Italian Souvenirs

January 1, 2019, 7:00 pm

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We all would like to have a holiday in Italy, and your desire will just grow and grow as you listen to this week of EM. The composers inspired by the great beauty of Italy include Berlioz, Liszt, Mendelssohn and Elgar. And let us not forget Mozart’s visit as a teenager that changed the course of opera forever.


Episode 1

Eduardo Di Capua: “O Sole Mio” (excerpt)
National Philharmonic/Chiaramello; Pavarotti, tenor
O Sole Mio Favorite Neapolitan Songs
London 410015; 1:18

Heinrich Schütz: First Book of Madrigals (excerpts)
Consort of Musicke/Rooley
The Consort of Musicke
BMG 38180; 2:51, 11:12

Arcangelo Corelli: Concerto Grosso in F Major, Op. 6 No. 9, I (excerpt)
English Concert/Pinnock
12 Concerti Grossi Op. 6
Archiv 423626; 1:15

George Frideric Handel: Concerto Grosso Op. 3, No. 4 in F Major
English Chamber/Leppard
Handel: Concerti Grossi, Op. 3
Philips Baroque Classics 422487; 10:35

George Frideric Handel: Sinfonia from Agrippina
English Concert/Pinnock
Handel: Overtures / Trevor Pinnock, The English Concert
Archiv 419219; 4:09

George Frideric Handel: Agrippina, “Pensieri, voi mi tormentate”
Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment/Bicket; Fleming, soprano
Handel – Renée Fleming – Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment – Harry Bicket
Decca B0003160; 5:16, :25

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Miserere in A Minor, K. 85
Concentus Musicus Wien/Harnoncourt
Mozart: Grabmusik K 42
Teldec 98928; 5:53

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Symphony No. 34, K. 338, III
Bonn Beethoven Hall Orchestra/Davies
Musicmasters 60175; 5:29

Episode 2

Luigi Denza: “Funiculì funiculà” (excerpt)
Bologna Teatro Comunale Orchestra & Chorus/Guadagno
Pavarotti, tenor
O Sole Mio Favorite Neapolitan Songs
London 410015; 1:24

Hector ​Berlioz: Roman Carnival Overture, Op. 9
London Symphony Orchestra/Previn
Symphonie Fantastique / Harold en Italie / 5 Overtures
EMI 73338; 8:05

Hector ​Berlioz: Harold in Italy, Op. 16, III.
Nat’l Orchestra of France/Bernstein; McInnes, viola
Symphonie Fantastique / Harold en Italie / 5 Overtures
EMI 73338; 6:50

Franz Liszt: Années de Pèlerinage
Canzonetta del Salvator Rosa” 
Brendel, piano
Années de Pèlerinage 2
Philips 6500 420; 3:01
Felix Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 4 in A Major, Op. 90, “Italian”
Chicago Symphony Orchestra/Solti
Mendelssohn: Symphonies No. 3 & 4
London 414665; 30:01

Episode 3

Franz Liszt: Les Jeux D’eau a La Villa D’Este from Années de Pèlerinage
Watts, piano
Andre Watts Plays Liszt Vol. 1
EMI Classics 64599; 7:48

Mikhail Glinka: Trio in d minor

Borodin Trio
Arensky, Glinka: piano Trios / The Borodin Trio
Chandos 8477; 7:51

Gustave Charpentier: Impressions of Italy On the Hill-Tops
Nat’l Opera Theatre Orchestra/Dervaux
EMI 65618; 6:03

Jules Massenet: Suite for Orchestra No. 5: “Scènes Napolitaines”(excerpt)
New Zealand Symphony Orchestra/Ossonce
Naxos 8.553125; 3:02

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Capriccio Italien, Op. 45
New York Philharmpnic/Bernstein
1812 Overture; Marche Slave; Capriccio italien
Columbia Masterworks MS 6827; 16:07

Igor Stravinsky: Gavotte con Due Variazioni from Pulcinella
Perlman, violin; Canino, piano
Stravinsky – Itzhak Perlman & Bruno Canino
EMI 49322; 3:43

Sergei Rachmaninoff: “Italian Polka” for Piano 4 Hands and Trumpet
Vladimir and Volvka Ashkenazy, pianos; Mackie, trumpet
Vladimir Askenazy – Rachmaninov: Piano Transcriptions
Decca 470291; 1:48

Episode 4

Carl Goldmark: In Italien Overture (excerpt)
Philharmonia Orchestra/Butt
Goldmark – Symphony No. 2, Prometheus Bound, In Italien – Philharmonia Orchestra Yondani Butt
ASV 934; 2:38

Luigi Denza: “Funiculì funiculà” (excerpts)
Bologna Teatro Comunale Orchestra and Chorus/Guadagno
Pavarotti, tenor
O Sole Mio Favorite Neapolitan Songs
London 410015; 1:12, :29

Richard Strauss: Aus Italien, Op. 16
Berlin Philharmonic/Muti
R. Strauss: Don Juan, Aus Italien
Philips 422399; 11:52, 8:36

Edward Elgar: In the South (Alassio)
London Philharmonic/Solti
Elgar: Symphonies 1 & 2, In London Town, in the South
London 443856; 1:05, 20:06

Maurice Ravel: Chants Populaires
“Chanson Italienne”
Chung, piano; Bartoli, mezzo-soprano
Chant D’Amour – Mélodies Françaises
London 452667; 1:27
Georges Bizet: “Tarantelle”
Chung, piano; Bartoli, mezzo-soprano
Chant D’Amour – Mélodies Françaises
London 452667; ​3:54

Episode 5

Jacques Ibert: Escales
“Rome,” Palermo”

French Nat’l Radio Orchestra/Martinon
Ibert: Ouverture De Fête, Escales, Tropismes
EMI 64276; 6:53

Samuel Barber: Vanessa
Met Opera Orchestra & Chorus/Mitropoulos
RCA Victor Red Seal LM 6062; 3:32

Vincent Persichetti: Infanta Marina, Op. 83
Pöntinen, piano; Imai, viola
A Bird Came Down The Walk. Original Works For Viola and Piano
BIS 300829; 10:01

Vittorio Giannini: Symphony No. 3 for Winds, III.
Eastman Wind Ensemble/Fennell
Gould: West Point Symphony; Hovhaness, Giannini
Mercury 434320; 3:21

Walter Piston: Sonatina for Violin and Piano, II.
Meyers, violin; Schub, piano
The American Album
RCA Victor Red Seal 68114; 5:30

Paul Creston: Symphony No. 5, Op. 64, III.
Seattle Symphony/Schwartz
Paul Creston: Symphony No.5 / Toccata / Partita
Naxos 8.559153; 6:31

David Del Tredici: Final Alice
“Acrostic Song”
The Sixteen/Christophers
Barber: Agnus Dei / The Sixteen
Coro 16031; 5:47

John Corigliano: Campane di Ravello
Louisville Orchestra/Smith
Music of John Corigliano
The Louisville Orchestra LCD 008; 3:43

Igor Stravinsky: Pulcinella Suite
New York Philharmonic/ Bernstein
Petrushka – Pulcinella
Sony 78749; 3:43