Program 667: Leo Ornstein at 100
KALW Broadcast Date: September 5, 2021 | Host: Liam herb
Performance of Echo Primitiv from 9 Arabesques for Piano, Op. 42, composed 1918-1920, by pianist Marthanne Verbit.
First American broadcast of Suicide in an Airplane, composed in 1913 and performed here from the Dutch radio station VPRO, recorded on March 16, 1991.
Excerpt from Ornsteins Piano Concerto, composed 1925, with William Wesney, piano, and the Yale University Symphony Orchestra. Ornstein gave the original performance at the piano with Leopold Stokowski conducting the Philadelphia Orchestra. This is an exceptional work in Ornsteins oeuvre, as he composed mainly for the piano.
Pianist Michael Sellers performs The Battle, the eighth of ten pieces from the Poems of 1917, Op. 41 (from an Orion recording).
Flautist Barbara Chaffee and pianist Marvin Tartak perform the Poem for Flute & Piano, recorded November 7, 1988, at a San Francisco Contemporary Music Players concert.
Ornstein Centenary Program, Part 2 highlights:
Discussion of Hebraic Fantasy for Violin & Piano, composed in 1929 for the occasion of Albert Einstein’s 50th birthday, and originally performed for him by Leo Ornstein.
Hebraic Fantasy for Violin & Piano, performed by Daniel Stepner and Marthanne Verbit at American Hall in New York, December 1982.
Performance of 1st movement of String Quartet #2, Op. 99, by the Pro Arte Quartet at St. Norberts College in Green Bay, Wisconsin for the celebration of Ornstein’s 95th birthday in 1987.
Interview with musicologist Nicolas Slonimsky. After some phone problems, Slonimsky explains that he recently spent five weeks in Russia. He delivered much of Ornstein’s piano music to his nephew, the composer Sergey Slonimsky (nine symphonies, etc.), who would be disseminating the music for an Ornstein centenary celebration. Discussion of Slonimsky’s ongoing work with new editions of Bakers Dictionary of Musicians, and Music since 1900.
Excerpt from beginning of 2nd movement of String Quartet #3 (1976), performed by the New Boston Quartet from a 1976 Serenus recording (SRS 12089), now out of print.
Track Info & Links
Title: Violin Sonata (posthumous)
Composer: Leo Ornstein
Performer: Francesco Parrino violin; Maud Renier piano
Recording Title: Complete Violin Sonatas of Leo Ornstein
Record Label: Brilliant Classics
Catalog Number: 95079