Fit for a King

August 21, 2019, 7:00 pm

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“We’re going to have a ball this week,” Bill says, “listening to some glorious music and, in most cases, giving credit where credit is due, to the people that commissioned these pieces.” Bill ushers in George I in England, whose favorite composer was Handel— both men were German born, and it’s George I who started the tradition that continues today of standing during the “Hallelujah” Chorus of Messiah. Bill also connects Haydn, Scarlatti, and Walton to their savvy patrons, confirming that if you want to command the finest musicians, it’s good to be the king.


Episode 1

George Frideric Handel: Hornpipe from Water Music
Concentus Musicus Wien/Harnoncourt
Water Music / Organ Concertos
Teldec 93668; 3:43

George Frideric Handel: “Zadok the Priest”
Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields/Marriner
Coronation Anthems
Philips 412733; 5:27

George Frideric Handel: Music for the Royal Fireworks (excerpts)
Orpheus Chamber Orchestra
Water Music; Music For The Royal Fireworks
DG 435390; 13:14

Joseph Haydn: Minuet from Trio for Baryton, Viola and Cello in D Major
Lukacs, viola; Kakuk, baryton; Parkanyi, violoncello
Baryton Trios / Kakuk, Lukacs, Parkanyi
Hungaroton 31174; 2:31

Joseph Haydn: Symphony No. 6 in D Major, H 1 No. 6, “Le Matin”
English Concert/Pinnock
Symphonies “Le Matin, Le Midi, Le Soir” / Pinnock
DG Archiv 423098; 20:42

Episode 2

Cristofano Malvezzi: Dal vago e bel sereno
Huelgas Ensemle/van Nevel
La Pellegrina / Paul Van Nevel, Huelgas Ensemble
Sony 63362; 5:44

Jean-Baptiste Lully: Suite from Le Bourgeois gentilhomme, LWV 43
Les Concert des Nations/Savall
L’Orchestre Du Roi Soleil (Symphonies, Ouvertures & Airs À Jouer)
Alia Vox 9807; 17:11

Richard Strauss: Le Bourgeois gentilhomme, Op. 60
English Chamber Orchestra/Tate
Suite Der Burger Als Edelmann Op. 60. Metamorphosen
EMI 47992; 5:38, :26, 19:13

Mel Brooks: “It’s Good to be the King”
Heaven and Earth
I Really Love You / It’s Good To Be The King
Unidisc SP5-1772; :15

Episode 3

Ludwig van Beethoven: Trio for Piano and Strings No. 7 in B flat major, Op. 97, “Archduke”
Zukerman, violin; Du Pre, violoncello; Barenboim, piano
Piano Trios, Etc / Barenboim, Zukerman, Du Pré
EMI 63124; 10:12

Ludwig van Beethoven: Quartet for Strings, Op. 59 No. 2, “Razumovsky”, III
Emerson String Quartet
Complete Beethoven Edition, Volumes 1 to 20
DG 47075; 7:26

Joseph Haydn: Quartet for Strings in C Major, Op. 76 No. 3, “Kaiser”, II
Amadeus Quartet
Kaiserquartett (Emperor) / Jagdquartett (Hunting)
DG 410866; 7:49, 1:52

Ludwig van Beethoven: Concerto for Piano and Orchestra in E-flat Major, Op. 73, “Emperor”, III
CSO/Solti; Ashkenazy, piano
The Piano Concertos
London 443723; 11:06

J. Strauss II: Kaiser-Walzer, Op. 437
Vienna Phil/Maazel
New Year’s Concert 1996 / Maazel, Wiener Philharmoniker
RCA 68421; 11:18

Episode 4

Johan Helmich Roman: Drottningholm Music (excerpts)
Giangiulio, trumpet; Riedo, organ
Music For Ceremony & Celebration
Crystal 234; 9:35

J.S. Bach: Ricercar 2 a 6 from The Musical Offering, BWV 1079
Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields/Marriner
Das Musikalische Opfer / The Musical Offering BWV 1079
Philips 412800; 7:24

Luigi Boccherini: Quintet for Guitar & Strings No. 4 in D Major, G 448, “Fandango”, I & III
Academy of St. Martin- in-the- Fields Chamber Ens.; Romero, guitar
The Guitar Quintets
Philips 438769; 11:57

Felix Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 3, “Scottish,” I & II
Cleveland Orchestra/Dohnányi
Classics – Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 3
Telarc 80184; 16:50

Domenico Scarlatti: Keyboard Sonata in E Major, K531/L430
Horowitz, piano
Vladimir Horowitz, Scarlatti
CBS 42410; 3:14

Episode 5

Edvard Grieg: Lyric Pieces, Book 8, Op. 65, No. 6: Wedding day at Troldhaugen
Andsnes, piano
Grieg: Lyric Pieces / Leif Ove Andsnes
EMI 57296; 6:16

Jean Sibelius: Symphony No. 5 in E flat Major, Op. 82, I & II
Oslo Phil/Jansons
Sibelius: Symphonies Nos. 3 & 5 / Jansons, Oslo Philharmonic
EMI 55533; 12:16

Frank Bridge: Coronation March (1911)
BBC Nat’l Orchestra of Wales/Hickox
Orchestral Works Vol. 3
Chandos 10112; 6:40

Edward Elgar: Symphony No. 2 in E flat Major, Op. 63, II
London Phil/Solti
Elgar: Symphonies 1 & 2, In London Town, In The South
London 443856; 15:32

William Walton: Crown Imperial
Royal Liverpool Phil/Groves
The Best Of British
EMI 62528; 6:30

George Frideric Handel: Music for the Royal Fireworks (excerpts)
Orpheus Chamber Orchestra
Handel: Water Music; Music For The Royal Fireworks
DG 435390; 4:01