Week of Dec 26 in Classical Music History

New Years Day is just around the corner, making this the final Ravinia Festival: This Week in Classical Music of 2011! Just click the Spotify logo or the link above and add our playlist to your music library. We update our playlist every week so there will never be a need to resubscribe! Below is a day-by-day listing of the track selections for this weeks edition of the playlist. We hope you enjoy!

December 26

  • 1880: Brahms: "Tragic Overture," Op. 81, in Vienna
  • 1897: Rimsky-Korsakov: "Sadko," in Moscow 

December 27

  • 1896: Chausson: "Poéme," Op. 25, in Nancy, with Guy Ropartz conducting and Eugène Ysayë as soloist
  • 1901: American premiere of Bruckner: Symphony No. 5, by the Boston Symphony, Wilhelm Gericke conducting

 December 28

  • 1737: Handel: anthem "The Ways of Zion do Mourn"
  • 1952: Shostakovich: 24 Preludes and Fugues for piano (part two of a two-part recital), in Leningrad, by pianist Tatyana Nikolayeva

December 29

  • 1882: Brahms: Piano Trio No. 2 in C, Op. 87, and String Quintet No. 1 in F, Op. 88, in Frankfurt, with a violinist named Heermann and a cellist name Müller, with Brahms at the pianist; Brahms had completed the work during his summer holiday in Bad Ischl (near Salzburg), and had participated in a reading of the new work at a private home in Bad Ischl; On that occasion, as a joke, Brahms introducing the trio as having been composed by his friend, the composer and pianist Ignaz Brull, who was also in Bad Ischl at the time
  • 1893: Debussy: String Quartet, in Paris, by the Ysaye Quartet

December 30

  • 1961: Shostakovich: Symphony No. 4, by Moscow Philharmonic, Kiril Kondrashin conducting; This symphony was scheduled to be premiered in 1936, but the composer withdrew the score after performances of his opera "Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk" had cancelled after being was severely criticized in the official press
  • 1992: Christopher Rouse: Trombone Concerto, by the New York Philharmonic conducted by Leonard Slatkin, with soloist Joseph Alessi; This work won the Pulitzer Prize for Music in 1993

December 31

  • 1943: Martinu: Violin Concerto (No. 2), by the Boston Symphony with Serge Koussevitzky conducting and Micsha Elman the soloist
  • 1948: Howard Hanson: Piano Concerto, by the Boston Symphony with the composer conducting and Rudolf Firkusny the soloist

January 1 (New Years Day!)

  • 1953: Bloch: "Suite Herbaïque" in Chicago
  • 1954: Walter Piston: “Fantasy” for English horn and orchestra, by the Boston Symphony, Charles Munch conducting