How Strange the Change from Major to Minor, Part II

January 1, 2019, 7:00 pm

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When our listener wrote asking Bill to describe the different scales and modes in music, he said a week ought to do it. Bill quickly realized that a week ought NOT to do it, and two weeks were better! So, this week we continue listening to music change from major to minor, plus harmonic surprises that composers add to their music. This same listener goes on to say, “What classical music buff wouldn’t find that interesting and entertaining, and what classical music neophyte wouldn’t find that enlightening?” He’s right! Come listen with fresh ears to Schubert and Mahler symphonies, plus our favorite folk songs and jazz standards.


Episode 1

“Truckin'” (2015 Remastered Version)
Grateful Dead
Grateful Dead/ Rhino B00TZKKFE2; 00:33 excerpt

Dmitri Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5 in D Minor, Op. 47
I. Moderato
IV. Allegro Non Troppo
Gennady Rozhdestvensky: USSR Ministry of Culture Symphony Orchestra
Mel/ BMG 49611; 15:11, 11:11

Dmitri Shostakovich: String Quartet No. 8 in C Minor, Op. 110
I. Largo
Emerson String Quartet
DG 463284; 4:28

Dmitri Shostakovich: Sonata For Viola and Piano Op. 147, Adagio
Kim Kashkashian, viola, Robert Levin, piano
EMC 847 538; 15:08

Dmitri Shostakovich: Piano Concerto No. 1 for Piano, Trumpet, & Strings, Op. 35
IV. Allegro con Brio
Ronal Brautigam, piano; Peter Masseurs, trumpet; Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra/ Riccardo Chailly, conductor
London 433702; Excerpt 2:50

Cole Porter: “Ev’ry Time We Say Goodbye”
John Coltrane
My Favorite Things
Atlantic 1361; 00:43 excerpt

Episode 2

John WIlliams: Flying Theme (From “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial”)
John Williams & the London Symphony Orchestra
Sony 70636; 3:41

Béla Bartok: Sonata for 2 Pianos & Percussions, SZ 110
III. Allegro Non Troppo
Murray Perahia, Georg Solti, David Corkhill, Evelyn Glennie
CBS 42625; 6:43

Béla Bartok: Hungarian Sketches, SZ 97 – Melody
Fritz Reiner: Chicago Symphony Orchestra
RCA 61504; 1:57

Béla Bartok: String Quartet No. 5, SZ 102 –
3. Scherzo
Emerson Quartet Bartok: String Quartets
DG 423657; 4:54

Ludwig van Beethoven: String Quartet No. 15 in A Minor, Op. 132
3. Molto Adagio
Emerson Quartet Beethoven: The Late Quartets 1997
DG 447075; 17:48

Elmer Bernstein: To Kill a Mockingbird
Elmer Bernstein & the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Elmer Bernstein  with the RPO Pops
Denon 75288; 8:18

Danny Elfman: “The Simpsons” Main Title Theme
Danny Elfman
Songs in the Key of Springfield
Rhino Records 72723; 1:23

Cole Porter: “Ev’ry Time We Say Goodbye”
Bobby Short
Late night at the Cafe Carlyle 1992
Telarc B000003D3A; 1:30

Episode 3

Cole Porter: “Ev’ry Time We Say Goodbye”
John Coltrane, Sax
My Favorite Things – 1961
Atlantic 1361; 00:54, 2:22

Johann Sebastian Bach: Italian Concerto, BWV 971: Andante
Peter Serkin, Piano
Bach: Goldberg Variations, Peter Serkin
RCA 68188; 5:41

Antonio Carlos Jobim/ Vincius de Moraes: “Sem Voce”
Jaques Morelenbaum, Paula Morelenbaum, & Ryuichi Sakamoto
Morelenbaum/ Sakamoto
Sony Classics SK 89982; 5:03

Antonin Dvořák: Symphony No. 8 in G Major, Op. 88
I. Allegro conbrio
III. Allegretto Grazioso- Molto Vivace
Bournemouth Symphony/ Jose Serebrier
Dvorak Serebrier
Warner 0825646287871; 10:14, 5:49

André Previn: Sonata No. 2 pour Violin and Piano
II. Desole
Anne-Sophie Mutter, Violin; Lambert Orkis, Piano
DG 4792949; 7:48

