Arias & Barcarolles

June 12, 2018, 7:00 pm

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Taking a cue from President Eisenhower’s famous remark to Leonard Bernstein, “… I like music with a theme, not all them arias and barcarolles.” This week is a sampling of arias, overtures, barcarolles, and other melodic delights that deserve more time on the airwaves. Bill will spin tunes like Lawrence Welk’s “Bubbles in the Wine” and Fred Waring and his Pennsylvanians performing Jerome Kern’s “Smoke Gets in Your Eyes.” This is a week to just sit back and enjoy.


Episode 1

Lawrence Welk: “Bubbles In the Wine” (excerpt)
Lawrence Welk
The Best of Lawrence Welk
Prestige Elite; 2:55

Felix Mendelssohn: Songs Without Words, Op. 62 No. 5
Daniel Barenboim, piano
Mendelssohn: Songs Without Words
DG 423931; 2:50

Jacques Offenbach: Les Contes d’Hoffman
Barcarolle, “Belle nuit”

New Philharmonia Orchestra/Anton Guadagno
Montserrat Caballé, soprano; Shirley Verrett, mezzo-soprano
Montserrat Caballe, Shirley Verrett – Great Operatic Duets
RCA 60818; 4:01

Leonard Bernstein, arr. Bright Sheng: Arias & Barcarolles; Prelude & Love Duet 
Seattle Symphony Orchestra/Gerard Schwarz
Jane Bunnell, mezzo-soprano; Dale Duesing, baritone
Bernstein: Arias & Barcarolles; Barber: School for Scandal Overture; Gershwin: American in Paris
Delos 3078; 5:42

Glenn Miller & Mitchell Parish: “Moonlight Serenade”
Glenn Miller Orchestra
The Essential Glenn Miller
Bluebird 69241; 3:25

Giuseppe Verdi: La Traviata; “Libiamo Ne’ Lieti Calici” 
Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra/Carlo Rizzi; Rolando Villazón, tenor
Verdi: La Traviata
DG B0005629; 3:06

Giuseppe Verdi: La Traviata
“E Strano, Ah Fors’ E Lui, Sempre Libera” 

Orchestra Of St. Luke’s/Patrick Summers
Renée Fleming, soprano; Joseph Calleja, tenor
By Request / Renée Fleming
London B0001024; 9:59

Teresa Carreño: Venise- Réverie-Barcarolle, Op. 33
Clara Rodriguez, piano
Carreno: Piano Works / Clara Rodriguez
Fundación MMG; 2:47

Gioachino Rossini: William Tell; Overture
New York Philharmonic Orchestra/Leonard Bernstein
William Tell And Other Favorite Overtures
CBS 37240; 11:27

Gilbert & Sullivan: The Gondoliers, Act I
“From The Sunny Spanish Shore,” “We’re Called Gondolieri”
Pro Arte Orchestra/Malcolm Sargent
Helen Watts, alto; James Milligan, bass-baritone
The Gondoliers
EMI 64394; 3:50

Episode 2

Franz von Suppé: Overture to Leichte Kavallerie
Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra/Solti
Light Cavalry (Overtures)
London 460982; 5:53

Leonard Bernstein: Arias and Barcarolles
Nachspiel,” “Rabbit at Top Speed” 

Marilyn Horne, mezzo-soprano; Martin Katz, piano and vocal
I Will Breathe A Mountain / Horne, Katz, Tokyo Quartet
RCA 68771; 3:22

Sergei Rachmaninoff: Morceaux De Salon, Op. 10

Vladimir Horowitz, piano
Mussorgsky: Pictures At An Exhibition, Etc / Horowitz
RCA 63471; 3:58

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Die Zauberflöte, K. 620 (excerpts)
Overture, “Dies Bildnis ist Bezaubernd Schön,” “Ach, Ich Fühl’s,” “Ein Mädchen Oder Weibchen,” “Papagena! Papagena!”
Academy of St. Martin In The Fields/Neville Marriner; Kiri Te Kanawa, Cheryl Studer, Francisco Araiza, Olaf Bär, Eva Lind
Die Zauberflöte; The Magic Flute
Philips 426275; 6:55, 4:28, 4:41, :44, 11:50

Anton Rubinstein: Barcarolle No. 2
Sergei Rachmaninov, piano
A Window In Time – Rachmaninoff Performs Bach, Chopin
Newport Classics 60030; 4:54

Gian Carlo Menotti: Sebastian; Barcarolle 
Philadelphia Orchestra/Ormandy
The Philadelphia Orchestra Conducted By Eugene Ormandy – Those Fabulous Philadelphians
Those Fabulous Philadelphians
CBS 45660; 3:43

Episode 3

F.W. Meacham, arr. Jerry Gray: “American Patrol”
Glenn Miller Orchestra
The Essential Glenn Miller
Bluebird 69241; 3:20

