First Love….Then Later

By Cydne Gillard |

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For centuries, composers have found inspiration in love stories, love poems, and often their own love affairs. Clara and Robert Schumann wrote music for each other; Gustav Mahler wrote the Adagietto of his Fifth Symphony while madly in love with his new wife, Alma Schindler; and when Peter Lieberson read the love sonnets of Pablo Neruda, he knew right away that he would set them to music for his wife, Lorraine Hunt Lieberson. Berlioz, Prokofiev, Bellini, and Delius were some of the many composers who fell under the spell of the Romeo and Juliet story. We know that no week of love songs would be complete without hearing Pavarotti, Domingo, and Callas in arias from La Bohème, Carmen, and Tosca.

Playlist

Episode 1

Gerald Finzi: Let Us Garlands Bring, Op. 18 – 5, “It Was A Lover And His Lass”
Bryn Terfel, Malcolm Martineau
The Vagabond
DG 445 946; 2:42

Edward Elgar: Salut D’Amour, Op. 12
Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Gil Shaham, violin
Violin Romances Orpheus Chamber Orchestra
DG 449 923; 3:03

Robert Schumann: Romanze, Op. 28/2
Orli Shaham, piano
Brahms Inspired
Canary Classics CC15; 3:27

Clara Schumann: 3 Romances For Violin & Piano, Op. 22,
I. Andante Molto
II. Allegretto
III. Leidenschaftlich, Schnell
Joseph Silverstein, violin; Veronica Jochum, piano
Piano Concerto
Pro Arte 395; 2:53, 2:19, 3:52

Robert Schumann: Kreisleriana, Op. 16
I. Äusserst Bewegt
II. Sehr Innig Und Nicht Zu Rasch
III. Sehr Aufgeregt
IV. Sehr Langsam
András Schiff, piano
Schumann/ András Schiff
Teldec 14566; 2:47, 7:16, 4:19, 3:16

Fritz Kreisler: Liebesleid
Anne-Sophie Mutter, violin; Lambert Orkis, piano
The Silver Album
DG 479 2949; 4:24

Kreisler: Schön Rosmarin
Anne-Sophie Mutter, violin; Lambert Orkis, piano
The Silver Album
DG 479 2949; 2:15

Fritz Kreisler: La Gitana
Fritz Kreisler
Kreisler Plays Kreisler
RCA Gold Seal 09026 68448 2; 3:11

Arr. Jeremy Jackman: “Annie Laurie”
The King’s Singers
Annie Laurie: Folksongs of the British Isles
EMI CLassics 54904; 3:17

Episode 2

Hector Berlioz: “Love Scene” (Adagio)
Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Carlo Maria Giulini, conductor
Romeo and Juliet
EMI 47616; 16:52

Sergei Prokofiev: Romeo & Juliet
Balcony Scene
Romeo’s Variation
Love Dance
USSR State Symphony Orchestra, Algis Ziuratis, conductor
Romeo and Juliet
MCA 32116; 3:29, 0:59, 3:51

Frederick Delius: “The Walk to the Paradise Garden” from A Village Romeo and Juliet
London Symphony Orchestra, John Barbirolli, conductor
English Tone Poems
EMI 47984; 9:52

Vincenzo Bellini: I Capuleti E I Montecchi
Act 1: Se Romeo T’Uccise Un Figlio…La Tremenda Ultrice Spada
Suisse Romande Orchestra, Henry Lewis,  Marilyn Horne, mezzo-soprano
Souvenir of a Golden Era (The Sisters Garcia)
London 4758493; 7:40

John Dankworth & William Shakespeare:
Shall I Compare Thee To A Summer’s Day (Sonnet 18)
All The World’s A Stage (As You Like It)/If Music Be The Food Of Love (Twelfth Night)
Cleo Laine, John Dankworth
Wordsongs
RCA Red Seal 7208; 2:25, 3:30

Episode 3

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Francesca Da Rimini, Op. 32:
III. Andante Cantabile 1. Allegro Vivo
The Philadelphia Orchestra, Eugene Ormandy, conductor
1812 Overture
RCA Victor Silver Seal 60492; 11:09, 4:03

Antonín Dvořák: Romance In F Minor For Violin & Piano, Op. 11
Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Gil Shaham, violin
Gil Shaham/ Violin Romances
DG 499923; 11:56

Henry Purcell: Dido and Aeneas, Z. 626:
Thy Hand, Belinda – When I Am Laid in Earth (“Dido’s Lament”)
The English Concert, Trevor Pinnock, conductor; Anne Sofie von Otter, mezzo-soprano
Purcell
Archiv Produktion 474 672 2; 4:28

Stephen Foster: “Jeanie With The Light Brown Hair”
Thomas Hampson, Michael Parloff, flute
American Dreamer – Songs of Stephen Foster
EMI 54621; 4:17

Michel LeGrand: “What Are You Doing The Rest Of Your Life”
Sarah Vaughan
Sarah Vaughan with Michel Legrand
Mainstream Records MDCD 703; 3:58

