Proud Tower, Part II

February 19, 2013, 7:00 pm

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More music from the Gilded Age to the Great War. Bill picks up his exploration of music from the “banquet years” in the early 1900’s in Russia with music from Rimsky-Korsakov and Rachmaninov. We then travel to Paris to hear Cécile Chaminade and conclude in Austria with Mahler and Lehár. Our journey ends with The Rite of Spring, and as we approach the precipice of war, we hear a piece from George Butterworth, who died in the Battle of the Somme.


Episode 1

Richard Strauss: Ein Heldenleben, Op. 40 (excerpt)
Chicago Symphony Orchestra/Reiner
Richard Strauss: Ein Heldenleben; Don Juan
RCA 5408; 1:03

Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov: Prelude from The Invisible City Of Kitezh
Scottish National Orchestra/Järvi
Overture and Suites from the Operas
Chandos 10369; 4:58

Sergei Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 2 in C Minor, Op. 18, I
Philadelphia Orchestra/Stokowski, Rachmaninov, piano
Rachmaninov, piano (rec. 1929)
Rachmaninoff Plays Rachmaninoff: The 4 Piano Concertos
RCA 61658; 9:27

Jean Sibelius: Violin Concerto in d minor, Op. 47, III
Philadelphia Orchestra/Ormandy; Oistrakh, violin
Violin Concerti /Francescatti, Oistrakh
Sony Classical 47659; 7:25

Cécile Chaminade: Sérénade espagnole Op. 150
Forsberg, piano; Sparf, violin
Mots d’Amour / Von Otter, Forsberg
DG 471-331-2; 1:57

Cécile Chaminade: “Sombrero”
Forsberg, piano; Von Otter, mezzo-soprano
Mots d’Amour / Von Otter, Forsberg
DG 471-331-2; 1:33

Maurice Ravel: Miroirs – IV. Alborada del grazioso
Cooper, piano
Wigmore Hall Live: Beethoven, Mozart, Ravel
Wigmore Hall Live 18; 6:30

Gustav Mahler: “Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen” from Five Rückert Songs
Cleveland Orchestra/Dohnanyi; José Van Dam, bass-baritone
live recording; 7:07

Franz Lehár: “Es Lebt’ Eine Vilja” from The Merry Widow
English Chamber Orchestra/Tate; Fleming, soprano
Renée Fleming – The Beautiful Voice
Decca 4588858; 5:56

Franz Lehár: “Da Geh’ Ich Zu Maxim” from The Merry Widow
Budapest Philharmonic/Viotti; Hampson, baritone
A Tribute To Operetta – A Franz Lehar Gala – Carreras, Et Al
live recording; 2:54

Franz Lehár: Waltz from The Merry Widow (excerpt)
Philharmonia Hungarica/Doráti
Wienerwalzer Paprika
Mercury 434338; 1:19

Episode 2

Richard Strauss: excerpt + Tanz der sieben Schleier from Salome
Deutsches Oper Berlin/Sinopoli
Salome / Sinopoli, Studer, Terfel, Rysanek
DG 431810; :55, 9:27

Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari: Act III Intermezzo from Der Schmuck Der Madonna
Berliner Philharmoniker/Von Karajan
Opera Intermezzi / Herbert Von Karajan, Berlin PO
DG 477-716-3; 3:41

Arnold Schoenberg: String Quartet No. 2 in f-sharp with Soprano, Op. 10 (excerpts)
Schoenberg Quartet; Narucki, soprano
Schoenberg / Schoenberg Quartet
Chandos 9939; :41, :24, 11:15

Victor Herbert: “Ah! My heart is back in Napoli” from Naughty Marietta
Phiharmonia Orch/Hendricks, soprano
Barbara Hendricks – Operetta Arias / Foster, Philharmonia
EMI 54626; 2:50

Scott Joplin: The Ragtime Dance (excerpt)
Rifkin, piano
Teresa Sterne – A Portrait
Nonesuch 79159; 3:18

Charles Ives: Symphony No. 2, I & V
New York Philharmonic Orchestra/Bernstein
Bernstein Century – Ives: Symphonies No 2 & 3 / New York PO
DG 429-220; 6:16, 10:17

