Newstalgia Mid-Week Concert - from Radio Espana this week - a concert by Orquesta Sinfonica de Navarra conducted by Francois Xavier Roth - program includes the seldom heard German Dances of Franz Schubert as orchestrated by Anton Webern, Bartok's Concerto for Viola and Orchestra with Miguel da Silva, viola and Schumann's Symphony Nr. 3 (Rhenish) - recorded January 14, 2010
December 15, 2010

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Francois Xavier Roth - no doubt, a big thumbs up from Webern.


Over to Spain this week for a concert performed by Orquesta Sinfonica de Navarra conducted by Francois-Xavier Roth and featuring Ysaye Quartet Violist Miguel da Silva joining the orchestra in the Viola Concerto of Bartok. Finishing up the concert (which goes a little over an hour) is the Schumann Symphony Number 3 (Rhenish). The concert was recorded by Radio Espana on January 14, 2010.

What starts the concert is a particular favorite of mine which, up until recently has been hardly ever performed. The German Dances of Schubert arranged by Anton von Webern is one of the really charming and thoroughly enjoyable pieces that seem to have been given short-shrift in the concert hall in the past. It's been getting performed more in recent months which is a good sign and a relief.

I confess to not being all that familiar with this orchestra and, like many of these smaller regional bands, completely blown away by them. Although they are not new (they got started in 1879), they are a wonderful discovery and further evidence music and its performance is alive and well. Francois Xavier Roth may not be all that familiar in the U.S. but he is making a name for himself in Europe for very good reason.

Here's the rundown for you note takers:

20.00►Orquesta Sinfónica de Navarra

Concierto celebrado en el Auditorio Baluarte de

Pamplona el 14 de enero de 2010.

SCHUBERT (arr. WEBERN): Danzas alemanas,D.820.
BARTOK: Concierto para viola y orquesta, SZ. 120.
SCHUMANN: Sinfonía nº 3 en Mi bemol mayor, Op. 97 “Renana”. Miguel da Silva (vla.), Orq.Sinf. de Navarra. Dir.: F. X. Roth.

Since the concert is a little over an hour, it's all on one player. Announcements are in Spanish.

A good concert to go with Anti-Road Rage Wednesday. Turn it up and relax.

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