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Weekly Rotations

Curated Playlists

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 (
blue), the second will be an orchestral programme (red), the third will focus on cello repertoire (green), and the fourth week will highlight chamber music (brown). 


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 or concert setting.  I hope you enjoy them, please feel free to share with your friends, family, and colleagues.


a glimpse of the ABMC music library

Weekly Rotations 008 - December 2019 04 (Chamber)

Johannes Brahms - Trio in A minor

Martin Fröst, clarinet / Torleif Thedéen, cello / Roland Pöntinen (BIS)

Michael Gordon - Potassium


Cheryl Frances-Hoad - The Forgiveness Machine

Phoenix Piano Trio (CHAMPS HILL RECORDS)

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - String Quartet no. 8

Borodin Quartet (MUSICAL CONCEPTS)

Weekly Rotations 007 - December 2019 03 (Cello)


Luigi Boccherini - Sonata in C minor, G2
Gaetano Nasillo, cello / Marco Vitali, cello (PAN CLASSICS)

Ernest Bloch - Suite no. 1 for Solo Cello

Pieter Wispelwey, cello (PM CLASSICS)

Ricard Strauss - Chanson Russe

Yo-Yo Ma, cello / Emmanuel Ax, piano (SONY)

Weekly Rotations 006 - December 2019 02 (Orchestral)

Maurice Ravel - La Valse

Berlin Philharmonic / Pierre Boulez, conductor (DEUTSCHE GRAMMAPHON)

Dmitry Kabalevsky - Cello Concerto no. 2

Steven Isserlis, cello / London Philharmonic Orchestra / Andrew Litton, conductor (EMI/VIRGIN)

Philip Sawyers - Symphony no. 3

English Symphony Orchestra / Kenneth Woods, conductor (NIMBUS RECORDINGS)


Weekly Rotations 005 - December 2019 01 (Freeform)


Two of my favourite, underperformed, Stabat Maters.

Karol Szymanowski - Stabat Mater
Lucy Crowe, soprano / Pamela Helen Stephen, mezzo-sporano / Robert Murray, tenor / Gábor Bretz, baritone / BBC Symphony Chorus / BBC Symphony Orchestra / Edward Gardener, conductor (CHANDOS)

Antonin Dvořák - Stabat Mater

Eri Nakamura, soprano / Elisabeth Kulman, mezzo-soprano / Michael Spyres, tenor / Jongmin Park, baritone / Prague Philharmonic Choir / Czech Philharmonic / Jiří Bělohlávek, conductor (DECCA)

Weekly Rotations 004 - November 2019 04 (Chamber)

Dmitri Shostakovich - String Quartet no. 1

Carducci Quartet (SIGNUM CLASSICS)

Gabriel Fauré - String Quartet in E minor

Quatuor Ébène (ERATO)

Giacamo Puccini - Crisantemi

David Quartet (BIS)

Antonin Dvořák - String Quartet no. 8

Volger String Quartet (CPO)

Weekly Rotations 003 - November 2019 03 (Cello)


Robert Schumann - Adagio and Allegro
Andre Navarra, cello / Annie d'Arco, piano (CALLIOPE)

Ernest Bloch - Voice in the Wilderness

Zara Nelsova, cello / London Philharmonic / Ernest Ansermet, conductor (INTENSE MEDIA)

Igor Stravinsky - Chanson Russe

Pierre Fournier, cello / Ernest Lush, piano (DEUTSCHE GRAMMAPHON)

Astor Piazzolla - La Muerte del Angel

Eduardo Vassallo, cello / Cristina Filoso, piano (SOMM)

Gustav Mahler - Symphony no. 5: IV. Adagietto

Northwestern University Cello Ensemble (SONO LUMINUS)

Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco - Cello Concerto

Brinton Averil Smith, cello / Houston Symphony Orchestra / Kazuki Yamada, conductor  (NAXOS)

Weekly Rotations 002 - November 2019 02 (Orchestral)

Russian Masterpieces Premiered in November

Pyotr Tchaikovsky - Marche Slave

Premiered 17 November 1876

Chicago Symphony Orchestra / Fritz Reiner, conductor (RCA VICTOR)

Sergei Rachmaninoff - Piano Concerto no. 2

Premiered 09 November 1901

Stewart Goodyear, piano / Czech National Symphony / Heiko Mathias Förster, conductor (STEINWAY & SONS)

Dmitri Shostakovich - Symphony no. 5

Premiered 21 November 1937

National Symphony Orchestra / Mstislav Rostropovich, conductor (TELDEC)


Weekly Rotations 001 - November 2019 01 (Freeform)


Felix Mendelssohn - Octet in Eb Major, Op. 20
Jascha Heifetz, Israel Baker, Arnold Belnick, Joseph Stepansky: violins / 
William Primrose, Virginia Majewski: violas / Gregor Piatigorsky, Gabor Rejto: cellos (RCA VICTOR)

Philip Sawyers - Elegiac Rhapsody for Trumpet and Orchestra

Simon Desbruslais, trumpet / English String Orchestra / Kenneth Woods, conductor (NIMBUS RECORDINGS)

Franz Schubert - Winterreise, D.911: 6. Wasserflut

Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, baritone / Daniel Barenboim, piano (DEUTSCHE GRAMMAPHON)

Páll Ragnar Pálsson - Afterquake

Saeunn Thorsteinsdottir, cello (SONO LUMINUS)

David Braid - Sonata for Quartet

Peter Cigleris, clarinet / Erato Piano Trio (TOCCATA CLASSICS)

Kurt Weill - Symphony no. 1

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra / Marin Alsop, conductor  (NAXOS)

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