Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Fidelio turns 200 .. among other birthdays!

This Friday on Vivace, we have some special birthdays and anniversaries to celebrate.  We'll start at 6 am with the Piano Concerto No.2 by Ignaz Moscheles, whose 220th birthday it is.  A Clarinet Concerto by Carl Stamitz rounds out the first hour.

In the second hour, we'll enjoy a cello concerto by Italian composer, Giovanni Viotti, another birthday celebrant. and a harp concerto by Georg Wagenseil, among other works.

At 8 am, the big birthday of the day will be celebrated. Beethoven's Fidelio turns 200.  We'll have the overture.  The full opera can be heard this Sunday on WTJU's Sunday Opera Matinee.

We'll also hear a world premiere recording of a recorder concerto by Johann Fasch, and a string quartet by Brahms which had its premiere on this day in 1876.

There will be much to enjoy and as ever, I hope you'll join me, Friday morning, 6-9 am, for Vivace, right here on WTJU-Charlottesville.

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