Invitation to the Dance, Part III

August 7, 2019, 7:00 pm

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This third installment of our series on dance music will center on the charmed life of George Balanchine, the chief choreographer of Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes. Born in St. Petersburg, Balanchine became a dancer and accomplished pianist, and we will listen to the music that inspired him to choreograph his iconic dance movements. We will listen to music by Bach, Ravel, Tchaikovsky and Balanchine’s longtime friend, Igor Stravinsky.


Episode 1

Peter Tchaikovsky: Sleeping Beauty (excerpts)
Philharmonia Orchestra/Lanchbery
Tchaikovsky/ The Nutcracker – Sleeping Beauty – Swan Lake
CFP 575 7592; 1:56, 1:45, 1:27

Zdeněk Fibich: Poem
Trondheim Symphony Orchestra/Nilson; Tellefson, violin
Arve Tellefesen: Arco
Simax 1158; 3:45

Anton Rubinstein: The Demon
Slovak Philharmonic Bratislava/Halasz
Rubinstein: Feramors/The Demon/ Nero
Marco Polo 8.220451; 9:21

Maurice Ravel: L’enfant et les Sortilèges (excerpts)
London Symphony Orchestra/Previn
Ravel: L’enfant Et Les Sortileges / Previn, London So
DG 457589
2:27, 2:24

Igor Stravinsky: Song of the Nightingale, III
Chicago Symphony Orchestra/Reiner
Scheherazade / Song of the Nightingale
RCA 68168; 12:02

Igor Stravinsky: Apollon musagète (excerpts)
Concertgebouw Orchestra/Chailly
Stravinsky: The Firebird Suite/Chailly, Concertgebouw
Decca 458142; 11:14

Bob & Ray: Dance Contest (excerpt)
The Best of Bob And Ray, Volume 1 –
Excerpt from the Bob And Ray Public Radio Show
Radio Art RACD 2011-4; 2:32

Episode 2

Erik Satie: “Jack-in-the-Box”
Legrand, piano
Satie Piano Works
Apex 41380; 5:25

Richard Strauss: Josephslegende, Op. 63
Dresden Staatskapelle/Kempe
Strauss: Orchestral Works / Kempe, Staatskapelle Dresden
EMI 73614; 6:44

Francis Poulenc: Aubade for Piano and 18 Instruments
ORTF/Dutoit; Rogé, piano
Poulenc: Aubade, Les Biches, Etc / Dutoit, Rogé, Et Al
London 452937; 12:38

Peter Tchaikovsky: Serenade for Strings, I. II.
Moscow Soloists/Bashmet
Tchaikovsky: Serenade For Strings; Grieg: Holberg / Bashmet
RCA 60368; 8:45

Igor Stravinsky: The Fairy’s Kiss (excerpts)
Orchestre de Paris/Bychkov
Stravinsky: Petrouchka, Divertimento / Semyon Bychkov
Philips 432145; 13:12, 2:16

Episode 3

Igor Stravinsky: Jeu de Cartes (finale)
Chicago Symphony Orchestra/Solti
Stravinsky: Petrushka, Jeu De Cartes / Solti, Chicago So
Decca 443775; 8:01

Richard Rodgers: On Your Toes
Slaughter on 10th Ave.
RCA Symphony Orchestra/Rabinowitz; Wild, piano
Earl Wild Goes to the Movies
Ivory Classics 70801; 9:14

Igor Stravinsky: Circus Polka
London Philharmonic Orchestra/Mackerras
Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring, Etc / Mackerras, LPO
Classics for Pleasure 73441; 3:37

J.S. Bach: Double Violin Concerto in d minor, BWV 1043, I & II
New York Philharmonic/Mehta; Stern and Perlman, violins
Isaac Stern – A Life in Music – Bach:
Violin Concertos
Sony 66471; 10:53, :23

J.S. Bach: Double Violin Concerto in D Minor, BWV 1043, II. (excerpt)
Academia Bizantina/Chiarappa
Classics Exposed – Vivaldi & Bach / Chiarappa
Denon 17007; :23

Georges Bizet: Symphony in C Major, III. IV.
Bizet: Symphonie in C, Carmen Suite / Ozawa
EMI 86089; 12:20

Bob & Ray: Dance Contest (excerpt)
The Best of Bob And Ray, Volume 1 – (excerpts)
Public Radio Show
Radio Art RACD 2011-4; :39

Episode 4

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Divertimento in B-flat Major, K. 287,
V. (excerpt)
Camerata Academica des Mozarteums Salzburg/Végh
Mozart: Divertimenti K. 205 and 287
Capriccio 10271; 1:41

Paul Hindemith: The Four Temperaments, I. III. IV.
New York City Ballet Orchestra/Irving; Boelzner, piano
A Balanchine Album
Nonesuch 79135; 1:15, 17:08

Igor Stravinsky: Orpheus (excerpts)
Orpheus Chamber Orchestra
Stravinsky: Orpheus, Danses Concertantes / Orpheus CO
DG 459644-2; 17:55, 2:48

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Divertimento in B-flat Major, K. 287, V. VI.
Camerata Academica des Mozarteums Salzburg/Végh
Mozart: Divertimenti K. 205 and 287
Capriccio 10271; 10:44

Episode 5

Peter Tchaikovsky: Nutcracker (excerpt)
Kirov Orchestra/Gergiev
The Nutcracker
Philips 462114; 2:00

Maurice Ravel: Le Tombeau de Couperin, I.
London Symphony Orchestra/Abbado
Piano Concertos • Menuet Antique • Le Tombeau De Couperin • Fanfare
DG 423665; 3:00

Maurice Ravel: Sonatine, II.
Alicia de Larrocha, piano
Alicia de Larrocha/ Ravel – Piano Concertos
RCA 60985; 3:00

Maurice Ravel: Tzigane
LSO/Abbado; Accardo, violin
Bolero / La Valse / Rapsodie Espagnole / Pavane
DG 469184; 9:52

Anton Webern: Five Pieces for Orchestra, Op. 10
Ensemble InterContemporain/Boulez
Complete Webern / Boulez
DG 457637; 4:28

Igor Stravinsky: Agon (excerpts)
New York City Ballet Orchestra/Irving
A Balanchine Album
Nonesuch 79135; 9:09

Louis Moreau Gottschalk: Grand Tarantelle for Piano & Orchestra
Utah Symphony Orch/Abravanel; Nibley, piano
Gottschalk: Works for Piano
Vanguard 1181; 7:25

Charles Ives: “In the Night”
Philharmonia Orch/Farberman
Orchestral Works
Vanguard VCS-10013; 1:55

Peter Tchaikovsky: Nutcracker (excerpts)
Kirov Orchestra/ Gergiev
The Nutcracker
Philips 462114; 7:48, 1:19

Bob & Ray: Dance Contest (excerpt)
The Best of Bob and Ray, Volume 1
Public Radio Show
Radio Art RACD 2011-4