Sounds of the City of Lights

February 4, 2013, 7:00 pm

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Paris, the City of Lights, is illuminated by many musical stars. No time was this more true than in the period betweenBerloiz’s birth and Debussy’s death. In this edition of Exploring Music, Bill McGlaughlin discovers what made luminaries such asBizet, Gounod and Alkan shine.

Playlist

Episode 1

Alkan: Scherzo Diabolico, Op. 39 No. 3
Ringeissen, p.
Naxos 8.555495
4:39

Franck: Symphony in d minor, II & III
NY Phil/Masur
Apex 741372
19:46

Alkan: Saltarelle in e minor (excerpt)

Ringeissen, p.
Challenge 72154
2:16

Episode 2

Gounod: Petite Symphonie for Winds, I
St. Paul Chamber Orchestra/Hogwood
Decca 430231
5:33

Lalo: Concerto for Cello and Orchestra in d minor, I
Radio Symphony Orchestra of Berlin/Chailly; Harrell, vc.
Lon 414387
12:53

Episode 3

Fauré: Pelléas Et Mélisande Suite, Op. 80, I-III
Montreal Symphony/Dutoit
Decca 421440
13:49

Fauré: Requiem, Op. 48, IV-VII
Montreal Symphony Orchestra/Dutoit; Te Kanawa, s.;
Milnes, bar.
Decca 421440
18:28

Fauré, trans. Ronchini: Serenade Toscane
Shaham, p.; Eguchi, p.
Vanguard 1239
3:14

Episode 4

Bizet: L’Arlésienne Suite (excerpts)
LSO/Abbado
DG 874602
21:50

Bizet: Carmen Suite #1 & #2 (excerpts)
NY Phil/Bernstein
Sony 63081
12:50

Episode 5

Saint-Saëns: Violin Concerto No. 3 in b minor, Op. 61, II
Orchestre de Paris/Barenboim; Perlman, v.
DG 445549
8:27

Saint-Saëns: “Mon Coeur S’Ouvre A Ta Voix” fr. Samson Et Dalila
Bastille Opera Orchestra & Chorus/Chung; Domingo, ten.; Meier, s.
EMI 54470
6:00