Symphony, Part 12

October 8, 2018, 7:00 pm

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Join us as we span the globe in part twelve of our continuing exploration of the symphony. Dmitri Shostakovich will start us in the Soviet Union with Lou Harrison bringing us back to America, and along the way we’ll visit many countries including England, Italy, France, Denmark, Sweden, Brazil, Bali, and India. From India we’ll hear Ravi Shankar’s Symphony for Sitar and Orchestra, performed by the London Philharmonic with sitar soloist Anoushka Shankar. Ravi Shankar said at the symphony’s premiere, “This was conceived entirely for the Western symphony orchestra, so I had to eliminate the traditional Indian instruments but transfer some of their spirit onto the Western instruments.”


Episode 1

Dmitri Shostakovich: Symphony No. 4
II. Moderato con moto

III. Largo-Allegro [excerpted]
Boston Symphony Orchestra/Andris Nelsons
Dmitri Shostakovich/ Symphonies No. 4 & 11 “The Year 1905”
8:24, 19:30; DG B0028595-02

Dmitri Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5 in D minor, Op. 47
III. Largo

Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra/Evgeny Mravinsky
Mravinsky Live – Salmanov: Symphony No.2/ Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5
Russian Disc RD CD 11 023; 11:58

Dmitri Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5
IV. Allegro Non Troppo

Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra/Evgeny Mravinsky:
Mravinsky Live – Prokofiev: Romeo & Juliet Suite No. 2/ Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5
Russian Disc RD CD 11 180; 10:54

Episode 2

Henk Badings: Symphony No. 15 “Conflicts and Confluences”: III. Scherzo Finale
Dutch National Youth Wind Orchestra/De Waal, Rian
Music for Wind Orchestra
Aspects of Music from the Netherlands Vol. 9; 3:54

Henri Dutilleux: Symphony No. 2, “Le Double” 
I. Animato, Ma Misterioso
III. Allegro Fuocoso, Calmato
BBC Philharmonic Orchestra/Yan Pascal Tortelier
Chandos 9853; 7:46, 11:32

Lars-Erik Larsson: Symphony No. 1 in D
I. Allegro Moderato
II. Adagio
III. Scherzo
IV. Finale
Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra/Andrew Manze
Lars-Erik Larsson – Symphony No. 1/ Music for Orchestra Lyric Fantasy
CPO 777 671-2; 10:36, 3:12 [Excerpt], 6:37, 7:42

Episode 3

David Diamond: Symphony No. 2
I. Adagio funèbre

Seattle Symphony Orchestra/Gerard Schwarz
Symphony No. 2 / Symphony No. 4 / Concerto for Small Orchestra
Delos DE 3093; 14:08

David Diamond: Symphony No. 2
IV. Allegro vigoroso

Gerard Schwarz: Seattle Symphony Orchestra
Symphony No. 2 / Symphony No. 4 / Concerto for Small Orchestra
Delos DE 3093; 8:20

Lou Harrison: Third Symphony
Finale: Allegro

Cabrillo Music Festival Orchestra/Dennis Russell Davies
Third Symphony/ Grand Duo For Violin & Piano
Music Master; 10:26

Ravi Shankar: Symphony: II. Lento – Ahir Bhairav
III. Scherzo – DoGa Kalyan
London Philharmonic Orchestra/David Murphy; Anoushka Shankar
London Philharmonic Orchestra/ Ravi Shankar Symphony
LPO 0060; 7:52, 8:49

Episode 4

William Walton: Symphony No. 2
I. Allegro molto, II. Lento assai; III. Passacaglia – Fugato – Coda – Scherzando

Cleveland Orchestra/George Szell
Variations On A Theme By Hindemith / Symphony No. 2
Columbia SAX 2459; 8:27, 10:14, 8:36

Bohuslav Martinů: Symphony No. 2
I. Allegro moderato, Premiere
II. Andante moderato
III. Poco allegro
IV. Allegro
Royal Scottish National Orchestra/Bryden Thomson
Complete Symphonies / Thomson
Chandos 10316; 6:41, 6:24, 4:58, 5:32

Episode 5

Vagn Holmboe: Symphony No. 3, Op. 25, “Sinfonia Rustica”
I. Brujdans

Aarhus Symphony Orchestra/Owain Arwel Hughes
Vagn Holmboe/ Symphony No. 1 Symphony No. 3 Symphony No. 10
BIS CD 605; 4:54

William Schuman: Symphony No. 3
I. Passacaglia

New York Philharmonic Orchestra/Leonard Bernstein
Bernstein Century Schuman/ Symphonies No. 3 & No. 8/ Symphony for Strings
Sony 63163; 6:48

Edmund Rubbra: Symphony No. 1, Op. 44
II. Pergourdine: Allegro Bucolico E Giocoso
BBC National Orchestra of Wales/Richard Hickox
Rubbra – Complete Symphonies
Chandos 9944; 5:44

Gian-Francesco Malipiero: Symphony No. 4 Lento Funebre; Symphony No. 3 – Vivace
Moscow Symphony Orchestra/Antonio De Almeida
Symphonies No. 3 & No. 4 Sinfonia del mare
Marco Polo 8.223602; 7:26, 3:00

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/Isaac Karabtchevsky
Heitor Villa – Lobos (1887-1959)
Naxos 8.573043; 6:54, 4:03, 5:45

Lou Harrison: Grand Duo For Violin And Piano,
A Round (Annabel’s And April’s), Molto Moderato, Generally Tender
Romuald Tecco, Dennis Russell Davies
Third Symphony/ Grand Duo For Violin & Piano
Music Masters 7073-2; 4:08