Violin and Orchestra

We hear three popular works for violin and orchestra: the Sibelius Violin Concerto, Tchaikovsky’s Sérénade mélancolique, and the Poème, Op. 25 by Ernest Chausson.

Mahler’s 1st Symphony

Mahler’s First Symphony is performed by the Columbia Symphony Orchestra conducted by Bruno Walter.

Luigi Boccherini

We hear three compositions by the underappreciated 18th century composer, Luigi Boccherini.

Non-Operatic Puccini

We hear two youthful non-operatic works by Puccini: his "Preludio sinfonico" and his "Messa di Gloria".

Handel’s Messiah

Excerpts from Mozart’s orchestration of Handel’s Messiah are performed by soloists, the Huddersfield Choral Society, and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Sir Charles Mackerras.