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Columbus Symphony Broadcast Concert Sunday, April 12

Rossen Milanov conducts the Columbus Symphony.
Marco Borggreve
Columbus Symphony Orchestra
Rossen Milanov conducts the Columbus Symphony.

Columbus Symphony broadcasts will continue through the end of April as originally planned.

While sadly spring 2020 concerts will not take place, this is an opportunity to enjoy some favorite CSO broadcasts from recent years. Conductor Rossen Milanov has chosen three performances to share with us.

This is "Rossen's Choice" for the Columbus Symphony broadcast on Sunday, April 12 on Classical 101.

From September 2017:

  • Respighi: Pines of Rome
  • R. Strauss: An Alpine Symphony

This was opening night of the 2017-2018 season in the Ohio Theater. I especially enjoy our Columbus Symphony when it presents large scale, dramatic works…program pieces, music about something, music with nouns. It brings out the best of our stage filled with musical storytellers.

Ottorino Respighi was born in Bologna in 1879 and died in Rome in 1936. Although he did write operas, it’s his tone poems for orchestra that guarantee Respighi’s fame today.  Especially his Roman Triptych: The Fountains of Rome, Roman Festivals and The Pines of Rome.

There are four sections to this musical travelogue on the program: "The Pines of the Villa Borghese," "The Pines Near a Catacomb," "The Pines of the Janiculum," and "The Pines of the Appian Way."

Respighi’s mentor, Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, helped perfect Respighi’s gift for orchestral color.

Strauss’s Alpine Symphony is one of the largest and most complex works in the orchestral repertoire. This is a musical mountain-climbing expedition, from dawn to dusk.

An Alpine Symphony was written in 1915. It was Strauss’s last full-scaled symphonic work. Since 1900, the composer of the tone poems Also sprach ZarathustraDeath and Transfiguration and Don Juan had been occupied with opera: Salome, Elektra, and Der Rosenkavalier. These operas solidified his international fame. But An Alpine Symphony brought Strauss back to his preferred instrument: a 125-piece orchestra.

Here’s a video introducing Rossen Milanov to Columbus in 2015. 


Join us Sunday, April 12 at 1 pm for the Columbus Symphony in concert "Rossen's Choice," music by Ottorino Respighi and Richard Strauss on Classical 101.

Still to come on April 19: “Joanna plays Beethoven.”

Christopher Purdy is Classical 101's early morning host, 7-10 a.m. weekdays. He is host and producer of Front Row Center – Classical 101’s weekly celebration of Opera and more – as well as Music in Mid-Ohio, Concerts at Ohio State, and the Columbus Symphony broadcast series. He is the regular pre-concert speaker for Columbus Symphony performances in the Ohio Theater.