Saturday Classics

Saturday, 6 to 11 am

Wake up to a great variety of classical music every Saturday morning with host Rolf Charlston. You'll hear works ranging from Baroque to contemporary--from a gentle waltz to a bright tango--from old favorites to something new.

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Playlist

November 24, 2012

6:06 AM
Autumn Legend
Artist : Nicholas Daniel, English horn
Album :
Composer : William Alwyn
Catalog : 9065 CD
Conductor : Richard Hickox
Orchestra : London Sinfonia
Label : Chandos
6:20 AM
Violin Sonata No. 18 in G
Artist : Isaac Stern, violin
Album :
Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Catalog : 89936 CD
Label : CBS/Sony
6:39 AM
Viola Concerto in D
Artist : Gerard Causse, viola
Album :
Composer : Franz Anton Hoffmeister
Catalog : 54817 CD
Conductor : Gerard Causse
Orchestra : Solistes de Montpellier-Moscou
Label : Angel/EMI
7:06 AM
Lustspiel Overture Op 38
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Ferruccio Busoni
Catalog : 572922 CD
Conductor : Francesco La Vecchia
Orchestra : Rome Symphony Orchestra
Label : Naxos
7:17 AM
Symphony No.100 in G
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Franz Joseph Haydn
Catalog : 55192 CD
Conductor : Roger Norrington
Orchestra : London Classical Players
Label : Angel/EMI
7:45 AM
Serenade for string orchestra in G Op 11
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Dag Wiren
Catalog : 285 CD
Conductor : Esa-Pekka Salonen
Orchestra : Stockholm Sinfonietta
Label : Bis
8:06 AM
Concerto for two violins and orchestra in D
Artist : Bela Banfalvi, violin
Album :
Composer : Johann Christian Bach
Catalog : 7005 CD
Orchestra : Budapest Strings
Label : Capriccio
8:29 AM
Concerto for 3 violins, stgs, & BC in D
Artist : Carmel Kaine, violin
Album :
Composer : Johann Sebastian Bach
Catalog : 127 CD
Conductor : Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra : Academy of St Martin in Fields
Label : Boston Sky
8:50 AM
Introduction and Polonaise brillante in C Op 3
Artist : Matt Haimovitz, cello
Album :
Composer : Frederic Chopin
Catalog : 1229 CD
Label : Oxingale
9:06 AM
Das Jahr: No.11 November
Artist : Sarah Rothenberg, piano
Album :
Composer : Fanny Mendelssohn (Hensel)
Catalog : 6666 CD
Label : Arabesque
9:17 AM
String Symphony No. 11 in F
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Felix Mendelssohn
Catalog : 60107 CD
Conductor : Scott Yoo
Orchestra : Metamorphosen
Label :
9:52 AM
ROMEO AND JULIET: Queen Mab Scherzo Op 17
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Hector Berlioz
Catalog : 791631 CD
Conductor : Arturo Toscanini
Orchestra : The Philadelphia Orchestra
Label : RCA/BMG
10:00 AM
Western Suite
Artist :
Album :
Composer : Elie Siegmeister
Catalog : 8155 CD
Conductor : Maurice Abravanel
Orchestra : Utah Symphony Orchestra
Label : Vox/MMG
10:40 AM
Choral Fantasy in c Op 80
Artist : Menahem Pressler, piano
Album :
Composer : Ludwig Van Beethoven
Catalog : 438005 CD
Conductor : Kurt Masur
Orchestra : Gewandhausorchester Leipzig
Label : Philips

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JOE KLAMAR AFP/Getty Images

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Konstantin Sergeyev Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed May 28, 2014 8:22 pm

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