Ballad of East and West

August 16, 2019, 7:00 pm

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Borrowing this week’s title from the Rudyard Kipling poem, “The Ballad of East and West” will explore the music of Asia. Traveling to China, Japan, and Indonesia, we will listen to instruments, sounds, folk tunes and poetry. Some that are the unique musical voices that define a country’s identity, some that are shared in common and many that are borrowed by western composers.

Playlist

Episode 1

He Lüting: Senjidema
Shanghai Music Institute
Selected Works of He Lüting: Instrumental Solo, Duetto and Chorus
Chinese Musician Audio and Video Publishing House; 00:17 (excerpt)

Tan Dun: Silk Road
Shanghai Symphony Orchestra/Tan Dun, violoncello,Yo-Yo Ma, violoncello
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
Sony 760859; 00:36 (excerpt)

Zhao Jiping & Zhao Lin: Distant Green Valley
Yo-Yo Ma & The Silk Road Ensemble
Silk Road Journeys: Beyond The Horizon
Sony 756283; 1:55 (excerpt)

Xian Xinghai: The Yellow River Cantata
I. Song Of The Yellow River Boatmen
IV. Dialogue Song By The Yellow River

Shanghai Philharmonic Chorus & Shanghai Philharmonic Orchestra/Ding Cao, conductor
Xian: The Yellow River Cantata / Chu: The Yellow River Piano Concerto
Chandos MP 3982; 7:46

Xian Xinghai: Yellow River Piano Concerto
l. The Yellow River In Wrath
Central Philharmonic Orchestra of China /Long Yu Lang Lang, piano
Xian: The Yellow River Cantata / Chu: The Yellow River Piano Concerto
Chandos MP 3982; 7:20

He Lüting: Looking at the Milky Way from Mount Shaolin
Shanghai Music Institute
Selected Works of He Lüting: Instrumental Solo, Duetto and Chorus
Chinese Musician Audio and Video Publishing House; 4:04

He Lüting: Clear Water
Shanghai Music Institute
Selected Works of He Lüting: Instrumental Solo, Duetto and Chorus
Chinese Musician Audio and Video Publishing House; 1:58

Bright Sheng: Shanghai Overture
San Diego Symphony Orchestra/Jahja Ling, conductor
Never Far Away
Telarc 80719; 8:41

Bright Sheng: Tibetan Dance: I. Prelude
Bright Sheng, piano; Cho-Liang Lin, violin; Erin Svoboda, clarinet
Sheng: Spring Dreams, Tibetan Dance, 3 Fantasies
Naxos 8570601; 4:12

Bright Sheng: Three Chinese Love Songs
l. Blue Flower, ll. At the Hillside Where Horses Are Running, lll. The Stream Flows

Bright Sheng, piano; Lisa Saffer, soprano; Paul Neubauer, viola
Sheng: Spring Dreams, Tibetan Dance, 3 Fantasies
Naxos 8570601; 6:45

Wencheng Lu: Autumn Moon On A Calm Lake
Lang Lang
Dragon Songs
DG 80008233; 3:30 (excerpt)

Episode 2

Tan Dun: Orchestral Theatre For Orchestra
Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra/Tan Dun
Symphonic Poem on Three Notes; Orchestral Theatre; Concerto for Orchestra
Naxos 8.570608
2:54; 00:17; 00:17; 1:36 Excerpts

Tan Dun: Symphonic Poem On Three Notes For Orchestra
Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra/ Tan Dun
Symphonic Poem on Three Notes; Orchestral Theatre; Concerto for Orchestra
Naxos 8.570608; 12:03

Tan Dun: Crouching Tiger
l. Hidden Dragon
ll. Through The Bamboo Forest
lll. Desert Capriccio

Shanghai National Orchestra, Shanghai Symphony Orchestra/Chan Xie Yang, conductor
Yo-Yo Ma, violoncello
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
Sony 89347; 12:18

Tan Dun: Concerto For Orchestra
lV. The Forbidden City

Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra/ Tan Dun, conductor
Symphonic Poem on Three Notes; Orchestral Theatre; Concerto for Orchestra
Naxos 8.570608; 6:53

Silk Road Journeys: Beyond the Horizon
l. Summer in the High Grassland
ll. Gallop of a Thousand Horses

Yo-Yo Ma & The Silk Road Ensemble
Silk Road Journeys: Beyond The Horizon
Sony 756283; 9:36

Alec Wilder: It’s Silk, Feel It! (Mitch Miller, English horn)
The Alec Wilder Octet
The Music of Alec Wilder Conducted By Frank Sinatra
Odyssey 32 16 0262; 3:59

Episode 3

Traditional: Parlez Moi d’Amour
Lucienne Boyer, soprano
Parlez-Moi D’Amour
Nostalgia Naxos 8.120558; 3:08

Toru Takemitsu: Coral Island, III – Accumulation
Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra/Yuzo Toyama, conductor
Coral Island
Denon 18073; 2:25

