Yin and Yang: The Play of Opposites, Part 1

February 6, 2017, 7:00 pm

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The idea for thistwo-week Exploration came from a listener who suggested we exploremusic of “great calm”, music which seems to gently pick us up and floatus away from this earth. Bill liked the idea very much and immediatelystarted sketching a week of the Romantics, from Berlioz to Mahler.But as he went along, he started to feel a tug in the oppositedirection — what about music that picks up and drives us like a madcoachmen, hurtling us toward conclusion or chaos,music of sound andfury and joy and lots of noise?And so, here we are: ThePlay of Opposites. Think of Frost’s Fire or Ice, or Eliot’s Bang orWhimper.Opposites, it seems,may contain the whole.

Playlist

Episode 1

Grieg: Peer Gynt Suite #1, Op. 46 – Morning Mood
Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra/Karajan
DG 410026
4:04
Prokofiev: Alexander Nevsky, Op. 78 – The Battle On The Ice
London Symphony Orchestra/Abbado
DG 447419
12:04
Igor Stravinsky: The Firebird Suite: The Firebird and her Dance
Round Dance of the Princesses; Infernal Dance of King Kaschei
Berceuse; Finale
Minnesota Orchestra/Eiji Oue
Reference Recordings 70
1:39; 16:18
Beethoven: Symphony #6 In F, Op. 68, “Pastoral”
2. Andante Molto Mosso
Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra/Herbert Von Karajan
DG 314932
10:22
McClintock: Big Rock Candy Mountain
Burl Ives, voice and guitar
Itunes
2:38

Episode 2

Honegger: Pastorale D’été
Orchestra/Honegger
EMI Classics 17575
7:52
Beethoven: Egmont, Op. 84 – Overture
Chicago Symphony Orchestra/Solti
Decca 421673
8:50
Richard Strauss: Death and Transfiguration, Op. 24
Pierre Monteux & Boston Symphony Orchestra
Music & Arts Program of America 1182
23:17
Mahler: Symphony No. 4,
IV. Sehr behaglich
Sylvia McNair, soprano
Berlin Philharmonic/Haitink
Philips 434123
9:30

Episode 3

Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique, Op.14
III. Scene aux champs: IV.Marche au supplice
Songe D’Une Nuit Du Sabbat: Larghetto, Allegro
Dies Irae; Ronde Du Sabbat: Dies Irae Et Ronde Du Sabbat Ensemble
Chicago Symphony Orchestra/Abbado
DG 410895
16:37, 15:52
Berlioz: The Ride to the Abyss, Pandemonium, and Epilogue on Earth
Kenneth Riegel, Jose van Dam, Frederica von Stade
Chicago Symphony Orchestra/Solti
Decca 410181
9:11
Morrison: The End
The Doors
Itunes
00:30
Arvo Part: Spiegel im Spiegel
Daniel Hope & Simon Mulligan
Nimbus 5631
5:32

Episode 4

Wagner: Tristan & Isolde, Love Music
Philadelphia Orchestra/Leopold Stokowski
Odyssey 32368
26:01
Wagner: Tristan & Isolde, Act 1: Prelude
Act 3: Kurwenal! Hor! Ein Zweits Schiff
Act 3: Mild Und Leise Wie Er Lachelt (Isoldes Liebestod.)
Chorus of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden
Philharmonia Orchestra/Furtwangler
Naxos 8.110865
Seraphim 6143
11:01, 9:40,

Episode 5

Von Biber: Battalia For Violin, Strings and Basso Continuo In D Major
1. Battalia; 2. The Profligate Society of Common Humor
3. Allegro; 4. The March; 5. Presto
6. Aria Biber; 7. The Battle; 8. The Lament of the Wounded
Baroque Band
Cedille 166
8:47; 00:47
Schwantner, Joseph: Percussion Concerto
I. Con forza; III. Ritmico con brio
Christopher Lamb, Nashville Symphony/ Giancarlo Guerrero
Naxos 8.559678
5:37; 10:54
Holst, Gustav: A Somerset Rhapsody
Bournemouth Sinfonietta/Norman Del Mar, c
Warner Classics 40471
9:36
Vaughan Williams: The Lark Ascending
Julia Fischer,vn.
Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo, Yakov Kreizberg
London 001553502
14:27