February 12, 2013, 7:00 pm

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William Shakespeare (1564-1616) understood the value of rhythm, meter, and harmonies in music as well as playwriting and poetry. The Bard of Avon inspired profound music by Felix Mendelssohn and Giuseppe Verdi programmed by Bill in this week’s musical adaptations of Shakespeare from the stage to the screen, including Dvorak and Verdi’s versions of Othello as well as English composers Ralph Vaughan Williams, William Walton’s Henry V, Henry Purcell’s Fairy Queen, and completing the week with versions of Romeo and Juliet by Bernstein, Tchaikovsky, and Prokofiev.


Episode 1

Mendelssohn: Overture & excerpts from “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”
Berlin Phil/Abbado; Branagh, nar.
Sony 62826
11:40, 14:43, 22:20

Episode 2

Dvorák: Othello (excerpt)
Czech Phil/Pesek
Virgin 61853

Verdi: Othello (excerpts)
National Phil/Levine; P. Domingo, ten.
RCA 39501
6:32, 9:44, 4:46, 5:48

Verdi: Falstaff (excerpts)
Vienna Phil/Bernstein; D. Fischer-Dieskau, ten.
Sony 64070
4:07, 1:18, :25

Episode 3

Walton: Henry V (excerpts fr. film suite)
Philharmonia Orchestra/Walton; Olivier, nar.
EMI 65007
3:36, 13:18

Purcell: The Fairy Queen (excerpt)

Handel: “E Pur Cosi… Piangero” fr. Julius Caesar
London Phil/Welser-Most; Amanda Roocroft, s.
EMI 555090

Vaughan Williams: “Full Fathom Five”, “The Cloud-Capped Towers” and “Over Hill, Over Dale”
Cambridge Singers/Rutter
Collegium 505
3:16, 2:22, :58

Finzi: “Who is Sylvia?”, “Fear No More the Heat o’ the Sun” and “It was a Lover and his Lass” from Let us Garlands Bring
Bournemouth Symphony Orch/Handley; M. George, bar.
Conifer 51285
1:34, 5:02, 2:34

Beach: “O Mistress Mine” & “Take, O Take Those Lips Away”
Emma Kirkby, s; James Lisney, p.
BIS 1245
2:27, 1:32

Episode 4

Gounod: Queen Mab scene from Romeo and Juliet
Toulouse Capitole Orchestra/Plasson
EMI 40700

Berlioz: Romeo and Juliet (excerpts)
Orchestre Revolutionnaire et Romantique & Monteverdi Choir/Gardiner; Fouchcourt, ten.
Phil 454454
1:29, 7:17, 14:53

Bernstein: Symphonic Dances from West Side Story
NY Phil/Bernstein
Sony 63085

Episode 5

Tchaikovsky: Romeo and Juliet Overture
New York Phil/Bernstein
DG 429234

Prokofiev: Romeo and Juliet (excerpts)
Leningrad Kirov Orchestra/Gergiev
Phil 432819
19:35, 5:33, 3:04