Leon Russell: “A Song for You”
Leon Russell, Helen Deutsch & Bronisław Kaper
The Best of Leon Russell
Capitol Records 509990 71044 28; 4:07

Elvis Presley, Tommy Durden & Mae Axton: “Heartbreak Hotel”
Leon Russell & Willie Nelson
The Best of Leon Russell
Capitol Records 509990 71044 28; 3:01

Episode 4

Gaetano Donizetti: L’Elisir D’Amor – “Una Furtiva Lagrima”
Luciano Pavarotti, Zubin Mehta
Pavarotti: The Early Years
RCA 62541; 5:04

Léo Delibes: Lakmé – Act 1: “Viens, Mallika, … Dôme Épais” (Flower Duet)
Anna Netrebko, Elina Garanca; Marco Armiliato:
SWR Symphony Orchestra Baden-Baden & Freiburg
The Opera Gala – Live From Baden-Baden
DG 4777177; 6:43

Giacomo Puccini: La Bohème – “Che Gelida Manina”
Luciano Pavarotti; Nino Bonavolonta: Rai Symphony Orchestra, Rome
Pavarotti: The Early Years
RCA 62541; 4:56

Giacomo Puccini: La Bohème – “Si, Mi Chimano Mimi”
Montserrat Caballé; Charles Mackerras: London Symphony Orchestra
The Ultimate Aria Collection [Disc 2]
EMI 65597; 5:17

Giacomo Puccini: La bohème: Act 1: “O soave fanciulla”
Luciano Pavarotti,Mirella Freni, A. Magiera
Pavarotti: The Early Years
RCA 62541; 4:19

Giacomo Puccini: Tosca, Act 2: “Vissi d’arte”
Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala di Milano, Victor de Sabata, conductor Maria Callas, soprano
Casta Diva – 50 Best Maria Callas – The Greatest Classical Music Ever!
Maria Callas, Gustave Charpentier & Charles Gounod 2012
EMI 57057; 3:20

Giacomo Puccini: Tosca – Act 3: “E Lucevan Le Stelle”
Plácido Domingo; Giuseppe Sinopoli: Philharmonia Orchestra
Granada – The Greatest Hits Of Plácido Domingo
DG 445 777; 4:14

Georges Bizet: Carmen – Act 2: “La Fleur Que Tu M’Avais Jetée”
Plácido Domingo; Claudio Abbado: London Symphony Orchestra
Granada – The Greatest Hits Of Plácido Domingo
DG 445 777; 4:20

Gustav Mahler: Rückert Lieder – “Ich atmet einen Lindenduft”
Thomas Hampson; Leonard Bernstein: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Mahler: Lieder Eines Fahrenden Gesellen
GD 431682; 3:00

Richard Wagner: Tristan Und Isolde – Act 3: “Mild Und Leise Wie Er Lachelt” (Isoldes Liebestod. )
Ludwig Suthaus, Kirsten Flagstad, Etc.; Wilhelm Furtwängler:
Philharmonia Orchestra, Royal Opera House Chorus
Wagner: Tristan Und Isolde [Disc 4]
EMI Classics 85873; 7:08

Episode 5

Frédéric Chopin: Piano Concerto No. 2 In F Minor Op. 21: II. Larghetto
Polish Radio National Symphony Orchestra, Garrick Ohlsson, piano
Chopin: Piano Concertos 1 & 2
EMI 62512; 9:30

Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 14 In C Sharp Minor, Op. 27/2, “Moonlight”
I. Adagio Sostenuto
Rudolf Serkin, piano
Rudolf Serkin Plays Beethoven
CBS 37219; 6:30

Gustav Mahler: Symphony No. 5 In C Sharp Minor – 4. Adagietto
New York Philharmonic Orchestra, Bruno Walter, conductor
Symphony No. 5
Sony 64451; 7:36

Peter Lieberson: “Amor mio, si muero y tu no mueres”
(My love, if I die and you don’t)
Boston Symphony Orchestra, Levine, conductor;
Lorraine Hunt Lieberson, mezzo-soprano
Lorraine Hunt Lieberson sings Peter Lieberson ‘Neruda Songs’
Nonesuch 79954; 7:12

Ivan Lins/Vitor Martins: “Te Amo”
Karrin Allyson, Gil Goldstein, accordion, Danny Embry, guitar
From Paris to Rio
Concord Records CCD 4865; 5:03

Ennio Morricone: Cinema Paradiso (Love Theme)
Pat Metheny & Charlie Haden
Beyond the Missouri Sky (Short Stories)
Verve Records 537 130; 3:37

Ennio Morricone/Stan Dunn: “That Day”
Karrin Allyson, Danny Embry, guitar
From Paris to Rio
Concord Records CCD 4865; 5:01

Giacomo Puccini: Turandot – Act 3: “Nessun Dorma”
Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, Vienna State Opera Chorus,
Herbert Von Karajan, conductor
Plácido Domingo, tenor
Madam Butterfly
DG 445 777; 3:28