Ned Rorem: 3 Barcarolles, II.
Leon Fleisher, piano
Copland: Piano Sonata; Sessions: From My Diary; Kirchner:
Piano Sonata; Rorem: Three Barcarolles / Leon Fleisher
Sony 57338; 2:16

Richard Rodney Bennett: Barcarolle
Carol Rosenberger, piano
Singing On The Water / Carol Rosenberger – Piano Barcarolles
Delos 3172; 3:10

Giacomo Puccini: La Bohème (excerpts)
“Che Gelida Manina,” “Quando M’En Vo,” Musetta’s Waltz Song, “Vecchia Zimarra, Senti”
Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra and Deutsche Oper Chorus/Herbert Von Karajan; Luciano Pavarotti, Mirella Freni, Elizabeth Harwood
Puccini: La Bohème / Karajan, Freni, Pavarotti
London 421049; 4:51, 5:38, 2:36

Giacomo Puccini: Gianni Schicchi
“O Mio Babbino Caro” 

Renée Fleming, soprano
By Request / Renée Fleming
London B0001024; 2:53

Giacomo Puccini: Crisantemi for String Quartet (excerpt)
Emerson String Quartet
Crisantemi – Andante mesto
DG 471567; 6:14

Giacomo Puccini: Tosca
“Dammi I Colori…”

Philharmonia Orchestra and Royal Opera House Chorus/Guiseppe Sinopoli; Mirella Freni, soprano
Puccini: Tosca
DG 431775; 4:07

Giacomo Puccini: Madama Butterfly; “Un Bel Di Vedremo” 
Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra/Herbert Von Karajan
Mirella Freni, soprano
Puccini: Madama Butterfly
London 417577; 4:33

Frédéric Chopin: Barcarolle in F Sharp, Op. 60, B 158
Garrick Ohlsson, piano
Chopin: 4 Ballades, Barcarolle in F Sharp Major, Op. 60; Fantasy in F Minor, Op. 49
Arabesque 6686; 8:42

J. Garland: “In the Mood” (excerpt)
Glenn Miller Orchestra
The Essential Glenn Miller
Bluebird 69241; 2:31

Episode 4

Jerome Kern: “Smoke Gets in Your Eyes”
Fred Waring and His Pennsylvanians
Fred Waring And The Pennsylvanians in Hi-Fi
Capitol Records W 845; 1:54

Franz Von Suppé: Poet and Peasant; Overture
Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra/Georg Solti
CBS 37240; 9:51

Maurice Ravel: Miroirs: No. 3, “Une barque sur l’ocean”
Carol Rosenberger, piano
Singing On The Water – Carol Rosenberger – Piano Barcarolles
Delos 3172; 7:12

Ferde Grofé: Grand Canyon Suite (excerpts)
II. Painted Desert, III. On the Trail, IV. Sunset
New York Philharmonic/Leonard Bernstein
Leonard Bernstein – The Royal Edition Vol. 27 – Copland
Sony 47544; 18:34

Béla Bartok: Out of Doors; Barcarolle
Murray Perahia, piano
Bartok: Piano Sonata, Suite – Murray Perahia
Sony 63380; 2:50

Claude Debussy: L’Isle Joyeuse, L 106
Zoltán Kocsis, piano
Debussy: Images, 2 Arabesques – Zoltán Kocsis
Philips 422404; 6:06

Episode 5

J. Mercer, arr. Jerry Gray: “G.I. Jive”
The Army Air Force Band/Glenn Miller
The Essential Glenn Miller
Bluebird 69241; 3:10

Otto Nicolai: The Merry Wives of Windsor; Overture
Academy of St. Martin in The Fields/Neville Marriner
The Best of The Academy-Neville Marriner
EMI 67227; 8:47

Frédéric Chopin: Variations in A, B 37, Souvenir De Paganini
Daniel Barenboim, piano
Chopin 200th Anniversary Edition – Complete Works
EMI 2117; 4:26

Jean-Baptiste Arban: Fantaisie and Variations On The Carnival of Venice
Gerard Schwartz, cornet; Bill Bolcom, piano
Cornet Favorites
Nonesuch 79157; 7:44

Herbert L. Clarke: Variations on Carnival of Venice
American Serenade Band/Henry Charles Smith
David Hickman, cornet
Golden Age Of Brass Vol. 1 / David Hickman, Mark Lawrence
Summit 114; 3:01

Leonard Bernstein: Peter Pan; “My House”
Marilyn Horne, mezzo-soprano; Martin Katz, piano
I Will Breathe A Mountain / Horne, Katz, Tokyo Quartet
RCA 68771; 3:11

George Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue
Columbia Symphony/Leonard Bernstein; Bernstein, piano
Gershwin: Rhapsody In Blue, American In Paris / Bernstein
CBS 37242; 16:35

Speech by President Dwight D. Eisenhower

Jerry Gray: “A String of Pearls” (excerpt)
The Glenn Miller Orchestra
The Essential Glenn Miller
Bluebird 69241; 1:16