Performance Today

PT Weekend: From Beethoven's opera

ROCO, Houston,, photograph by Jeff Grass

Performance Today - September 18, 2021


September 18, 2021

Beethoven had a productive life as a composer, but he only ever finished one opera. Beethoven couldn't decide on the best music to introduce that opera — in fact, he wrote four different overtures. On today's show, hear one of Beethoven's attempted overtures performed by ROCO, with Michael Stern conducting.

Episode Playlist

Hour 1

Joseph Boulogne: Sonata 2:  Andantino
Laurel Zucker, flute | John Cozza, piano
Album: Flute and Piano Music By Composers of African Descent. Vol. 2
Cantilena Records

Joseph Bologne: Violin Concerto No. 2 Op. 8: Movements 1-2
Randall Goosby, violin | The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra | JoAnn Falletta, conductor
The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Kleinhans Music Hall, Buffalo NY

Piano Puzzler
Contestant: Ethan Woyach from Oak Park, IL

Michael Brown: Reflections (2016) for Piano Trio
Michael Brown, piano | Elena Urioste, violin | Nicholas Canellakis, cello
Chamber Music Society of Palm Beach, Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, West Palm Beach, FL

Hour 2

Michael Torke: Spoon Bread Movement 3
Tessa Lark, violin | Roman Rabinovich, piano
Album: Spoon Bread: Michael Torke
Ecstatic 2018

Clara Schumann, arr. Tim Bradley: Two pieces from Soires Musicales, Op. 6
Copper Street Brass
Sundin Music Hall, St. Paul, MN

Antonin Dvorak: Miniatures for Two violins and viola
Jun Iwasaki, violin | Tessa Lark, violin | Cynthia Phelps, viola
Seattle Chamber Music Society, Nordstrom Recital Hall at Benaroya Hall, Seattle, WA

Georg Philipp Telemann: Fantasie No. 7 in E-flat major for solo violin
Tessa Lark, violin
Seattle Chamber Music Society, Nordstrom Recital Hall at Benaroya Hall, Seattle, WA

Ludwig van Beethoven: Overture to Leonore No. 3
ROCO | Michael Stern, conductor
ROCO, St. John the Divine Church, Houston, TX