Toru Takemitsu: Visions
l. Mystere
ll. Les yeux clos

Chicago Symphony Orchestra/Daniel Barenboim, conductor
Carter: Partita; Berio: Continuo; Takemitsu
Teldec 99596; 13:18; 00:54 excerpt

Toru Takemitsu: Toward the Sea for Flute and Marimba
I. the Night

Ransom Wilson, flute, Robert van Sice, marimba
Japanese Music for marimba
Etcetera KTC 1143; 2:54

Toru Takemitsu: A Flock Descends Into the Pentagonal Garden
Boston Symphony Orchestra/Seiji Ozawa
A Flock Descends into the Pentagonal Garden
DG 4775381; 12:55

Toru Takemitsu: Music for Kurosawa’s Ran, Movement III, Movement IV
Sapporo Symphony Orchestra/Tadaaki Otaka, conductor
Takemitsu – Hosokawa – A Otaka
Chandos 9876; 8:13

Toru Takemitsu: Rain Tree Sketch 2 (for Messiaen) ‘Celestially Light’
Peter Serkin, piano
The Ocean Has No East And No West
Koch 7450; 4:25

Episode 4

Traditional: Ketjak Dance
Bali: Music from the Morning of the World
Explorers Series Nonesuch Records David Lewiston, producer; 1:50

Gamelan Gong Kebyar: Baris/Gambang Betjak
Bali: Music from the Morning of the World
Explorers Series Nonesuch Records David Lewiston, producer; 2:44

Sekehe Gambuh: Sekar Leret
Bali: Music from the Morning of the World
Explorers Series Nonesuch Records David Lewiston, producer; 1:08

Gamelan Angklung: Margepati
Bali: Music from the Morning of the World
Explorers Series Nonesuch Records David Lewiston, producer; 1:09

Claude Debussy: Images, Livre II:
I. Cloches à Travers Les Feuilles

Georges Pludermacher, piano
Images 1 & 2; Images Oubliées; Estampes
Harmonia Mundi France 901503; 4:31; 00:50 (excerpt)

Maurice Ravel: Piano Trio in A Minor; II. Pantoum
Beaux Arts Trio
Piano Trios • Klaviertrios
Philips 411141; 4:19

Claude Debussy: Poemes de Baudelaire: No. 2: Harmonie du Soir
BBC Symphony Orchestra/Yan Pascal Tortelier, Susan Graham, soprano
Poèmes De L’amour
Warner 2005; 3:58

Colin McPhee: Tabuh-Tabuhan, Toccata For Orchestra & 2 Pianos, l. Ostinato
American Composers Orchestra/Dennis Russell Davies, Peter Basquin, Christopher Oldfather, pianos
Tabuh-Tabuhan / Inner Voices / Suite For Symphonic Strings
Argo 444560; 7:30

Lou Harrison: Main Bersama-Sama, Concerto In Slendro: III. Allegro
R. Hughes, M. Kobialka, D. Kobialka, Marconi, Barbagallo & Neff
REISSUED ON NEW WORLD
New World Records 80643; 9:40

Paul Hindemith: Symphonic Metamorphoses on Themes of Carl Maria von Weber
2. Turandot, Scherzo
Philadelphia Orchestra/Ormandy, conductor
Paul Hindemith Plays & Conducts Paul Hindemith EMI Classics
EMI 47615; 7:54

Episode 5

Giacomo Puccini: La Bohème – Act 3; “Ohè, La, Le Guardie…Aprite!”
RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra & Chorus/Thomas Beecham, conductor, Victoria De Los Angeles, Jussi Björling
La Boheme
Warner Classics 67753; 2:19 (excerpt)

Giacomo Puccini: Madama Butterfly Act 1: “… E soffitto e pareti; “Sorride Vostro Onore?”
“Dovunque al mondo”; “America For Ever”; “Ier l’altro il Consolato”
Act 1: “Gran ventura”;
Act 2: “Un bel dì vedremo”
Act 2: “Che Tua Madre Dovrà Prenderti In Braccio”
Act 2: “Con onor muore chi non può serbar vita con onore”
Wiener Philharmoniker/ Herbert von Karajan, c. Mirella Freni, Christa Ludwig, Luciano Pavarotti
Madama Butterfly
London/Decca 478 7819; 11:54; 3:51; 4:41; 5:17; 2:40

Gustav Mahler: Das Lied von der Erde; II. Der Einsame im Herbst
New Philharmonia/Otto Klemperer, conductor
Christa Ludwig, mezzo-soprano
Symphonies 2, 4, 7 & 9, Das Lied von der Erde
EMI 483982; 10:10

Gilbert & Sullivan: The Mikado “On a Tree By a River a Little Tom-Tit”
The D’Oyly Carte Opera Company/ Peter Pratt, bass
The Mikado
Sony 58889; 2:58 (excerpt)