Songs of Parting

August 30, 2018, 7:00 pm

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Adiós, adieu, sayonara, vale, zàijiàn — no turning back this week as Bill takes a look at musical farewells: from Purcell’s Sonata for Trumpet, to Bach’s Capriccio to his eldest brother, to Romeo’s parting in Prokofiev’s ballet Romeo and Juliet. Prokofiev’s use of the mandolin cleverly sets this ballet in Italy and note the saxophone expressing Romeo’s poignant exit. Kathleen Ferrier sings a Northumbrian folk song “Blow the Wind Southerly,” and Ray Charles doesn’t mince words in his shout to “Hit the Road Jack!” that includes a snarling vocal by Margie Hendricks of the Raelettes, and yes, more saxophone.


Episode 1

Henry Purcell: Sonata for Trumpet
II. Adagio
The Purcell Quartet
Henry Purcell Purcell : Miscellany – Bott : Bennett : The Purcell Quartet
Chandos 0571; 1:26

Turlough O’Carolan: “Carolan’s Farewell”
Jordi Savall, Viol; Andrew Lawrence-King, Irish harp
The Celtic Viol
AliaVox AVSA 9865; 4:06

Johann Sebastian Bach: Capriccio On The Departure Of His Most Beloved Brother, BWV 992
1. Arioso
2. Fughetta
3. Adagissimo
4. Andante
5. Postilion’s Aria
6. Fugue in Imitation of the Post Horn
Leon Fleisher, piano
The Journey
Vanguard Classics ATM CD 1796; 10:00

Ruggero Leoncavallo: “L’Addio”
Plácido Domingo, baritone; Lang Lang, piano
Orchestra del Testro Comunale di Bologna, Alberto Veronesi
La Nuit de mai
DG B0013965-02; 2:32

Tan Dun: Farewell
Yo-Yo Ma, cello
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon Original Soundtrack
Sony Classical/ Sony Music Soundtracks SK 89347; 2:25

Richard Strauss: Vier Letzte Lieder
4.  Im Abendrot (Eichendorff)
Jessye Norman, soprano; Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Kurt Masur, conductor
R. Strauss – Vier Leitzte Lieder – Jessye Norman
Philips 411 052-2; 10:00

Richard Wagner: Wotans Abscheid und Feuerzauber
Staatskapelle Dresden, Donald Runnicles, conductor
Wagner: Der Ring des Nibelungen – Orchestral Highlights
Teldec 0630 17109-2; 13:52

Peter Schickele: Last Tango in Bayreuth
United Sounds of Bassoon- Milan Turkovic, Selim Aykal (Bamberger Symphoniker), Richard Galler (Wiener Symphoniker), Clelia Goldings (USA, Orchestre National de Lille),
Werner Schulze (Wiener Universität für Musik), Alex Turkovic (Berklee College of Music, Boston)
Camerata 545; 2:50

Episode 2

Franz Joseph Haydn: Symphony No. 45: “Abschied”, F Sharp Minor
I. Allegro assai; II. Adagio; IV Finale. Presto, Adagio
Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, Iona Brown
Haydn: Symphonies 44, 45, & 49 / Brown, ASMF
Hanssler 98.189; 24:58

Valerie Coleman: Portraits of Langston
Summer Night (Reading)
Mahershalal Ali, narrator
McGill/ McHale Trio
Cedille Records 172; 0:56

Harlem’s Summer Night
McGill / McHale Trio
Demarre McGill, flute; Anthony McGill, clarinet, Michael McHale, piano
McGill/ McHale Trio
Cedille Records 172; 2:55

Edvard Grieg: 6 Poems, Op. 25 (Arr. J. Serebrier for voice & orchestra)
No. 4, A Bird Cried Out; No. 5, Departed
London Philharmonic Orchestra, José Serebrier, conductor
Carol Farley, soprano
Carole Farley sings Grieg Songs
Ariadine 50001; 1:46

Torquato Neto/Edú Lobo/Chris Caswell: Pra Dizer Adeus (Time to Say Goodbye)
Karrin Allyson, vocal
Karrin Allyson Imagina
Concord Jazz CD 30428; 4:46

Gustav Mahler: Five Rückert SongsV. Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen
Cleveland Orchestra, Christoph Von Dohnanyi, conductor
Jose van Damm, tenor
The Cleveland Symphony Orchestra 75th Anniversary 1918-1993
Cleveland Orchestra DIMS 000904; 7:07

Cole Porter: “Every Time We Say Goodbye”
Keith Jarrett, piano & Charlie Haden, bass
Last Dance
ECM Records ECM 2399
(in at 2;53) 4:25

Episode 3

James Paisible: The Queen’s Farewell & The Queen’s Farewell Stomp
London Oboe Band, Paul Goodwin, oboe
Playhouse Aires/ 18th Century English Theatre Music
Harmonia Mundi 907181; 2:37; 2:44

