2009 Repertoire Report- Leonard Slatkin

Shelly from St Louis has taken the initiative to organize Leonard Slatkin’s repertoire for 2009 based on the listing of programs on his website. Shelly writes that Leonard has been her favorite conductor ever since he did a memorable clinic with her youth orchestra about 15 years ago.

As with last year, it is an awe-inspiring list- diverse, unpretentious, not afraid to be fun, and seems to me to be a list of a conductor who is happy to take chances. How refreshing to see a conductor of international stature who lists Leroy Anderson alongside Mahler. Amazingly, it is 121 pieces compared to, um, 121 pieces last year. (Correction- see Keith Fitch’s comment below. 3 of the Erb pieces were not done by Leonard, after all. Now go check out Keith’s music!)

Of course, Leonard’s list would be even longer if he’d been well these last several weeks. We’ve all been sending good wishes and karma since his heart attack. I wouldn’t be surprised if Leonard reads this (he’s a self- confessed internet junkie), so let me just wish my old teacher and mentor a very Merry Christmas and Happy New year- may 2010 be a time of good health, happiness and many more successes. Thanks for all your wisdom and support, Leonard.

1-     AHO: Concerto for Contrabassoon and Orchestra

2-     ANDERSON: Blue Tango; The Waltzing Cat; The Syncopated Clock

3-     BARBER: Overture to “The School for Scandal”

4-     BARBER: Adagio for Strings

5-     BARBER: Piano Concerto

6-     BARBER: Symphony No. 1

7-     BARBER: Prayers of Kierkegaard

8-     BARBER: Medea’s Meditation and Dance

9-     BEETHOVEN: Egmont Overture

10- BEETHOVEN: Piano Concerto No. 3

11- BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 7

12- BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 8

13- BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 9

14- BERG: Violin Concerto

15- BERNSTEIN: Overture to Candide

16- BERNSTEIN: Facsimile

17- BERLIOZ: Overture to Benvenuto Cellini

18- BERLIOZ: Symphonie Fantastique

19- BERMEL: Swing Song

20- BIZET/F. SLATKIN: Carmen’s Hoe-Down

21- BOLCOM: Violin Concerto

22- BORZOVA: Songs of Lada

23- BORZOVA: To the New World (DSO premiere)

24- BRAHMS: Academic Festival Overture

25- BRAHMS: Hungarian Dance No.

26- BRAHMS: Violin Concerto

27- BRAHMS: Piano Concerto No. 1 in D minor

28- BRAHMS: Symphony No. 1

29- BRAHMS: Symphony No. 2

30- BRAHMS: Symphony No. 4

31- BRITTEN: Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes

32- BRITTEN: Sinfonia da requiem, op. 20

33- BROUWER: Rhapsody for Orchestra (World Premiere)

34- BRUCH: Concerto for Viola, Clarinet and Orchestra

35- BRUCH: Violin Concerto No. 1, op. 26 in G minor

36- COPLAND: Appalachian Spring Suite

37- COPLAND: Selections from Rodeo

38- COPLAND: Four Dance Episodes from “Rodeo”

39- COPLAND: El Salon Mexico

40- COPLAND: Lincoln Portrait

41- COPLAND: Symphony No. 3


43- DANIELPOUR: A Woman’s Life

44- DEBUSSY: Prelude a l’apres-midi d’un faune

45- DVORAK: Carnival Overture

46- DVORAK: Symphony No. 8

47- DVOŘÁK: Symphony No. 9

48- DONALD ERB MEMORIAL CONCERT Remembrances (1994)

49- Erb Sonata for Solo Harp (1995)

50- Erb The Devil’s Quickstep (1982)

51- Erb Ritual Observances (1991)

52- FOSS: Time Cycle for Soprano and Orchestra

53- GERSHWIN: An American in Paris

54- GERSHWIN: Rhapsody in Blue

55- GERSHWIN: Cuban Overture

56- GERSHWIN: Lullaby for Strings

57- GERSHWIN: Strike Up The Band

58- GERSHWIN: Second Rhapsody

59- GERSHWIN: Porgy and Bess: Symphonic Picture

60- GLAZUNOV: Violin Concerto

61- GLINKA: Russlan and Ludmilla Overture

62- GOULD: American Salute

63- HAYDN: Symphony No. 67

64- HINDEMITH: Symphonic Metamorphosis

65- IVES: Unanswered Question

66- JOPLIN: The Entertainer

67- LALO: Symphonie Espagnole

68- LISZT: Piano Concerto No. 1

69- MAHLER: Symphony No. 1 in D major – Blumine

70- MAHLER: Symphony No. 1 in D major

71- MAHLER: Symphony No. 5

72- MATHES: A Standing Crowd Concertino for Orchestra (World Premiere, NSO commission)

