2010 Repertoire Report- Leonard Slatkin

Next up in the 2010 Repertoire Reports, one of our annual mainstay’s, Leonard Slatkin.

By one measure, Leonard seems to be slowing down this year-  mere 91 works plus unlisted pops selections, compared to 121 2008 and 2009. One might be tempted to think that he’s taking it a bit easier after well-publicised health problems. After all, most conductors areprone to slimming down their rep lists as their careers evolve beyond a certain “learn everything” stage.

But then you would look at what is included in that 91 works. A mountain of premieres by a wide range of mostly American leading composers, paired with rarely heard oddities like the Korngold Cello Concerto, Waxman Tristan Fantasy and Rozsa Spellbound Concerto.

There are also Leonard’s mainstays- Prokofiev 5 has been a mainstay of his repertoire, and his interpretation  a mainstay of the industry, for over 30 years. This year he’s conducted all of Rachmaninoff’s symphonies, Isle of the Dead and much of the concertante music for piano. Amd, as always, Leonard’s commitment to the rich tradition of tonal American symphonists like Piston, Schuman, Barber and Copland is readily manifest. Where would the music of Piston and Schuman be without his advocacy?

Like Paavo, Leonard also seems to like to pick a work or two as party piece of the year- Berlioz Symphonie Fantastique was something he did with several orchestras in 2010.

As in past years, I think of the regularly checked Reports in this series, Leonard’s 2010 Repertoire is the list that would be the toughest for any of us “normal” conductors to step in and cover. I’ve conducted 45 of the 91 works n his list- whether I could learn the others in one year is a question I hesitate to answer.

Leonard Slatkin

2010 Repertoire Report


  1. ADAMS: Violin Concerto
  2. BARBER: Capricorn Concerto
  3. BARBER: Cello Concerto
  4. BARBER: Symphony No. 1
  5. BATES: Liquid Interface
  6. BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 3, “Eroica”
  7. BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 8
  8. BERLIOZ: Le Corsaire
  9. BRAHMS: Symphony No. 2
  10. BERLIOZ: Roman Carnival Overture
  11. BERLIOZ: Symphony Fantastique
  12. BERNSTEIN: Symphonic Suite from On the Waterfront
  13. BERNSTEIN: Three Dance Episodes from “On the Town”
  14. BERNSTEIN: Symphonic Dances from “West Side Story”
  15. BRAHMS: Symphony No. 1
  16. BRUCH: Violin Concerto No. 1
  17. CHILDS: Concerto for Violin (World Premiere)
  18. COPLAND: Suite from Appalachian Spring
  19. CORIGLIANO: Pied Piper Fantasy (DSO Premiere)
  20. DANIELPOUR: Pastime
  21. DEBUSSY: Afternoon of a Faun
  22. DOPPLER: Rigoletto Fantasie
  23. DVORÁK: Symphony No. 6
  24. DVORAK: Symphony No. 7
  25. DVORÁK: Symphony No. 9, “From the New World”
  26. ELGAR: Violin Concerto
  27. GERSHWIN: Piano Concerto in F
  28. GERSHWIN: An American in Paris
  29. HAYDN: Creation (excerpt)
  30. HIGDON: Violin Concerto (DSO Premiere)
  31. HOLST: The Planets
  32. HOSOKAWA: Sternenlose Nacht
  33. KORNGOLD: Cello Concerto
  34. LEE: Beyond Rivers of Vision (DSO Premiere)
  35. LISCHKA: Concerto for Saxophone Quartet and Orchestra
  36. LISZT: Piano Concerto No. 1
  37. McTEE: Double Play (World Premiere)
  38. McTEE: Tempus Fugit
  39. McTEE: Symphony No. 1: Ballet for Orchestra
  40. MENNIN: Concertato for Orchestra, “Moby Dick”
  41. MERCADANTE: Flute Concerto in e minor
  42. MOZART: Flute Concerto No. 2
  43. MOZART: Symphony No. 35, “Haffner”
  44. MUSSORGSKY: Pictures at an Exhibition
  45. PART: Fratres
  46. PISTON: Incredible Flutist Suite
  47. PROKOFIEV: Classical Symphony
  48. PROKOFIEV: Piano Concerto No. 3
  49. PROKOFIEV: Violin Concerto No. 2
  50. PROKOFIEV: Symphony No. 5
  51. PURCELL: Chacony in G (Britten)
  52. RABAUD: La Procession Nocturne
  53. RACHMANINOFF: Piano Concerto No. 1
  54. RACHMANINOFF: Piano Concerto No. 3
  55. RACHMANINOFF: Variations on a Theme of Paganini
  56. RACHMANINOFF: The Isle of the Dead
  57. RACHMANINOFF: Symphony No. 1
  58. RACHMANINOFF: Symphony No. 2
  59. RACHMANINOFF: Symphony No. 3
  60. RACHMANINOFF: Vocalise
  61. RAVEL: Piano Concerto
  62. RIMSKY-KORSAKOV: Antar
  63. ROSAMOND & JOHNSON: Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing
  64. ROSSINI: Overture to “La Gazza Ladra”
  65. ROZSA: Spellbound Concerto
  66. RUIZ: Nebula
  67. STEPHEN RUSH: Tango Symphony (World Premiere)
  68. SAINT-SAENS: Cello Concerto
  69. SHCHEDRIN: Oboe Concerto
  70. SCHUBERT: Symphony No. 9
  71. SCHUMAN: American Festival Overture
  72. SCHUMAN: Circus Overture: Side Show
  73. SCHUMAN: Violin Concerto
  74. SCHUMAN: Symphony No. 3
  75. BRIGHT SHENG: Concerto for Orchestra: Zodiac Tales (World Premiere)
  76. SHOSTAKOVICH: Tahiti Trot
  77. SHOSTAKOVICH: Violin Concerto
  78. SHOSTAKOVICH: Symphony No. 5
  79. SMETANA: Bohemian Meadows
  80. SPRATLAN: Life is a Dream (World Premiere)
  81. STRAUSS: Symphonia Domestica
  82. STRAVINSKY: Firebird (1919)
  83. TCHAIKOVSKY: Francesca di Rimini
  84. TCHAIKOVSKY: Piano Concerto No. 1
  85. TCHAIKOVSKY: Symphony No. 6
  86. TOWER: Concerto for Clarinet
  87. TOWER: Fanfare, Made in America
  88. VERDI: Overture to La Forza del Destino
  89. WAGNER/WAXMAN: Tristan & Isolde Fantasy
  90. WILLIAMS: Violin Concerto (DSO Premiere)
  91. WILSON: Lumina (DSO Premiere)

91-95. DSO Community Concert Series:
96-100. Home for the Holidays Pops Concerts

101.107: Orchestre National de Lyon: MUSIC OF BERNSTEIN AND GERSHWIN


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American conductor, composer and cellist Kenneth Woods is Principal Conductor of the English Symphony Orchestra, Artistic Director of the Colorado MahlerFest and cellist of the string trio Ensemble Epomeo. He records for the Avie, Somm, Nimbus, Signum, MSR and Toccata labels.

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