“Moon Ray”
Chris Connor with Artie Shaw Band
A Jazz Date with Chris Connor
Rhino R2 71747; 3:14

Claude Debussy: Sonata For Flute, Viola, & Harp, L 137
II. Interlude
Kim Kashkashian, Viola; Marina Piccinini, Flute; Sivan Magen, Harp
EMC 2345; 7:07

Episode 4

Cole Porter: “Ev’ry Time We Say Goodbye”
Bobby Short
Late Night at the Cafe Carlyle 1992
Telarc B000003D3A; 00:25 excerpt

Johannes Brahms: Symphony No. 4 in E Minor, Op. 98
II. Adnate Moderato
Carlos Maria Giulini: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
EMI 65139; 13:02

J.S. Bach: Die Himmel erzhlen die Ehre Gottes, BWV 76
Chorale: Es Woll uns Gott Genadig Sein (Chorus)
Lisa Larsson, John Eliot Gardiner, Daniel Taylor, James Gilchrist, Monteverdi Choir,
Stephen Varcoe, & English Baroque Soloists
Bach: Cantatas, Vol. 2
Soli Deo Gloria 165; 2:19

Philip Glass: Satyagraha – Evening Song
Douglas Perry, Christopher Keene
New York City Opera
Songs from the Trilogy
CBS 45580; 4:07

Jenö Hubay: “Balaton”
2009 Sintiromarus
Sintiromarus Latcho Drom
O.A.P. 9789078686118; 2:27

Bronislaw Kaper & Ned Washingotn: “On Green Dolphin Street”
Barney Kessel, Shelly Manne, & Ray Brown
The Poll Winners
Contemporary 156-2; 3:07

Bright Sheng: Three Chinese Love Songs
“Blue Flower”, “At the Hillside Where Horses Are Running”
Bright Sheng, Lisa Saffer & Paul Neubauer
Naxos 8570601; 3:13

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71a: Arabian Dance
Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra & James Levine
Tchakovsky: Ballet Suites/ Levine, Wiener Philharmoniker
DG 437806; 3:35

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 5 in E Minor, Op. 64
I. Andante, Allegro Con Anima, IV. Finale: Andante Maestoso, Allegro Vivo
Evgeny Mravinsky: Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra
Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 5 Op. 64
Erato 45755; 13:32

Episode 5

Franz Liszt: 19 Hungarian Rhapsodies, S. 244: No. 11 in A Minor
Georges Cziffra Liszt: 7 Hungarian Rhapsodies
Georges Cziffra 2010
EMI 456760; 5:11

Béla Bartók: Divertimento for Str., III. Allegro Assai
Chicago Symphony Orchestra/ Georg Solti, conductor
Bartok: Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta 1990
Decca 430352; 7:15

Alberto Ginastera: Danzas Argentinas, Op. 2
III. Danza Del Gaucho Matrero
Martha Argerich, Piano
Live from the Concertgebouw -1978
EMI 56975; 2:56

Igor Stravinsky: Four Norwegian Moods for Orchestra
II. Songs; IV. Cortege
Orchestra of St. Luke’s/ Robert Craft, conductor
Igor Stravinsky: The Composer Vol. I
Music Master 67110; 4:06

John Lennon & Paul McCartney: “Norwegian Wood”
The Beatles
Rubber Soul 1965
Capitol Records ST 2442; 2:05

Giacomo Puccini: Tosca
Act III. Prelude – “Io de’sospiri”
“E Lucevan le Stele.”
National Philharmonic Orchestra; Nicola Rescigno, conductor
Luciano Pavarotti, tenor
Puccini: Tosca/ Rescigno, Freni, Pavarotti, Milnes
London/ Decca 417011; 6:11

Marilyn Bergman, Alan Bergman, & Michael Legrand
“What Are You Doing the Rest of Your Life”
Mel Tormé
Live at the Maisonette 2006
Atlantic SD 18129; 3:27

Maurice Ravel: Daphnis et Chloé, Suite No. 2
II. Pantomime; III. Danse Générale
Orchestre Symphonique de Montreal; Charles Dutoit, conductor
Ravel: Bolero, l Valse, Pavane, Etc/ Dutoit, Montreal So
London/ Decca 400055; 9:11

Cole Porter: “Ev’ry Time We Say Goodbye”
Ray Charles & Betty Carter
ABC Records 385; 4:40