classical music highlights

Tonight we'll enjoy the romantic adagio of Spartacus and Phrygia from Kchachaturian's ballet version of "Spartacus."  

This morning Fernando Sor sends us a postcard with his "Souvenir of Russia" for two guitars. 

Tonight we'll enjoy Kenneth Frazelle's "Blue Ridge Airs II," written for flutist Paula Robison.  

A little rondo by Henry Purcell might have been long-forgotten, like many other pieces from the Baroque, except that Benjamin Britten "borrowed" it as the theme for his "Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra." We'll enjoy Purcell's original this morning.

Rachmaninoff was so demoralized by the bad reviews of his first symphony, that he stopped composing for years. Eventually, he regained his confidence, and we'll enjoy his triumphant Symphony No. 2 tonight.