Hector Berlioz: Roman Carnival Overture, Op. 9
This overture is made up of material from Berlioz's opera Benvenuto Cellini and seamlessly blends the love scene from the first act with a wild saltarello or folk dance. The name comes from the opera’s carnival scene.
Edward Elgar: Cello Concerto in E Minor, Op. 85
Featuring Jesús Castro-Balbí
Elgar’s introspective and elegiac concerto had a disastrous premiere in 1919 due to lack of rehearsal time, and it languished until a 1960s recording by Jacqueline de Pré reintroduced it to critical acclaim. Today, this concerto is a cornerstone of the solo cello repertoire, and leading cellists have performed the work in concert and on recordings.
Alexander Borodin: In the Steppes of Central Asia
Borodin’s symphonic poem is a beautiful depiction of a caravan of Central Asians crossing the desert under the protection of Russian troops.
Ottorino Respighi: Pines of Rome
This is the second work in Respighi’s "Roman" trilogy (between Fountains and Festivals), with each of its four movements providing a spellbinding portrait of pine trees in Rome at different times of the day.