Game of Pairs, Part II

August 14, 2019, 7:00 pm

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Our two-week series focusing on legendary partnerships between composers continues. This week starts in Paris with French impressionist composers Debussy and Ravel, focusing on their respective quartets. Bill then explores the friendship between Béla Bartôk and Zoltan Kodály, in particular their love of Hungarian folk music. In the middle of the week Bill tips his hat to the title of our theme by playing the second movement of Bartôk’s Concerto for Orchestra, “Giuoco delle coppie” or “The Game of Pairs”.  We close this week with Leonard Bernstein conducting the New York Philharmonic in a performance of his longtime friend Aaron Copland’s third symphony.


Episode 1

Claude Debussy: String Quartet In G Minor, Op. 10
Emerson Quartet
DG 445509; 6:23, 3:46, 7:42, 6:59

Maurice Ravel: String Quartet In F, I, II, III (excerpt), IV
Emerson Quartet
DG 445509; 1:36, 8:12, 5:59, 2:26, 5:14

Episode 2

Claude Debussy: Sonata for Violin and Piano in g, Allegro vivo, Intermede, Tres Anime
Joseph Szigeti, violin; Béla Bartók, piano
Vanguard 72025; 11:55

Claude Debussy: La Mer, L 109 – De L’Aube À Midi Sur La Mer & Dialogue Du Vent Et De La Mer
Montreal Symphony Orchestra/Charles Dutoit
London 430240; 16:46

Maurice Ravel: Daphnis et Chloé, Suite No. 2
I. Lever du jour
II. Pantomime
III. Danse Générale
Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal/Charles Dutoit
London 444386; 16:10

Claude Debussy: La Fille Aux Cheveux De Lin
Columbia Symphony Orchestra/Frank Brieff; Isaac Stern, violin
Sony 64501; 2:35

Episode 3

Trad, arr. Bartók: Transylvanian Dance
McGlaughlin, piano

Zoltán Kodály: Summer Evening (excerpt)
Budapest Philharmonic Orchestra/Kodály
DG 2543809 (LP); 1:34

Zoltán Kodály: Duo Op. 7, III
Jascha Heifetz, violin; Gregor Piatigorsky, vocal
RCA 61758; 8:20

Béla Bartók: “Evening In Transylvania” from 10 Easy Pieces (w/Bartok Announcement)
Bartók, piano
Priceless 22719; 2:52

Béla Bartók: Bagatelle, Op. 6, No. 2
Bartók, piano
Priceless 22719; :47

Béla Bartók: Dance Suite, SZ 77
Philharmonia Hungarica/Antal Doráti
Merc 432017

Zoltán Kodály: Dances Of Galánta (1933)
Chicago Symphony Orchestra/Neeme Järvi
Chan 8877; 16:33

Episode 4

Zoltán Kodaly: Háry János Suite, Op. 35A
I. Prelude: The Fairy Tale Begins
II. Viennese Musical Clock
III. Song
IV. Battle & Defeat Of Napoleon
V. Intermezzo
VI. Entrance Of The Emperor & His Court
Chicago Symphony Orchestra/Neeme Järvi
Chandos 8877; 24:29

Bela Bartók: Concerto for Orchestra
II. Giuoco delle coppie
IV. Intermezzo interrotto
V. Finale: pesante
Hungarian State Symphony Orchestra/Adám Fischer
Nimbus 5229; 6:58, 14:50

Béla Bartók: Concerto for Piano & Orchestra No. 3
II. Adagio religioso
Hungarian State Symphony Orchestra/János Ferencsik; Dezsö Ránki, piano
Hungaroton 31036; 2:52

Episode 5

Aaron Copland: Symphony No. 2, Short Symphony (excerpt)
London Symphony Orchestra/Copland
Sony 47232; 1:38

Aaron Copland: El Salón México
New York Philharmonic Orchestra/Leonard Bernstein
DG 431 672; 12:10

Aaron Copland: Piano Variations
Stephen Hough, piano
Hyperion 67005; 2:23

Aaron Copland: Appalachian Spring
SPCO/Dennis Russell Davies
Pro Arte 140; 3:33, 7:05

Aaron Copland: Symphony No. 3 – 4.  Molto Deliberato (excerpt)
New York Philharmonic Orchestra/Leonard Bernstein
DG 419 170; 4:50

Leonard Bernstein: Symphony No. 2 for Piano and Orchestra, The Age of Anxiety (after W.H. Auden)
[original 1949 version]
The Masque; The Epilogue
New York Philharmonic/Bernstein; Lukas Foss, piano
DG 415 964; 9:48

Leonard Bernstein: Agathon from Serenade
London Symphony Orchestra/Hugh Wolff; Brian Lewis, violin
Delos 3357; 7:08

Aaron Copland: Clarinet Concerto, I (excerpt)
New York Philharmonic Orchestra/Bernstein; Drucker, clarinet
DG 431 672; 1:49