Spring is Here

April 19, 2013, 7:00 pm

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Spring is in the air as we celebrate the emergence of flowers and sunshine from beneath the melting winter ice. We will hear Spring from Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, Beethoven’s Spring Sonata, Strauss- and this time of year can’t be complete without a little rain, so from Chopin, Prelude in D flat, Op. 28 No. 15, commonly known as “The Raindrop”.


Episode 1

Antonio Vivaldi: Spring from The Four Seasons
Orpheus Chamber Ensemble; Shaham, violin
The 4 Seasons
DG 439933; 9:40

Alexander Glazunov: Spring from The Seasons
Philharmonia Orchestra/ Svetlanov
The Seasons (Complete Ballet)
EMI 69361; 5:27

Joseph Haydn: Der Fruhling from Die Jahreszeiten
English Baroque Soloists, Monteverdi Choir/ Gardiner; Bonney, soprano, Rolfe Johnson, tenor, Schmidt, bass-baritone
The Seasons
Arch 431818; 29:07

Pyotr Tchaikovsky: June from Seasons
Pletnev, piano
Pictures At An Exhibition • The Sleeping Beauty, The Seasons, 6 Piano Pieces
Virgin 45402; ​4:35

Episode 2

Ottorino Respighi: La Primavera from Botticelli Triptych
St. Paul Chamber Orchestra/Wolff
Ancient Airs & Dances
Teldec 91729; 5:39

Frederick Delius: On Hearing the First Cuckoo of Spring
Halle Orchestra/ Barbirolli
Orchestral Works
EMI 65119; 7:21

Johann Sebastian Bach: “Wenn die Fruhlings lufte streichen,” Cantata BWV 202 No. 5
Orchestra of St. Luke’s/ Nelson; Perlman, violin; Battle, soprano
The Bach Album / Battle, Perlman, Orchestra Of St. Luke’s
DG 429737-2; 2:37

Johann Strauss II: Voices of Spring
Vienna Phil/ Karajan; Battle, soprano
New Year’s Concert in Vienna
DG 419616; 8:25

Enrique Granados: Spring, Romance without Words
Riva, piano
The Unknown Granados
Centaur 2043; 1:42

Gustav Mahler: Symphony No. 1 (excerpts)
New York Phil/Masur; Hagegård, baritone
Symphony 1 / Songs of a Wayfarer
Teldec 74868; 19:24, :49

Ástor Piazzolla: Primavera Porteña
Trio Fundacion Astor Piazzolla
Trio Fundacion/ Astor Piazzolla
Times Square 9014; 6:05

Episode 3

Chopin Arranged by Liszt: Chants Polonais – No. 2 “Das Ringlein”
Liszt: Shehori, piano
Mordecai Shehori Plays Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin, Liszt
Connoiseur 4189; ​3:07

Ludwig van Beethoven: Violin Sonata No. 5 in F, Spring Sonata
Perlman, violin; Ashkenazy, piano
Violin Sonatas Kreutzer – Spring
London 410554; 24:18, 4:49

Frank Bridge: Enter Spring
BBC National Orchestra of Wales/Hickox
Frank Bridge/ Isabella/ Enter Spring/ Mid of the Night/ Two Poems for Orchestra
Chandos 9950; 18:31

Felix Mendelssohn: Fruhlingslied
Schiff, piano
Songs Without Words
London 421119; 2:45

Episode 4

Claude Debussy: Printemps
Orchestre National de L’O.R.T.F /Martinon
Complete Orchestral Works II
EMI 69588; 15:55

Benjamin Britten: Spring Symphony (excerpts)
Benjamin Britten – Spring Symphony
EMI 47667; 6:04

Edvard Grieg: Last Spring
Academy of St. Martin in the Fields/ Marriner
Adagio I – A Special Collection Of Orchestral Classics
Celestial Harmonies 18.45013; ​5:28

Rodgers & Hart: “Spring is Here”
Nelson Riddle & His Orchestra; Sinatra
Frank Sinatra Sings For Only The Lonely
Capital CDP 7484712; ​4:45

Robert Schumann: Dichterliebe (excerpts)
Allen, baritone; Vignoles, piano
Thomas Allen – Schumann – Dichterliebe Op. 48
Virgin 90787; 4:53

Robert Schumann: Symphony No. 1 Spring, I.
Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra/ Marriner
Schumann: Symphonies Nos. 1-4
Capriccio C5 1006; 11:26

Episode 5

Claude Debussy: Rondes du Printemps from Images
Bolero / La Valse / Rapsodie Espagnole / Images
RCA 09026-61956; ​7:16

Ned Rorem: Spring Music (excerpts)
Beaux Arts Trio
Spring Music / Beaux Arts Trio
Philips 438866; ​10:09, :36

Carl Goldmark: Im Frühling
Boston Pops/ Fiedler
The Four Seasons
DG 469376; 9:31

Igor Stravinsky: Le Sacre du Printemps, Part I
Le Sacre Du Printemps, Petrouchka
RCA 61898; ​14:56

Frédéric Chopin: Prelude in D-flat, Op. 28 No. 15 Raindrop
Pires, piano
Le Sacre Du Printemps, Petrouchka
RCA 61898; ​5:55

Christian Sinding: Rustle of Spring
Christian Sinding
Frühlingsrauschen Rustle of Spring for Orchestra, Op. 32, No. 3
EMG Classical; ​2:21