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.”

Playlist

Episode 1

Dmitri Shostakovich: Symphony No. 4
II. Moderato con moto
III. Largo-Allegro [excerpted]
Andris Nelsons, Boston Symphony Orchestra
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
Evgeny Mravinsky: Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra
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
Evgeny Mravinsky: Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra
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
De Waal, Rian/Dutch National Youth Wind Orchestra
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
Yan Pascal Tortelier: BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
Chandos 9853; 7:46, 11:32

Lars-Erik Larsson: Symphony No. 1 in D
I. Allegro Moderato
II. Adagio
III. Scherzo
IV. Finale
Andrew Manze: Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra
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 – 1. Adagio funèbre
Gerard Schwarz: Seattle Symphony Orchestra
Symphony No. 2 / Symphony No. 4 / Concerto for Small Orchestra
Delos DE 3093; 14:08

David Diamond: Symphony No. 2 – 4. 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
Anoushka Shankar, David Murphy & London Philharmonic Orchestra
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
George Szell, Cleveland Orchestra
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
Bryden Thomson, Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Complete Symphonies / Thomson
Chandos 10316; 6:41, 6:24, 4:58, 5:32

Episode 5

Vagn Holmboe: Symphony No. 3, Op. 25, “Sinfonia Rustica” – 1. Brujdans
Owain Arwel Hughes: Aarhus Symphony Orchestra
Vagn Holmboe/ Symphony No. 1 Symphony No. 3 Symphony No. 10
BIS CD 605; 4:54

William Schuman: Symphony No. 3 – 1. Passacaglia
Leonard Bernstein: New York Philharmonic Orchestra
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
Richard Hickox: BBC National Orchestra Of Wales
Rubbra – Complete Symphonies
Chandos 9944; 5:44

Gian-Francesco Malipiero: Symphony No. 4 – Lento Funebre; Symphony No. 3 – Vivace
Antonio De Almeida: Moscow Symphony Orchestra
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