73- MANCINI/CUSTER: A Tribute to Henry Mancini

74- McTEE: Einstein’s Dream

75- MENDELSSOHN: Nocturne and Wedding March from A Midsummer Night’s Dream

76- MENDELSSOHN: Violin Concerto

77- MENNIN: Moby Dick

78- MEYER, FLECK, HUSSAIN: Triple Concerto

79- MOZART: Concerto for Flute, No. 2, K. 314 in D major

80- MOZART: Double Piano Concerto K. 365

81- MOZART: Symphony No. 40 in G minor

82- MUSSORGSKY: Pictures at an Exhibition

83- NICOLAI: Overture to The Merry Wives of Windsor

84- PORTER: “So in Love” and “I Hate Men” from Kiss Me Kate

85- PRIMIAMI: Sirens (World Premiere)

86- RACHMANINOFF: Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini

87- RACHMANINOFF: Vocalise

88- RACHMANINOFF: Symphonic Dances

89- RACHMANINOFF: Piano Concerto No. 3

90- RACHMANINOFF: Symphony No. 1 in D minor, Op. 13

91- RACHMANINOFF: Symphony No. 2

92- RODGERS: “Falling in Love with Love” from The Boys from Syracuse

93- RODRIGO: Fantasia para un gentilhombre

94- ROSSINI: “Willow Song” from Otello

95- ROSSINI: La Gazza Ladra Overture

96- ROSZA: Sinfonia Concertante – Double Concerto for Violin and Cello

97- ROUSE: Friandises

98- SCHUMANN: Symphony No. 3

99- BRIGHT SHENG: Harp Concerto

100-                    SHOSTAKOVICH: Cello Concerto No. 2

101-                    SIBELIUS: Violin Concerto

102-                    SIBELIUS: Symphony No. 2

103-                    SIBELIUS: Symphony No. 5

104-                    SIERRA: Missa Latina

105-                    R. STRAUSS: Don Quixote

106-                    R. STRAUSS: Ein Heldenleben

107-                    STRAVINSKY: Violin Concerto

108-                    STUCKY: Son et lumiere

109-                    TCHAIKOVSKY: Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture

110-                    TCHAIKOVSKY: Symphony No. 5, Op. 64 in E minor

111-                    TCHAIKOVSKY: Capriccio Italien

112-                    TCHAIKOVSKY: Violin Concerto, op. 35 in D major

113-                    TCHAIKOVSKY: Suite from Swan Lake

114-                    TCHAIKOVSKY: 1812 Overture

115-                    TCHAIKOVSKY: Symphony No. 4 in F Minor, op. 36

116-                    TOWER: Made in America

117-                    VERDI: Requiem

118-                    WALTON: Partita for Orchestra

119-                    WALTON: Partita for Orchestra

120-                    WILLIAMS: The Imperial March from Star Wars

121-                    WILLIAMS: Concerto for Horn

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4 comments on “2009 Repertoire Report- Leonard Slatkin”

  1. Keith Fitch

    Hi Ken,

    A small correction to your list. LS conducted just “Ritual Observances” on the Don Erb Memorial Concert. I conducted “The Devil’s Quickstep,” and the other two pieces were played by students and a faculty member, respectively (you can see some of the performances on You Tube).

    Hope you have a great holiday season! I’d love to catch up after the holidays! Keith

  2. CB


    FOSS: Time Cycle for Soprano and Orchestra
    BOLCOM: Violin Concerto
    WALTON: Partita for Orchestra
    LALO: Symphonie Espagnole
    BERG: Violin Concerto
    Erb Ritual Observances


    MAHLER – say how come no one plays the 6th that much?


    MENNIN: Moby Dick – sorry ladies and gentleman…but i think it’s trash. falls apart. structurally unbalanced. don’t understand the interest in Mennin outside of his Juilliard relationship.”

  3. Kenneth Woods

    CB- I completely agree with you on all the “yum” works. Donald Erb is a hugely under-rated composer whose music is always full of color. I’ve only had the chance to hear a few Foss pieces, but I’ve always enjoyed his music, and found him a fun and interesting conductor to play for too. Berg- one of the great works of all time. Walton- always the master craftsman. Lalo- okay, I agree with you on almost all the yum works.

    Mahler 6- I think it’s mostly a budget thing. It’s one of the larger orchestra of the Mahlers, and much more likely to well beyond the core players in even a major orchestra, where the 5th can be done with people already on the payroll. I couldn’t pick a favorite Mahler, but 6 would certainly be a possible favorite. It’s the first one I learned, and although I did read it with a good orchestra in my youth, I have yet to perform it. Soon. Soon. It must be soon.

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