Late Valentine's day treat- today we'll hear music composers wrote for their wives. (The exception is the Janacek, which is written for a married woman many years younger than he, with whom he had extensive correspondence.)
The recordings of Paul Ben-Haim's "Psalm" and Maurice Ravel's "La Valse" were both from an April 1990 live recording from Tel Aviv, Israel, featuring the Berlin Philharmonic side-by-side on stage with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, under the baton of Zubin Mehta. This coincided with the conclusion of the Berlin Philharmonic's historic tour of Israel.
Interview with Grammy-nominated mandolinist Avi Avital, plus an exclusive look into Avital's new album, Between Worlds, out now on the Deutsche Grammophon label. Also played was Avner Dorman's Mandolin Concerto (2006), written for Avi Avital and recorded on the Naxos American Classics label in 2007, and Avital's transcription of Bach's Harpsichord Concerto No. 5 for mandolin, from his first album, Bach, also from Deutsche Grammophon.