Invitation to the Dance, Part II

April 28, 2013, 7:00 pm

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Five hours of music composed for the stage, opera, and ballet — or music composed for dramatic representations. We start with Jean-Baptiste Lully, an Italian-born French composer, instrumentalist, and as Bill says, “the most ‘dancingist’ composer who ever lived. ” We’ll also focus on ballet music by Tchaikovsky, Stravinsky, Schubert and even Beethoven! On Wednesday’s program we will dance to Bartok’s Miraculous Mandarin suite and The Wooden Prince, Tchaikovsky’s Sleeping Beauty, and a charming suite of dances from Manuel de Falla’s Three-Cornered Hat.


Episode 1

Jean-Baptiste Lully: Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme, LWV 43 (excerpts)
Le Concert des Nations/Savall
Alia Vox 9807; 1:47, 17:17

Jean-Philippe Rameau: Castor et Pollux (excerpts)
Orchestra of the 18th Century/Brüggen
Philips 426714; 12:55

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Idomeneo (excerpts)
Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra/Gonnenwein
Disc 920275; 16:34

Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 3, finale (excerpt)
Decca 000971902; 4:43

Episode 2

Ludwig van Beethoven: The Creatures of Prometheus (excerpts)
Orpheus Chamber Orchestra
DG 419608; 15:59

Franz Schubert: Rosamunde (excerpts)
Chamber Orchestra of Europe/Abbado
DG 431655; 15:29

Richard Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier: Waltzes
Scottish National Orchestra/Järvi
Chandos 8758; 20:24

Episode 3

Béla Bartók: The Wooden Prince (excerpts)
Merc 434357; 16:43

Manuel de Falla: Three Dances from The Three-Cornered Hat
LSO/Frühbeck de Burgos
Imp Classics 924; 12:18

Béla Bartók: The Miraculous Mandarin Suite
London 430352-2; 18:13

Pyotr Tchaikovsky: Sleeping Beauty (excerpt)
Vienna Phil/Karajan
Decca 289466379; 3:50

Episode 4

Pyotr Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake (excerpts)
Philadelphia Orchestra/Ormandy
CBS 42252; 15:12, 8:26

Igor Stravinsky: Divertimento from Le Baiser de la Fée
London Sinfonietta/Chailly
London 417114; 23:36

Episode 5

Igor Stravinsky: Jeu de Cartes (excerpt)
London 443775; 5:30

Paul Hindemith: Theme and Variations for Piano & Strings: The Four Temperaments (excerpts)
BBC Phil/Tortelier; Shelley, piano
Chandos 9124; 17:21

Samuel Barber: Medea’s Meditation and Dance of Vengeance
St. Louis Symphony/Slatkin
EMI 49463; 13:01

Aaron Copland: Rodeo (excerpts)
New York Phil/Bernstein
CBS 36727; 14:13

Gian Carlo Menotti: Sebastian (excerpt)