Water Music

April 15, 2013, 7:00 pm

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In the 5th Century BC, water was classified as one of the four essential elements. Over the centuries artists, poets, philosophers and composers have returned again and again to the mysteries of water for inspiration. This week, we’ll focus on Water Music with works by Vaughan Williams, Mahler, Debussy and (of course) Handel.

Playlist

Episode 1

Traditional: “I’m Bound for the Rio Grande”
Robert Shaw Chorale/ Shaw
Sea Shanties
RCA 09026-63528; 2:20

George Frideric Handel: Water Music, Suite No. 1 in F Major
Vienna Concentus Musicus/ Harnoncourt
Water Music
Teldec 4509-93668; 28:07, :24

George Frideric Handel: Water Music, Suite No. 1 in F Major (excerpt)
Philadelphia Orchestra/ Ormandy
The Royal Firework Suite / The Water Music Suite
CBS 6095; ​:43

Maurice Ravel: Ondine
Ashkenazy, piano
Gaspard De la Nuit / Pavane Pour Une Infante Defunte / Valses Nobles Et Sentimentales
London 410255; 6:25

Richard Wagner: Der fliegende Holländer: Overture
CSO/Solti
The Complete Chicago Recordings
London 071201; 11:32

Episode 2

Arnold Bax: Tintagel
Ulster Orch/Thomson
Chan 8312
15:00

Edward Elgar: Sea Pictures (excerpt)
LSO/J. Baker Barbirolli
Cello Concerto / Sea Pictures
EMI 56219; 5:04

Frederick Delius: Summer Night on the River
LPO/Handley
Vaughan Williams & Delius – London Philharmonic / Handley
Chandos 8330; ​7:03

Ralph Vaughan Williams: A Sea Symphony (excerpt)
LPO/Boult
A London Symphony; Fantasia on a Theme
London 425 658; ​19:15

George Frideric Handel: Water Music (excerpt)
Philadelphia Orchestra/ Ormandy
The Royal Firework Suite / The Water Music Suite
CBS 6095; 05:22

Episode 3

Felix Mendelssohn: Hebrides Overture
Royal Scottish National Orch/Gibson
Seascapes
Chandos 6538; 10:10

Frank Bridge: The Sea
Royal Liverpool Orch/Groves
The Sea + Summer, Cherry Ripe, Enter Spring, Lament
EMI 69870; 20:45

Benjamin Britten: Four Sea Interludes
Ulster Orch/Handley
Sea Interludes
Chandos 8473; 15:36

Gustav Mahler: Symphony No. 6 (excerpt)
CSO/Solti
Symphony 6
London 414674

Episode 4

Bedřich Smetana: Vlatava
Czech Phil/Neumann
Smetana
Supraphon 0711; 12:37

Anatol Liadov: The Enchanted Lake
LSO/Jarvi
The Water Planet
Chandos 7047; 9:11

Traditional: “Swansea Town,” “Shenandoah”
Robert Shaw Chorale/Shaw
Sea Shanties
RCA 09026-63528; 7:34

Dominick Argento: “The Lake at Night “
Patrice Michaels
To Be Sung Upon the Water: Cycles by Dominick Argento
Cedille 90000 029; 3:55

Ferde Grofé: Mississippi Suite
New York Philharmonic/ Kostelanetz
Grand Canyon Suite & Mississippi Suites
CBS 37759; 12:29

Simon and Garfunkel: “Bridge over Troubled Water”
Simon and Garfunkel
The Concert in Central Park
Warner Bros 3654; 4:49

Episode 5

George Frideric Handel: Water Music
Concentus Musicus/Harnoncourt
Water Music
Telefunken 42497; 20:07

Claude Debussy: La Mer
ORTF/Martinon
Heroes – Jussi Bjorling
EMI 69587; 24:28

Antônio Carlos Jobim: “Waters of March”
Elis & Tom
Elis & Tom
Philips 6349112; ​3:30

Maurice Ravel: Ondine (excerpt)
Ashkenazy, piano
Gaspard de la nuit; Pavane; Valses nobles et sentimentales
London 410255; ​5:42