Episode 3

Claude Debussy: La Puerta Del Vino from Preludes Book 2
Pludermacher, piano
24 Preludes, Etc / Georges Pludermacher
Transart Live 128; 3:12

Maurice Ravel: Ondine from Gaspard De La Nuit
Argerich, piano
Live From The Concertgebouw
EMI 57101; 5:15

Claude Debussy: Le Matin D’Un Jour De Fete from Images For Orchestra
London Symphony Orchestra/Previn
Images, Nocturnes, Etc / Andre Previn, London SO
EMI 67001; 4:52

Maurice Ravel: Rapsodie Espagnole, III & IV
Montreal Symphony Orchestra/Dutoit
Orchestral Works, Concertos, Etc / Roge, Dutoit
Decca 410010; 9:10

Edward Elgar: Violin Concerto in B Minor, Op. 61, II
Chicago Symphony Orchestra/Zinman; Shaham, violin
Violin Concerto In B Minor Op. 61 / Shaham, Zinman, Chicago SO
Canary Classics 06; 12:09, 3:03 (excerpt)

Igor Stravinsky: The Firebird (excerpts)
New York Philharmonic Orchestra/Bernstein
Leonard Bernstein – The Royal Edition Vol 67 – Stravinsky, Rimsky-Korsakov
Sony 47605; 11:15

Episode 4

Richard Strauss: Overture from Der Rosenkavalier (excerpt)
Staatskapelle Dresden/Haitink
Der Rosenkavalier Highlights
EMI 54259-1; :40

Richard Strauss: Presentation of the Rose from Der Rosenkavalier
Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra/Chailly
Bonney, soprano; Graham, mezzo-soprano
The Radiant Voice Of Barbara Bonney
Decca 468818; 7:20

Richard Strauss: Act III Trio from Der Rosenkavalier
Metropolitan Opera Orchestra/Levine;
Von Otter, mezzo-soprano; Grant Murphy, soprano; Fleming, soprano
James Levine’s 25th Anniversary – Metropolitan Opera Gala
DG 449177; 6:01

Arnold Schoenberg: Klavierstücke, Op. 11, I
Mitsuko Uchida, piano
Piano Concerto • Klavierstücke, Op. 11 & Op. 19 / Sonata, Op. 1 / Variations, Op. 27
Philips 468033; 4:27

Arnold Schoenberg: 5 Pieces For Orchestra, Op. 16, III
Cleveland Orchestra/Dohnányi
Symphony No 6; Schoenberg, Webern / Dohnanyi
Decca 436240; 3:00

Arnold Schoenberg: “The Moonspot” from Pierrot Lunaire, Op. 21
Philharmonia Orchestra/Craft
Pierrot Lunaire / Chamber Symphony No. 1 / 4 Orchestral Songs (Schoenberg, Vol. 6)
Naxos 8.557523; 0:53

Gustav Mahler: Symphonie Nr. 10 in F-sharp, V (excerpt)
Philadelphia Orchestra/Ormandy
Symphony No 10 / Ormandy, Philadelphia Orchestra
Sony 67874; 10:57

Igor Stravinsky: Pétrouchka (excerpts)
London Symphony Orchestra/Nagano
Petrushka; Bartók: Miraculous Mandarin / Nagano
Erato 23142; 14:20, 1:00

Episode 5

Alban Berg: “Die Nachtigall” from 7 Frühe Lieder
Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra/Chailly; Bonney, soprano
The Radiant Voice Of Barbara Bonney
Decca 468 818; 2:12

Maurice Ravel: Daphnis & Chloe Suite No. 2
Cleveland Orchestra/Dohnányi
La Valse, Boléro, Etc / Dohnányi, Cleveland Orchestra
Teldec 44945; 16:23

Igor Stravinsky: The Rite Of Spring, Part II
Chicago Symphony Orchestra/Solti
Bolero; Debussy: L’apres-midi; Stravinsky / Solti
London 417 704; 17:25

Gustav Holst: Mars from The Planets Op. 32/H 125
Berlin Philharmonic/Rattle
The Planets/ Rattle, Berliner Philharmoniker
EMI 69690; 3:07 (excerpt)

George Butterworth: A Shropshire Lad – Rhapsody For Orchestra
Hallé Orchestra/Elder
English Rhapsody
Hallé Concert Society 7503; 11:42