Recalling the 1969 Moon Landing

July 20, 2019, 4:30 pm

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Astronaut Buzz Aldrin and the U.S. Flag on the Moon, ca. 1969.

Larry recalls a half century since humankind first walked on the moon. In this hour-long program, Anna Netrebko sings the ‘Song to the Moon’ from Rusalka. Also heard are Angela Gheorghiu and Roberto Alagna as unrequited lovers in a moonlit scene from Werther, Eileen Farrell sings ‘Fly Me to the Moon,’ and so much more.


“Clair de Lune” from Suite bergamasque by Claude Debussy
Philadelphia Orchestra; Eugene Ormandy, conductor
(Philadelphia 1971. RCA 60696‐2‐RG)

“Interlude”…“ Il faut nous séparer” from Werther by Jules Massenet
Angela Gheorghiu, soprano; Roberta Alagna, tenor; London Symphony Orchestra; Antonio Pappano, conductor
(London 1998. EMI 7243 5 56821 2 3)

“Clair de Lune” by Gabriel Fauré
Victoria de los Ángeles, soprano; Gerald Moore, piano
(London 1960. EMI 5 65065 2)

“Mondnacht” from Liederkreis, Op. 39 by Robert Schumann
Hans Hotter, bass-baritone; Michael Raucheisen, piano
(Berlin 1950. TESTAMENT SBT 1199)

“Song to the Moon” from Rusalka by Antonín Dvořák
Anna Netrebko, soprano; Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra; Gianandrea Noseda, conductor
(Vienna 2003. DGG B0000990‐02)

“The Moon Is High In The Sky” from Aleko by Sergei Rachmaninoff
Feodor Chaliapin, bass; Orchestra; Lawrance Collingwood, conductor
(London 1929. MARSTON 51301‐2)

“Orchids In The Moonlight” by Vincent Youmans
Joan Morris, mezzo-soprano; Robert White, tenor; William Bolcom, piano
(New York 1995. ARABESQUE Z6670)

“Serenade” from The Student Prince by Sigmund Romberg
Piotr Beczała; Chorus and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra; Łukasz Borowicz, conductor
(London 2012. DGG B0018337‐02)

“Luna d’estate” by Francesco Paolo Tosti
Carlo Bergonzi, tenor; Orchestra da Camera di Roma; Edoardo Müller, conductor
(Rome 1983. ORFEO C 073‐831 A)

“Luna Rossa” by Vincenzo De Crescenzo
Sergio Franchi, tenor; Orchestra; Henri René, conductor
(New York 1961. RCA VICTOR 09026‐68167‐2)

“Moon River” from Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Henry Mancini
Henry Mancini, conductor, with his Chorus and Orchestra
(Los Angeles 1961. 45 RPM DISC: RCA VICTOR 47‐7916)

Howard “Fly Me to the Moon” by Burt Howard
Eileen Farrell, soprano; Luther Henderson, conductor, with his Orchestra
(1961. SONY MDK 47255)