses of Michelangelo Buonarroti

Sibelius: Karelia Suite, Opus 11

Sibelius: Symphony No. 3 in C Major, Opus 52

Strauss, R.: Aus Italien, Opus 16

Strauss, R.: Dance of the Seven Veils, from Salome, Opus 54

Stravinsky: Le Sacre du printemps [1947 revision]

Stravinsky: Scherzo fantastique

Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 5 in E minor, Opus 64

Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6 in B minor, Opus 74, Pathétique

Tilson Thomas: Agnegram

Tilson Thomas: Four Preludes on Playthings of the Wind

Verdi: Te Deum from Quattro pezzi sacri

Verdi:  Arias

Vivaldi: The Four Seasons, Opus 8, nos. 1-4