Weekly Rotations is a weekly Spotify playlist curated by ABMC's Matthew Peters. The "for musicians, by musicians" ethos that Matthew uses to run ABMC is rooted in the idea that even after decades in the business, he is dedicated to sustaining the initial excitement and inspiration that originally led him to become a musician. These weekly playlists offer the opportunity to further champion musicians, composers, labels, and repertoire that have made (and continue to make) an impact on him.
The first week of every month will be a freeform playlist, the second will be an orchestral programme, the third will focus on cello repertoire, and the fourth week will highlight chamber music.
While the individual pieces certainly can stand on their own, these playlists are intended to be listened to in order - as one would in a concert or programmed radio setting. I hope you enjoy them, please feel free to share with your friends, family, and colleagues.
Weekly Rotations 002 - 08 November 2019 (Orchestral)
Russian Masterpieces Premiered in November
Pyotr Tchaikovsky - Marche Slave
Premiered 17 November 1876
Sergei Rachmaninoff- Piano Concerto no. 2
Premiered 09 November 1901
Dmitri Shostakovich - Symphony no. 5
Premiered 21 November 1937
Weekly Rotations 001 - 01 November 2019 (Freeform)
Felix Mendelssohn - Octet in Eb Major, Op. 20
Incredible and historic 'All-Star' lineup for this recording - violins: Jascha Heifetz, Israel Baker, Arnold Belnick, Joseph Stepansky; violas: William Primrose, Virginia Majewski; cellos: Gregor Piatigorsky, Gabor Rejto.
Philip Sawyers - Elegiac Rhapsody for Trumpet and Orchestra
ABMC's own Simon Desbruslais performs this haunting piece, written in response to the passing of composer John McCabe.
Franz Schubert - Wasserflut
'Wasserflut' (or 'Flood') is the sixth song in the Winterreise cycle. Using imagery of tears and ice, Schubert conveys darkness and despair in this short masterpiece. "The cold snow thirstily sucks up his tears; when the warm winds blow, the snow and ice will melt, and the brook will carry them through the town to where his sweetheart lives." Performed by Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau and Daniel Barenboim.
Páll Ragnar Pálsson - Afterquake
A long-time friend and favourite artist of ABMC, Saeunn Thorsteinsdottir released her second album, Vernacular, in March 2019 with a stunning collection of works for solo cello by Icelandic composers.
David Braid - Sonata for Quartet
Kurt Weill - Symphony no. 1