This program was part of the Gunther Schuller Memorial Tribute. During this Afternoon Classical devoted to Gunther Schuller in honor of his life and music, we focused on Schuller's classical repertoire.
This Afternoon Classical program was birthday themed. Yesterday, June 17th was French composer Charles Gounod's birthday. Gounod was born on June 17th, 1818 in Paris. We celebrated his birthday by playing his beautiful Saint Cecilia Mass and his Symphony Number 1 in D. Today, June 18th, was Estonian composer and conductor Eduard Tubin's birthday. Tubin was born on June 18th 1905 and he would have been 110 years old today. We celebrated Tubin's birth by listening to his Symphony Number 2, 4, and 6. Happy Birthday Charles Gounod and Eduard Tubin!
Full List of Rachmaninov Songs played during this Afternoon Classical Program: [1.] "Oh, never sing to me again" - Opus 4, Number 4 (Pushkin) [2.] The Harvest of Sorrow - Opus 4, Number 5 (A.K. Tolstoy) [3.] "How fair this spot!" - Opus 21, Number 7 (Galina) [4.] "In my garden at night" - Opus 38, Number 1 (Isaakian trans. Blok) [5.] To her - Opus 38, Number 2 (Belïy) [6.] Daisies ("Margaritki") - Opus 38, Number 3 (Severyanin) [7.] The Pied Piper - Opus 38, Number 4 (Bryusov)
This Afternoon Classical program was dedicated exclusively to the renowned German baritone Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, in celebration of his birthday. Born on May 28, 1925 in Berlin, Germany, the late Fischer-Dieskau would have turned 90 on this day. An incredibly talented, versatile performer, Fischer-Dieskau brought his clear and iconic sound to a wide range of operas, lieder, oratorios, song cycles, and more in a myriad of languages and styles. We listened to some of his greatest recordings many of which Fischer-Dieskau is best remembered for.
This program was dedicated to the celebrated German composer, Richard Wagner, whose birthday is tomorrow: Wagner was born on May 22nd 1813 in Leipzig, Germany. https://www.cc-seas.columbia.edu/wkcr/story/richard-wagner-thursday-fridays-afternoon-classical