2009 Repertoire Report- Marin Alsop

Judy, a young conductor in Baltimore, has looked up to Marin Alsop for many years “more because I love her programming and her passion for connection with audiences than because she’s also a woman,” so she’s assembled a repertoire report for Marin to see just how that programming breaks down.

A great and interesting list! I suppose it is not surprising that Marin’s list has the most in common with Leonard’s, but at 77 works it’s quite a bit shorter. There is a huge amount of music by living American composers, mostly done at her festival in Cabrillo of Contemporary Music (my teacher, Gerhard Samuel, was the festival’s first music director back in the day).

I wonder if we can look forward to some Dvorak symphony recordings from Marin soon? Doing no’s 5-8 in one year doesn’t look like an accident. Interestingly, unless we’ve overlooked something, Marin is the first conductor we’ve come across to go a year without conducting a Beethoven symphony (no Haydn either, nor Mendelssohn, Schubert, or Schumann and one Mozart- her interests seem much more on late Romantic and 20th c. repertoire than on classics, early Romantics or even Baroque composers).

I’m looking forward to seeing more lists of major conductors like Marin and Leonard, but it would also be great to have lists from some young conductors, university conductors and some more mid-sized orchestra’s like Patty’s.  I’d love to see a repertoire report or two from some freelancers: what does a freelance violist get through in a year? I know some of you keep track of these things (you know who you are- don’t make me send my research assistant to your website!). What did you play this year, and how many orchestras did you go through?

What about composers? Many of you combine composition and performing- what did you write/perform/organize this year? Whatever you do, what did your artistic year look like?

Meanwhile, on to Marin Alsop’s 2009 Repertoire Report.

1-       Tray Anastasio ??????

2-       BARBER: Knoxville: Summer of 1915, Op.24

3-       BARBER: Violin Concerto, Op.14

4-       BARBER: Symphony no.1

5-       BARTÓK: Concerto for Orchestra

6-       BARTOK: The Miraculous Mandarin, Op.19

7-       BEETHOVEN: Egmont Overture

8-       BEETHOVEN: Violin Concerto in D major, op.61

9-       BERLIOZ: Symphonie Fantastique

10-   BERNSTEIN: Opening Prayer

11-   Bernstein: Symphony no 1 “Jeremiah”

12-   BRAHMS: Hungarian Dances

13-   BRAHMS: Tragic Overture

14-   BRAHMS: Piano Concerto no.1 in D minor, Op.15

15-   BRAHMS: Piano Concerto no.2

16-   BRAHMS: – Symphony No. 1

17-   BRAHMS: Symphony no.4 op. 98

18-   BRAHMS: Variations on a theme of Haydn, Op.56a

19-   Dave and Chris Brubeck: Ansel Adams: America

20-   BRUCH: Violin Concerto no. 1 in G minor

21-   ENRICO CHAPELA: Inguesu

22-   CHOPIN: Piano Concerto no. 1 in E minor op. 11

23-   COPLAND: Symphony no.3

24-   MICHAEL DAUGHERTY: “Red Cape Tango” from Metropolis Symphony

25-   BRETT DEAN: Amphitheatre

26-   BRETT DEAN: Moments of Bliss

27-   AVNER DORMAN: Spices, Fumes, Toxins!

28-   DVORAK: Slavonic Dance #1, Op. 46

29-   DVORAK: Scherzo Capriccioso op.66

30-   DVORAK: Symphony No. 5

31-   DVORAK: Symphony no.6 in D, Op. 60

32-   DVORAK: Symphony no. 7

33-   DVORAK: Symphony no.8 in G, Op. 88

34-   GERSHWIN: Rhapsody in Blue

35-   GERSHWIN: Concerto in F

36-   GERSHWIN: “I Got Rhythm” Variations

37-   GOLIJOV: Azul

38-   DAVID HEATH: Rise from the Dark

39-   HIGDON: Violin Concerto (Hahn)

40-   JENNIFER HIGDON: Concerto 4‐3

41-   Hindemith: Symphony Mathis der Maler

42-   MATTHEW HINDSON: Rave-Elation (Schindowski Mix)

43-   IVES: The Unanswered Question

44-    additional works by Adams, Barber

45-   LEE JOHNSON: Dead Symphony no. 6

46-   AARON JAY KERNIS: Invisible Mosaic III

47-   MAGNUS LINDBERG: Seht die Sonne (Behold the Sun)

48-   LISZT: Piano Concerto no.1

49-   LISZT: Les Préludes

50-   LISZT: Totentanz

51-   JAMES MACMILLAN: The Sacrifice: Three Interludes

52-   MAHLER 1

53-   MAHLER: Symphony no. 4

54-   MAHLER: Symphony no. 5

55-   MAHLER: Symphony no.9 in A minor, ‘Tragic’ (We think they mean Symphony no. 6, which is in A minor, and sometimes called the “Tragic”)

56-   INGRAM MARSHALL: Kingdom Come

57-   Mozart Deconstructed

58-   MOZART: Eine Kleine Nachtmusik

59-   MOZART: Piano Concerto No.22 in E flat K482

60-   MOZART: Symphony No.29 in A Major K.201

61-   KEVIN PUTS: Two Mountain Scenes

62-   RACHMANINOV: Piano Concerto no.3

63-   RACHMANINOV: Symphonic Dances

64-   RAVEL: Daphnis and Chloe (second suite)

65-   SAINT-SAENS: Symphony no.3 ‘Organ Symphony’

66-   SCHWANTNER: New Morning of the World

67-   Shostakovich: Symphony no 5 in D minor, Op. 47

68-   STRAUSS RICHARD: Till Eulenspiegel

69-   STRAUSS, RICHARD: Alpine Symphony

70-   STRAVINSKY: L’Oiseau de Feu Suite no.2 (1919)

71-   STRAVINSKY: Rite of Spring

72-   JOBY TALBOT: Desolation Wilderness

73-   TCHAIKOVSKY: Hamlet

74-   TCHAIKOVSKY: First Piano Concerto

75-   TCHAIKOVSKY: Symphony no. 4

76-   GEORGE TSONTAKIS: Clair de Lune

77-   WAGNER: Orchestral extracts from the Nibelung Ring

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