Sergei Prokofiev: Romeo and Juliet, Op. 64
No. 37 Introduction
No. 38 Romeo and Juliet
No. 39 Romeo bids Juliet farewell
The Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Mark Ermler, conductor
Romeo and Juliet – The Complete Ballet
Conifer 75605 55309-2; 1:25, 1:34, 5:07

Antonín Dvořák: Cello Concerto in B Minor, Op. 104, B 191
3. Finale: Allegro Moderato
New York Philharmonic Orchestra, Kurt Masur, conductor
Yo-Yo Ma, cello
Concertos from the New World
Sony Classical SK 67173; 12:59

Richard Wagner: Siegfried – Siegfried’s Funeral March & Götterdämmerung
Finale: Immolation Of The Gods
Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, Georg Solti, conductor
Wagner – Solti – Der Ring des Nibelungen
London 410 137-2; 8:36, 4:33

Jay Ungar: “A Time for Farewell”
Thomas Hampson, baritone
Wondrous Free – Song of America II
Thunderbird Records THM 5432; 2:55

Thomas Hampson: “Shenandoah”
Thomas Hampson, baritone
Wondrous Free – Song of America II
Thunderbird Records THM 5432; 2:48

William Fisher, Antonín Dvorak: “Goin’ Home”
Nancy King & Glenn Moore with
Lawrence Williams, Jerry Hahn, & Rob Thomas
Impending Bloom
Justice Records JR 0801-2; 4:07

Episode 4

Traditional: “Bound for the Rio Grande”
Robert Shaw Chorale, Robert Shaw, director
Chorale Sea Shanties
RCA Victor 09026-63528; 2:24

Ernesto De Curtis: “Torna a Surriento” (Come Back to Sorrento)
Mario Lanza, tenor
RCA 6218; 3:09

Peter Maxwell Davies: Farewell to Stromness
Peter Maxwell Davies, piano
Aquarius; Nicholas Cleobury
Naxos 8.8572408; 4:50

Franz Schubert: Winterreise
Das Wirtshaus; Der Leiermann
Randall Scarlata, baritone; Gilbert Kalish, piano
4:10; 3:37

Paul Hindemith: Trauermusik: Sehr Langsam
English Chamber Orchestra, Daniel Barenboim,
conductor; Cecil Aronowitz, viola
Matrix 7
EMI Classics 5 65079; 2:09

Peter Lieberson: “Amor mio, si muero y tu no mueres” (My love, if I die and you don’t–)
Boston Symphony Orchestra
Neruda Songs
Nonesuch 79954-2; 7:12

Astor Piazzolla: Adis Nonino
Kaia String Quartet
Kaia String Quartet 1; 7:02

Jacques Brel: “Ne Me Quitte Pas”
Toots Thielemans, harmonica
Chez Toots
Private Music 82160; 3:35

Ray Charles: “Hit the Road Jack”
Ray Charles, vocal
Hit the Road Jack and don’t You come back
Roslin Records; 1:59

Paul Simon: “50 Ways to Leave Your Lover”
Paul Simon
The Essential Paul Simon
Warner Bros. Records 159420; 3:38

Paul Simon: “Fifty Ways to Leave Your Lover”
The King’s Singers, Alastair Hume, David Hurley, Robert Chilcott,
Bruce Russell, Simon Carrington & Stephen Connolly
Good Vibrations
BMG 563932; 3:26

Episode 5

James Macpherson: Macpherson’s Lament
Jordi Savall, treble viol; Andrew Lawrence-King, Irish harp
The Celtic Viol
AliaVox AVSA 9865; 2:56

Leonard Bernstein: Serenade, “After Plato’s Symposium” – Agathon
Hilary Hahn, violin; Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, David Zinman, conductor
Beethoven – Bernstein – Hilary Hahn
Sony Classical SK 60584; 7:10

Gordon Hill Jenkins: “Goodbye”
Karrin Allyson, vocal;
‘Round Midnight – 2011
Concord Jazz CJA 3266202; 4:28

Gordon Jenkins: Goodbye, “In Memory of Benny”
Richard Stoltzman, clarinet; London Symphony Orchestra, Michael Tilson Thomas, conductor
Clarinet Concerto / Goodbye / Sonata For Clarinet / Three Preludes
RCA Victor Red Seal 61790; 4:26

Gustav Mahler: Das Lied von der Erde, VI. “Der Abschied”
Kathleen Ferrier, mezzo soprano; Wiener Philharmoniker, Bruno Walter, conductor
Mahler: Das Lied Von Der Erde – Kathleen Ferrier/ Julius Patzak/ Bruno Walter
Decca London 414194; 27:34

Anonymous: “Blow the Wind Southerly” (Northumbrian Folk Song)
Kathleen Ferrier, mezzo soprano
Kathleen Ferrier – Vol. 8 Blow the Wind Southerly
London 433 475; 2:24