Classical 91.5

The Death of Cleopatra with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, April 2020

Mar 23, 2020

Berlioz's The Death of Cleopatra is a haunting setting of Cleopatra's final moments for mezzo-soprano and orchestra. Berlioz was an avid Shakespeare fan and wanted the piece to mimic the drama and chilling ending for the timeless story. This month the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Joyce Didonato share the piece (4/30). 

4/2        Prokofiev: Suite from The Love for Three Oranges Poulenc: Gloria Gounod: Saint Cecilia Mass

(Sandrine Piau, s; Michael Schade, t; Andrew Foster-Williams, bar; Chicago Symphony Chorus, Duain Wolfe, dir; Alain Altinoglu cond)

4/9        Dorman: Eternal Rhythm  Shostakovich: Symphony No. 8 Ravel: Boléro (Cynthia Yeh, perc; Sir Georg Solti and James Gaffigan, cond)

4/16      Pärt: Fratres  Bartók: Violin Concerto No. 1 Beethoven: Symphony No. 6, Pastoral Sibelius: Symphony No. 5 (Robert Chen, v; Neeme Järvi, cond)

4/23      Prokofiev: Overture on Hebrew Themes Mendelssohn:    Piano Concerto No. 1, Capriccio brillant Beethoven: Adagio cantabile from Piano Sonata No. 8, Pathétique Lutosławski:     Concerto for Orchestra

Schubert: Symphony No. 8, Unfinished (Sunwook Kim, p; Carlo Maria Giulini and Kirill Karabits, cond)

4/30      Bizet: Roma Berlioz: The Death of Cleopatra Respighi:    Pines of Rome Prokofiev: Selections from Romeo and Juliet (Joyce DiDonato, ms; Riccardo Muti, cond)