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Violinist Bella Hristova
Photo: Lisa-Marie Mazzucco
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Performance Today - June 4, 2024

Violinist Bella Hristova and composer David Ludwig were married in 2015. In the months leading up to the wedding, Ludwig wrote a piece for Hristova—not a 2-minute bon-bon for the reception, but a full concerto for solo violin and orchestra. On today's episode, we'll hear Bella Hristova play Ludwig's concerto with JoAnn Falletta conducting the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra.

Episode Playlist

Hour 1

Charles Auguste de Beriot: Scenes or Caprices, Op. 109 No. 1: La Separation
Bella Hristova, violin
Album: Charles-Auguste de Beriot: Solo Violin Music, Vol. 1
Naxos 572267

Reena Esmail: Saans
Benjamin Beilman, violin | Paul Wiancko, cello | Pedja Muzijevic, piano
Spoleto Festival USA Chamber Music Series, Dock Street Theatre, Charleston, SC

Gustav Mahler: Piano Quartet in A minor: Movement 1 Zicht zu schnell
Susie Park, violin | Rebecca Young, viola | Brandon Vamos, cello | John Novacek, piano
Music in the Vineyards Festival, Silverado Vineyards, Napa, CA

David Ludwig: Concerto for Violin and Orchestra
Bella Hristova, violin | Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra | JoAnn Falletta, conductor
Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Kleinhans Music Hall, Buffalo, NY

Hour 2

Igor Stravinsky: Duo Concertante: Movement 4 Gigue
Jennifer Frautschi, violin | Marta Aznavoorian, piano
Album: Stravinsky, Ravel, Jennifer Frautschi, Marta Aznavoorian
Artek 00062

Jean Sibelius: The Swan of Tuonela, No. 2 from Legends, Op. 22
Tamara Winston, English horn | The Nashville Symphony | Giancarlo Guerrero, conductor
The Nashville Symphony, The Schermerhorn Symphony Center, Nashville, TN

Franz Schubert: String Trio in B-flat Major D 581
Jennifer Frautschi, violin | Paul Neubauer, viola | Edward Arron, cello
String Theory @HOME (virtual event), Online

Valerie Coleman: Umoja Anthem of Unity for Orchestra
Minnesota Orchestra | Osmo Vanska, conductor
Minnesota Orchestra, Orchestra Hall, Minneapolis, MN

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