Poster Composer Christopher Gunning
Composer Christopher Gunning
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Gunning: Symphony No. 10

Composer Christopher Gunning often advised emerging composers not to wait to write their symphonies until they were too old and tired to do so, and he followed his advice by completing THIRTEEN symphonies before he died in 2023. On today's show, conductor Kenneth Woods leads the Colorado MahlerFest Orchestra in a performance of Christopher Gunning's Symphony No. 10.

Episode Playlist

Hour 1

Johann Vanhal: Concerto for Double Bass - Movement 3
Edicson Ruiz, double bass | Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra | Christian Vasquez, conductor
Album: Edicson Ruiz, Orquesta Sinfonica
Phil.harmonie 6008

Silvestre Revueltas: Sensemaya
Polish Radio Orchestra in Warsaw | Christian Vasquez, conductor
Witold Lutoslawski Polish Radio Concert Studio, Warsaw, Poland

Joseph Haydn: Piano Trio No. 39 in G Major, Hob. XV/25
Summit Piano Trio
The Henry Morrison Flagler Museum, Palm Beach, FL

Christopher Gunning: Symphony No. 10
Colorado MahlerFest Orchestra | Kenneth Woods, conductor
Colorado MahlerFest, Macky Auditorium, Boulder, CO

Hour 2

Claude Debussy, arr. Merz Trio: La plus que lente (As Slowly as Possible)
Merz Trio
Album: Ink
Bright Shiny Things

Claude Debussy, arr. Hubert Mouton: Pelleas et Melisande
Dolce Suono Ensemble
DSE Presents, Trinity Center for Urban Life, Philadelphia, PA

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Violin Sonata No. 27 in G Major, K. 379
Jennifer Frautschi, violin | Max Levinson, piano
Seattle Chamber Music Society, SCMS Center for Chamber Music, Seattle, WA

Florence Price: Ethiopia's Shadow in America
Basel Sinfonietta | Jessica Horsley, conductor
Casino, Bern, Switzerland

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