Ports of Call, Part I

July 25, 2016, 7:00 pm

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Many years ago, Gustav Mahler and another composer were traveling by train across the Alps when Gustav turned to his friend and said, “ Don’t bother looking at the view; I have already composed it.”

Music from around the globe varies as much as languages do, and manyofus can identify the country where a composition was written before we can name the composer who wrote it. You can’t separate the composer from his background. For the next two weeks Exploring Music will present sounds from composers’ backyards and hear their journaling voyages to distant lands: from the birdcallsin the Amazon jungle expressed by Brazilian composers, to the distant bells ringing as a composer approaches a safe harbor. Listen, for example, to Italian composer Ottorino Respighi’s famous PinesofRome, and then travel with him to Sao Paulo, Brazil, where he wrote Brazilian Impressions, an orchestral suite with strange and beautiful sounds.


Episode 1

Vaughan Williams: Songs Of Travel, ”The Vagabond”
Bryn Terfel, b. Malcolm Martineau, pn
DG 4778429

Jacques Ibert: Escales (Ports of Call)
I.Rome-Palermo: Calme, ll.Tunis-Nefta: Modéré très rythmé
III. Valencia: Animé

Boston Symphony Orchestra/Charles Münch, c.
RCA 61500

Heitor Villa-Lobos:Symphony No. 6 “On the Outline of the Mountains of Brazil”
I. Allegro non troppo; III. Allegretto quasi animato; IV. Allegro

Sao Paulo Symphony Orchestra/ Karabtchevsky, c.
Naxos 8.573043

Edward Elgar: In Smyrna
David Golub, pn.
Arabesque Z6706

Claude Debussy: L’Isle Joyeuse, L 106
Zoltán Kocsis, pn
Philips 422404

Episode 2

Samuel Akpabot: 3 Nigerian Dances:
I. Allegro Moderato; II. Andante Cantabile; III. Allegretto

Nat’l Symphony Orchestra Of The South African Broadcasting Corp./ Cock
Marco Polo 8.223832
2:44; 5:43

Tan Dun: Through The Bamboo Forest
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

Tan Dun & Yo-Yo Ma
Sony 93927

Felix Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 4 in A major, Op. 90 “Italian”
II. Andante con moto
VI. Saltarello: Presto

Marlboro Festival Orchestra;Pablo Casals
Sony 46251

Joseph Canteloube: Chants D’Auvergne
1. La Pastoura Als Camps; 2. Pastourelle
3. Lo Fiolairé (excerpt); 4. Baïlèro

English Chamber Orchestra/Jeffrey Tate, c.
Kiri Te Kanawa, s.
London 002013002
12:53; 2:46

William Walton: Touch Her Soft Lips And Part
The New Zealand Symphony Orchestra/ William Walton, c.
Bridge Records 9133

Walton Henry V: Agincourt Song
London Philharmonic Orchestra/Carl Davis:
EMI 47944

Episode 3

Bizet: L’Arlésienne Suite
I. Prelude; II.Pastorale; III. Carillon

London Symphony Orchestra , Claudio Abbado, c.
DG 4776350

Gioacchino Rossini: L’Italiana in Algeri: Overture
Chamber Orchestra of Europe & Claudio Abbado
DG 431653

Camille Saint-Saëns: Africa- Fantasy For Piano And Orchestra
Geoffrey Simon: London Philharmonic Orchestra
Cala 4031

Camille Saint-Saëns: Samson and Delilah
Act 2: Sc. 3, Mon Coeur S’Ouvre À Ta Voix
Act 3: Sc. 2, Danse Bacchanale

London Symphony Orchestra & Chorus, Colin Davis, c.
José Cura,t. Olga Borodina, s.
Warner 000302309

Episode 4

Vincent D’Indy: Symphony on a French Mountain Air, Op. 25,
I. Assez lent-moderement anime-allegro; II. Assez Modéré, Mais Sans Lenteur (excerpt); III. Animé (excerpt)

Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France/Marek Janowski, c.
Catherine Collard, piano
Apex 749809
10:20, 1:02, 2:31

Frederick Delius: The Song Of A Great City
London Philharmonic Orchestra/Sir Thomas Beecham
Naxos 8.110904

Wild Bill Davis: ‘Azure-Te’
Karrin Allyson

Edgar “Yip” Harburg & Vernon Duke: April In Paris (1956 Version)
Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong

Edgar “Yip” Harburg & Vernon Duke: April in Paris
Count Basie and His Orchestra

Episode 5

Hector Berlioz: Roman Carnival Overture, Op. 9
Charles Münch & Boston Symphony Orchestra
RCA 708280

Franz Liszt: ll. Aux Cyprès De La Villa d’Este
Müza Rubackyté, piano
Doron Music 0675754037574

Franz Liszt: Années de Pèlerinage (Troisième Année: Rome)
Les Jeux D’eau a La Villa D’Este
Andre Watts
EMI 64599

Ottorino Respighi:Fontane di Roma – II The Triton Fountain At Morning
Riccardo Muti: Philadelphia Orchestra
Warner 45316

Ottorino Respighi:Pini di Roma
I. Pini di Villa Borghese; II.Pini presso una catacomba
III. Pini del Gianicolo; IV Pini Della Via Appia

Philadelphia Orchestra/ Riccardo Muti
Warner 45316