Autumn Leaves

August 16, 2019, 7:00 pm

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The changing seasons are a beloved theme of Exploring Music. “Composers,” Bill says, “just as much as poets and painters, love to celebrate the joys, the very charms of Autumn.” Bill begins with opposite expressions: the energetic Autumn section of Alexander Glazunov’s ballet The Seasons and Mahler’s gloomy “The Lonely One in Autumn” from The Song of the Earth (Das Lied von der Erde). Bill then crosses countries, continents, and centuries in Autumn, from Europe to North America, to South America and to Japan. Please Note: for stations in the Southern Hemisphere, we have an alternate program celebrating the start of Spring. Please contact us for details.


Episode 1

Aleksander Glazunov: Herbst from Die Jahreszeiten Op. 67
Orchestre de la Suisse Romande/Ansermet
The Seasons, Concert Waltzes 1 & 2 / Ansermet
London 430348; 9:26

Gustav Mahler: “Der Einsame Im Herbst” from Das Lied von der Erde
Philharmonia Orch/Klemperer; Ludwig, mezzo-soprano
Das Lied von der Erde / Klemperer, Ludwig, Wunderlich
EMI 66944; 10:05

Antonín Dvorák: Four Autumn Leaves, B. 109 (excerpts)
Poroshina, piano
Complete Piano Music / Inna Poroshina
Brilliant 92606; 4:06

William Alwyn: Autumn Legend for Cor Anglais and String Orchestra
City of London Sinfonia/Hickox; Daniel, cor anglais
Oboe Concerto, Concerti Grossi / Daniel, Hickox
Chandos 8866; 12:16

Pyotr Tchaikovsky: The Seasons, Op. 37B (excerpts)
Bronfman, piano
The Seasons; Balakirev: Islamey / Bronfman
Sony 60689; 13:59

Episode 2

Edvard Grieg: In Autumn Overture, Op. 11
Royal Phil/Beecham
Peer Gynt, Symphonic Dance No 2, Etc / Beecham, RPO
EMI 66966; 11:19

Jean Sibelius: “Autumn Evening” Op. 38/1
City of Birmingham SO/Oramo; Mattila, soprano
Songs / Oramo, Mattila, Et Al
Warner Cl 80243; 5:10

Mark O’Connor: Fall from The American Seasons
Metmorphosen Chamber Orch/Yoo; O’Connor, violin
The American Seasons / Yoo, O’connor, Et Al
Sony 89660; 5:49

Ned Rorem: “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening”
Martineau, piano; Graham, mezzo-soprano
Susan Graham – Portrait
Warner Cl 327484; 1:54

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: String Quartet No. 13 in B-flat Major, K. 458, Hunt, I
Emerson String Quartet
Mozart: String Quartets
DG 552302; 8:21

Frederick Delius: Autumn from North Country Sketches
Orch. of the Welsh Nat’l Opera/Mackerras
Orchestral Works
London 460290; 8:11

Claude Debussy: Feuilles Mortes from Preludes, Bk. II
Ciani, piano
Préludes, Suite Bergamasque, Etc / Ciani, Vásáry
DG 453070; 4:59

Joseph Kosma: “Autumn Leaves”
Karrin Allyson, vocals; Ens.
Concord 4709; 4:48

Episode 3

Giuseppe Verdi: Les Vespres Siciliennes (excerpt)
Munich Radio Orch/R. Abbado
Ballet Music / Roberto Abbado, Munich Radio Orchestra
RCA 62651; 9:22

Joseph Schwantner: Beyond Autumn
Dallas Symphony Orch/Litton; Hustis, horn
Angelfire, Etc / Litton, Meyers, Hustis, Et Al
Hyperion 67493; 17:22

Johannes Brahms: “Herbstgefühl” Op. 48, No. 7
Hamburger, piano; Baker, mezzo-soprano
Lieder / Dame Janet Baker
BBC Legends 4200; 4:20

Lawrence Ashmore: Autumn from Four Seasons
Guildhall String Ensemble/Salter; Stoltzman, clarinet
Clarinet Concerto, Bagatelles, Etc / Stoltzman, Et Al
RCA 60437; 4:22

Felix Mendelssohn: “Jägerlied” from Songs Without Words, Op. 19, No. 3
Barenboim, piano
The Four Seasons – A Musical Calendar Of Favorite Classics
DG 469376; 2:10

