Proud Tower, Part I

February 18, 2013, 7:00 pm

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Bill gains his inspiration for these two weeks of Exploring Music from Barbara Tuchman’s book The Proud Tower: A Portrait of the World Before the War, 1890-1914. This was a gilded age for music that brought us boldly into the 20th century. We will listen to music from many composers and their countries—Elgar from Britain, Schoenberg from Austria, and Bill closes this first week with French composer Claude Debussy’s La Mer.


Episode 1

Gustav Mahler: Symphony No. 6 (excerpt)
Mahler: The Symphonies / Solti, Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Decca 430804; 1:11

Antonín Dvorák: Largo from Symphony No. 9 (excerpts)
Cleveland Orchestra/Szell
Three Great Symphonies
Sony MH2K 63151; 1:00, 1:28

Richard Wagner: Finale: Immolation Of The Gods from Götterdämmerung
Wiener Philharmoniker/Solti
Der Ring Des Nibelungen – Excerpts
Decca 410 137-2; 4:33

Johann Strauss Jr.: Geschichten Aus Dem Wienerwald, Op. 325 (excerpt)
Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra/Karajan
Radetzky Marsch
DG 410 027-2; 1:30

Johannes Brahms: Clarinet Quintet in B Minor, Op. 115- Allegro
Emerson String Quartet; Shifrin, clarinet
Mozart, Brahms: Clarinet Quintets / Shifrin, Emerson Quartet
DG 459 641-2; 10:08

Anton Bruckner: Symphony No. 8 In C Minor, WAB 108, I
Bruckner: Symphony No 8 In C Minor / Tennstedt, Nolan, London Philharmonic
EMI 764849; 14:19

Giuseppe Verdi: Falstaff, Act I Scene I
Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra/Abbado
Bryn Terfel (Falstaff), Enrico Facini (Dr. Caius), Anatoly Kotscherga (Pistol), Anthony Mee (Bardolf)
Verdi: Falstaff / Abbado, Terfel, Pieczonka, Berlin Po, Etc
DG 471 194-2; 4:59

Episode 2

Johannes Brahms: Intermezzo in b minor, Op. 119 (excerpt)
Goode, piano
Brahms: Piano Pieces Opp 76 & 119, Etc / Richard Goode
Nonesuch 79154; 1:02

Antonín Dvorák: Symphony No. 9: II. Largo
Cleveland Orchestra/Szell
Three Great Symphonies
Sony 63151; 12:10

Pyotr Tchaikovsky: Sym. No. 6 h-moll, Op. 74, Pathétique, IV
New York Phil/Bernstein
Tchaikovsky: Symphonies (Complete)
Sony 47635; 11:46

Claude Debussy: Prélude À L’Après-Midi D’Un Faune, L 86
Cleveland Orchestra/Boulez
Debussy: Images, Etc / Boulez, Cleveland Orchestra
DG 435 766-2; 8:55

Richard Strauss: Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche, Op. 28
R. Strauss: Also Sprach Zarathustra, Don Juan, Etc / Solti
London 414043-2; 15:08

Episode 3

Richard Strauss: Also Sprach Zarathustra, Op. 30: Einleitung (excerpt)
Also Sprach Zarathustra / Don Juan / Till Eulenspiegel
London 440618; 1:55

Richard Strauss: Ein Heldenleben, Op. 40 (excerpt)
Chicago Symphony Orchestra/Reiner
Ein Heldenleben
RCA RCD1-5408; 7:15

Sandra Boynton: “Moo, Moo, Moo, Quack, Quack” (excerpt)
from the CD/book The Dog Train
Dog Train
ISBN-13: 9780761139669; :40

Gustav Mahler: Des Knaben Wunderhorn: “Lob des hohen Verstandes”
Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra/Bernstein; Schmidt, baritone
Mahler – Vol. 1
DG 459 081-2; 2:34

Gustav Mahler: “Wo die schönen Trompeten blasen”
Morris, piano; Baker, mezzo-soprano
Des Knaben Wunderhorn (The Young Magic Horn)
Nimbus 5084; 6:09

Maurice Ravel: Habanera from Sites Auriculaires
Laredo, piano; Rouvier, piano
Ravel: Bolero; Pieces for 2 Pianos Import
Denon 33C37-7907; 2:45

Ernest Chausson: Poème, Op. 25
Orchestre de Paris/Martinon; Perlman, violin
Saint Saens: Introduction & Rondo Capriccioso. Havanaise Etc.
EMI 47725; 16:31

Paul Dukas: The Sorcerer’s Apprentice
Philadelphia Orchestra/Ormandy
The Fantastic Philadelphians
RCA 09026-63313-2; 10:39

Episode 4

Jean Sibelius: Symphony No. 1 in e minor, Op. 39, I
Boston Symphony Orchestra/Davis
Sibelius: The Complete Symphonies Vol. 1 / Davis, Boston Symphony Orchestra
Philips 416 600-2; 11:23

Giacomo Puccini: “Musetta’s Waltz” from La Bohème, Act II
New Philharmonia Orchestra/Downes; Price, soprano
Amore – Opera’s Greatest Romances / Price, Domingo, Et Al
RCA 59420; 2:37

Giacomo Puccini: “O Soave Fanciulla” from La Bohème
London Philharmonic Orchestra/Solti;
Caballe, soprano; Domingo, tenor
La Bohème
RCA 63299; 3:59

Sergei Rachmaninoff: Moment Musicaux No. 2 & No. 4
Hobson, piano
Rachmaninoff: Early Piano Works
Arabesque Z6685; 3:37, 2:55

Amy Beach: Symphony in E minor, Op. 32, Gaelic, I
Detroit Symphony/Järvi
Samuel Barber, Amy Beach; Detroit Symphony Orchestra Neeme Jarvi
Chandos 8958; 11:11

Charles Ives: “The Circus Band”
San Francisco Symphony/Tilson Thomas
Ives – An American Journey / Tilson Thomas, San Francisco So
RCA 63703; 3:02

Juventino Rosas: Sobre las Olas (Over the Waves)
London Symphony Orchestra/Gibson
Dance Classics
Main Street 6605; 7:01

Antonín Dvorák: Rusalka, Op. 114- “Song To The Moon”
LSO/Solti; Fleming, soprano
Renée Fleming – Signatures / Solti, London Symphony
London 455 760-2; 6:47

Episode 5

John Philip Sousa: The Liberty Bell March (excerpt)
Eastman Wind Ensemble/Fennell
Fennell Conducts Sousa
Mercury 434300; 3:26

Victor Herbert: March Of The Toys from Babes in Toyland
St. Louis Symphony/Slatkin
The American Album
RCA 60778; 3:45

Edward Elgar: Cockaigne Overture, Op. 40, “In London Town”
Elgar: Complete Symphonies, Etc / André Previn
Philips 454250; 14:48

Arnold Schoenberg: Verklarte Nacht (excerpt)
Nash Ensemble
Shostakovich Schoenberg
Virgin Classics 93478; 2:22

Arnold Schoenberg: Gürre-Lieder – Orchestervorspiel (excerpt)
Berlin Philharmonic/Rattle
EMI 57303; 6:56

Alexander Zemlinsky: Die Seejungfrau, III
Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra/Chailly
Entartete Musik – Zemlinsky: Die Seejungfrau, Etc / Chailly
Decca 444969; 12:40

Claude Debussy: La Mer, I + III (excerpt)
Lucerne Festival Orchestra/Abbado
Debussy: La Mer & Mahler: Symphony No. 2
DG 4775082; 8:34