Monday, June 23, 2008

Le Chevalier de Saint-Georges Violin Concerto on June 24, 6:30-8:00 p.m. EDT

[Joseph Boulogne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges Violin Concertos; Qian Zhou, violin; Toronto Camerata; Kevin Mallon, conductor; Naxos 8.557322 (2004)]

Greg Kostraba is Classical Music Director of WGTE 91.3 FM in Toledo. He tells AfriClassical: I wanted to let you and your readers know that I will be broadcasting Qian Zhou's performance with the Toronto Chamber Orchestra of the Violin Concerto No. 2, Op posth. by the Chevalier de Saint-Georges tomorrow evening, June 24th, 2008 on Evening Classics. The show can be heard on-line at from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. EDT. Thanks!! Greg”

Allan Badley writes in the liner notes of the recording: “From the outer movements, there is little to suggest that the work was composed later than his other concertos. The extraordinary central movement, however, is quite unlike anything heard in the concertos composed in the 1770s. The gripping opening with its rhapsodic solo part gives way to a beautiful theme, written for the violin in its low and middle registers, which is then followed by a second theme, rather in the manner of one of Haydn's sets of alternating variations.” says of Greg Kostraba: “Winner of the 2007 Ohio Public Broadcasting Award for Radio Producer of the Year, WGTE’s Classical Music Director and Senior Radio Host Greg Kostraba is responsible for programming classical music.” “Greg Kostraba has successfully combined a career as a radio professional and concert pianist.” “His January 2006 performance of Kaintuck’ by William Grant Still with the Toledo Symphony Orchestra, Chelsea Tipton II conducting, was broadcast nationwide on National Public Radio’s Performance Today.” Le Chevalier de Saint-Georges (1745-1799) is profiled at

1 comment:

BronzeBuckaroo said...

I have purchased almost every violin concerto based on Saint-Georges compositions.