Ástor Piazzolla: Otoño Porteño
Barenboim, piano; Mederos, bandoneon
Mi Buenos Aires Querido / Barenboim, Mederos, Console
Teldec 13474; 4:52, 2:43

Victor Herbert: “Indian Summer”
Holloway, alto saxophone; Wess, tenor saxophone; Smith, organ
Coast to Coast
Milestone Records MCD 9335; 2:43

Episode 4

Joseph Haydn: Die Jahreszeiten (excerpts)
Freiburg Baroque Orch & RIAS Chamber Chorus/Jacobs; Petersen, soprano; Güra, tenor; Henschel, baritone
The Seasons
HM 901829; 2:12, 12:50

Minoru Kainuma: “Autumn in a Village”
Uchiyama, piano; Mera, counter-tenor
Japanese Popular Songs
BIS 906; 2:50

György Ligeti: “Automne à Varsovie” from Piano Etudes
Aimard, piano
At Carnegie Hall
Teldec 43088; 4:26

Dave Brubeck: “Autumn in Our Town”
C. Brubeck, piano; von Stade, soprano; Vinci, flute
Frederica Von Stade Sings Brubeck – Across Your Dreams
Telarc 80467; 4:07

Dave Brubeck: “Autumn in Washington Square”
Dave Brubeck Quartet
Jazz impressions of New York
Legacy 46189; 5:29, 1:27

Vernon Duke: “Autumn in New York”
Ens.; Upshaw, soprano
Dawn Upshaw Sings Vernon Duke
Nonesuch 79531; 4:24

Vernon Duke: “Autumn in New York”
Bill Charlap Trio
Live at the Village Vanguard
Blue Note 97044; 6:41

Vernon Duke: “Autumn in New York”
Ens.; Fitzgerald & Armstrong, vocals
Best of Ella FItzgerald & Louis Armstrong
Verve Records 314 537 909; 6:05

Episode 5

Antonio Vivaldi: “Autumn” from the Four Seasons
English Concert/Pinnock; Standage, violin
Four Seasons, Concerto For Oboe & Violin, Etc / Standage, Pinnock, Et Al
DG 426802; 10:22

Percy A. Grainger: “Harvest Hymn”
Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields
The Four Seasons – A Musical Calendar Of Favorite Classics
DG 469376; 3:39

Trad.: “Autumn Moon on a Calm Lake”
Lang, piano
Dragon Songs / Lang Lang
DG 823300; 4:03

Virgil Thomson: Autumn (Concertino for Harp, Strings and Percussion)
LA Chamber Orch/Marriner; Stockton, harp
Virgil Thomson: Music for the Films “The River” & “The Plow That Broke the Plains”
EMI 47715; 8:58

Ralph Vaughn Williams: “Linden Lea” from Songs of Travel
Burnside, piano; Williams, baritone
English Song Series 14 – Vaughan Williams: Songs Of Travel
Naxos 8.557643; 2:44

Charles Ives: Halloween
NY Phil/Bernstein
Ives: Symphony No. 2 / The Gong on the Hook & Ladder, or Firemen’s Parade on Main Street / Tone Roads No. 1 / Hymn: Largo Cantabile, for String Orchestra / Hallowe’en / Central Park in the Dark / The Unanswered Question
DG 429220; 1:54

Weill/Anderson: “September Song” (excerpt)
Brubeck, piano
Indian Summer
Telarc 83670; :39

Weill/Anderson: “September Song” (excerpt)
Ens.; Chet Baker, trumpet
September Song
OJC 087-2; 2:22

Weill/Anderson: “September Song” (excerpt)
Harry James Ens.
Ab-Mur/ September Song
Columbia; 1:19

Weill/Anderson: “September Song” (excerpt)
Ens.; Garner, piano
The Complete Savoy Master Takes
Savoy 17025; 3:04

Weill/Anderson: “September Song”
Ens.; Reinhardt, guitar
September Song
Everest; 2:32

Weill/Anderson: “September Song” (excerpt)
The Four Freshmen w/ June Christy
Road Show
Hindsight 235; 2:22

Weill/Anderson: “September Song” (excerpts)
Ens.; Sarah Vaughan, vocals
Sarah Vaughan
Polygram Records 543305; 1:33, :24, :27

Weill/Anderson: “September Song”
Ella Fitzgerald
Ella Fitzgerald Sings Songs From Let No Man Write My Epitaph
Polygram Records 839838; 3:43