Musical Landscapes

June 19, 2017, 7:00 pm

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This week Exploring Music paints landscapes with music. We start in an outdoor café, listening to Placido Domingo sing Augustin Lara’s song about the Andalusian city Granada. Then our tour walks through the gardens with Manuel De Falla and rides the sea’s waves with Debussy. We’ll climb the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains to listen to Pepe Ramero play Francisco Tárrega’s Recuerdos De La Alhambra. And this is all just in the first hour! Landscapes are a wonderfully rich subject in music which we will return to many times, so just slow down and take in the sights and sounds of our musical travels.


Episode 1

Agustín Lara: Granada
London Symphony Orchestra/Marcel Peeters, conductor
Plácido Domingo, tenor
The Greatest Hits of Placido Domingo
DG 445 777

Manuel De Falla: Noches En Los Jardines De España
II. Danza Lejana

Orchestre De Paris/Daniel Barenboim
Martha Argerich, piano
Erato CD 88255

Enrique Granados: 12 Danzas Españolas, Op. 37
7. Valenciana; 8. Asturiana
Alicia De Larrocha, piano
EMI 64529-2

TOMÁS BRETÓN: En la Alhambra
City Of Granada Orchestra/Juan de Udaeta
Alhambrismo Sinfónico Almaviva
En La Alhambra

Federico Mompou: Paisajes
2. El Lago
Leif Ove Andsnes, piano
EMI 0946 3 41682 2

Maurice Ravel: Rapsodie Espagnole
4. Fería

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/André Previn
Rapsodie Espagnole
EMI 63887-2

Francisco Tárrega: Recuerdos De La Alhambra
Pepe Romero, guitar
Tárrega: Recuerdos De La Alhambra & Albéniz: Asturias, Jeux Interdit
Philips 411 033-2
4:19 excerpt

Episode 2

Ralph Vaughan Williams: Norfolk Rhapsody #1
New Philharmonia Orchestra/Boult
RVW Collector’s Edition (Box Set)
EMI 06636

Ralph Vaughan Williams: On Wenlock Edge
4. “Oh, when I was in love with you” 
5. “Bredon Hill” 
The Music Group Of London/Ian Partridge, tenor
RVW Collector’s Edition
EMI 06636

Dylan Thomas: “ Fern Hill”
Dylan Thomas Reading
Caedmon TC 1281
Dylan Thomas Reading A Child’s Christmas in Wales and Five Poems

Frederick Delius: On Hearing The First Cuckoo In Spring
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/Thomas Beecham
Delius: Orchestral Works, Vol. 1
EMI 47509

Percy Grainger: Lincolnshire Posy: I. “Lisbon” (Sailor’s Song)
IV. “The Brisk Young Sailor” 
The Central Band of the Royal Air Force/Wing Commander Eric Banks
British Music for Concert Band
EMI CDC7-49608-2

George Butterworth: Six Songs from A Shropshire Lad
“Loveliest of Trees”

Benjamin Luxon, baritone; David Willison, piano
Songs / Benjamin Luxo; David Willison
Chandos 8831

Vaughan Williams, Ralph: The Lark Ascending
Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo/Yakov Kreizberg
Julia Fischer, violin
RVW Collector’s Edition (Box Set)
EMI 06636

Episode 3

Debussy: L’Isle Joyeuse, L 106
Zoltán Kocsis, piano
Debussy: Images, 2 Arabesques, L’isle joyeuse, Berceuse Heroique
Philips 422404-2

Felix Mendelssohn: The Hebrides, Op.26 (Fingal’s Cave)
Israel Philharmonic Orchestra/Leonard Bernstein

Edward Elgar: Sea Pictures Op.37,
I. Sea Slumber Song

II. In Haven
BBC Symphony Orchestra/Barbirolli
Janet Baker, mezzo soprano
Sea Pictures The Music Makers
EMI 56219

Maurice Ravel: Une Barque Sur L’Océan
Philadelphia Orchestra/Riccardo Muti
EMI 55120

Frank Bridge: Sea Pieces
2: Sea Foam
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra/Groves
British Composers
EMI Classic 66855

Claude Debussy: La Mer
II. La Mer: Jeux de vagues
III. Dialogue du vent et de la mer
Boston Symphony Orchestra/Charles Münch
RCA 61500-2

Episode 4

Richard Strauss: Eine Alpensinfonie, Op. 64
Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra/André Previn
Eine Alpensinfonie
Telarc 80211
25:15 (first half of Symphony) (00:44, 1:00 excerpt)

Carl Ruggles: Men and Mountains
II. Lilacs

Cleveland Orchestra/Christoph Von Dohnányi
Ives: Three Places in New England; Ruggles:Men and Mountains
London 443 776

Alan Hovhaness: Symphony #2, Op. 132, Mysterious Mountain
1. Andante; 2. Moderato Maestoso; 3. Allegro Vivo: 4. Andante Espressivo
Chicago Symphony Orchestra/Fritz Reiner
Hovhaness Mysterious Mountains
RCA 61957

Episode 5

Robert Ward: Appalachian Dances and Ditties: Cloggin’
Sarah Johnson, violin
Fiddler’s Galaxy
Albany Records
00:36 (excerpt)

Aaron Copland: Billy The Kid
1. Introduction: The Open Prairie
2. Street In A Frontier Town
3. Mexican Dance And Finale
4. Prairie Night (excerpt :29)
New York Philharmonic Orchestra/Leonard Bernstein
Sony 63082

FERDE GROFÉ: Mississippi Suite
I. Father of the Waters

New York Philharmonic/André Kostelanetz
Grofe: Grand Canyon & Mississippi Suites
CBS great performances 37759

FERDE GROFÉ: Grand Canyon Suite:
III. On the Trail

New York Philharmonic/Leonard Bernstein
The Royal Edition Vol 27
Sony 47544

Charles Ives: Three Places in New England
I. The ‘St. Gaudens’ In Boston Common
Cleveland Orchestra/Christoph Von Dohnányi
London 443 776

Stephen Foster: The Old Pine Tree
Paula Robison, flute, Samuel Sanders, piano
By the old Pine Tree
Pergola 1034

Cary John Franklin: Cauldrons
Kansas City Symphony/William McGlaughlin
American Voices
Private 1994

Tobias Picker: Old & Lost Rivers
London Symphony Orchestra/John Williams
The Five Sacred Trees
Sony 62729

Traditional: Shenandoah 
Paul Robeson, baritone
Ol’ Man River & Other Favourites 1936
EMI 47839