From the Mountains to the Sea

August 22, 2019, 7:00 pm

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Sweeping expansive music that expresses the breadth of land- and seascapes, with a sense of coming together to where these elements touch each other—land meeting water, mountain stretching to heavens above, and distant horizons where oceans and skies blend. We’ll journey to islands with fiery volcanoes and molten earth, and in the quiet of the night sit on soft grass in front of a bonfire with sparks flying, and listen to their music. This image brings together many genres: symphonies and folksongs from the hills of Appalachia, ballads of conquering heroes and lost souls. Music of Liszt, Strauss, and Moeran, to the forgotten composers we call Traditional and Anonymous.

Playlist

Episode 1

Richard Strauss: Eine Alpensinfonie, Op. 64
Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra Strauss/André Previn
Eine Alpensinfonie
Telarc CD 80211; 0:48:19

Harry McClintock aka Haywire Mac: “Big Rock Candy Mountain”
Burl Ives
Greatest Hits
Decca MCAD 11439; 2:38

Episode 2

Alan Hovhaness: Symphony No. 2, Op. 132, “Mysterious Mountain”
I. Andante Con Moto
II. Double Fugue
III. Andante Espressivo
Seattle Symphony/Gerard Schwarz
Alan Hovhaness – Mysterious Mountain, And God Created Great Whales
Delos DE 3157; 6:04, 5:37, 5:27

Ralph Vaughan Williams: Symphony No. 1, “A Sea Symphony”
I. A Song For All Seas, All Ships
London Symphony Orchestra & Chorus/André Previn, John Shirley-Quirk, Heather Harper
Vaughan-Williams – A Sea Symphony – André Previn
RCA Red Seal RD 89689; 19:19

Jacques Ibert: Escales (Ports of Call)
II. Tunis-Nefta: Modéré Très Rythmé
Boston Symphony Orchestra/Charles Munch, Ralph Gomberg, oboe
A HiFi Spectacular
RCA Victor 09026-61500-2; 2:42

Franz List: Les Jeux d’eaux a la Villa d’Este, S 163
Garrick Ohlsson, piano
Franz Liszt: Volume 2
Bridge 9409; 8:20

Episode 3

Frank Bridge: The Sea, H 100
I. Seascape
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra/Charles Groves
The Sea and Summer, Cherry Ripe, Enter Spring, Lament
EMI CDM 69; 6:21

Benjamin Britten: 4 Sea Interludes, Op. 33A
I. Dawn
Boston Symphony Orchestra/Leonard Bernstein
The Final Concert
DG G2 31768; 3:41

Frank Bridge: The Sea, H 100
II. Sea Foam
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra/Charles Groves
The Sea and Summer, Cherry Ripe, Enter Spring, Lament
EMI CDM 69; 2:28

Benjamin Britten: 4 Sea Interludes, Op. 33A
II. Sunday Morning
Boston Symphony Orchestra/Leonard Bernstein
The Final Concert
DG G2 31768; 4:02

Frank Bridge: The Sea, H 100
III. Moonlight
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra/Charles Groves
The Sea and Summer, Cherry Ripe, Enter Spring, Lament
EMI CDM 69; 5:18

Benjamin Britten: 4 Sea Interludes, Op. 33A
III. Moonlight
Boston Symphony Orchestra/Leonard Bernstein
The Final Concert
DG G2 31768; 5:00

Frank Bridge: The Sea, H 100
IV. Storm
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra/Charles Groves
The Sea + Summer, Cherry Ripe, Enter Spring, Lament
EMI CDM 69; 6:40

Benjamin Britten: 4 Sea Interludes, Op. 33A
IV. Storm
Boston Symphony Orchestra/Leonard Bernstein
The Final Concert
DG G2 31768; 5:28

Edward Elgar: Sea Pictures, Op. 37
I. “Sea Slumber Song”
II. “In Haven” (Capri)
Hallé Orchestra/John Barbirolli, Janet Baker
EMI 5 56219 2; 5:02 , 2:06

Episode 4

Ernest Moeran: In The Mountain Country
Ulster Orchestra/JoAnn Falletta
E. J. Moeran : In The Mountain
Naxos 8.573106; 6:22

Vitězslav Novák: In The Tatra Mountains, Op. 26
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra/Libor Pešek
Novák: Slovak Suite, Eternal Longing, In The Tatras Mountains, Eternal Longing
Virgin Classics 5 45251 2; 16:15

Olivier Messiaen: Des Canyons Aux Étoiles
Part 1: I. “Le Désert”
Part 3: XI. “Omao, Leiothrix, Elepaio, Shama”

Radio France Philharmonic Orchestra/Myung-Whun Chung
Roger Muraro; piano, Jean-Jacques Justafré; french horn, Renaud Muzzolini; glockenspiel, Francis Petit; xylophone
Des Canyons aux Étoiles
DG 417 617 2; 3:57, 8:57

Alan Hovhaness: And God Created Great Whales, Op. 229
Seattle Symphony/Gerard Schwarz
Alan Hovhaness – Mysterious Mountain, And God Created Great Whales
Delos DE 3157; 12:20

Episode 5

Tomas Garbizu: Mendiko itzala (The shadow of the mountain)
I. Belatzarena (Dark-Haired Girl)
Jose Ignacio Ansorena, Txistu and Tamboril & Alvaro Cendoya, piano
Garbizu – Music for Txistu and Piano
Naxos 8.572096; 3:46

Ole Bull: Et Sæterbesøg (A Mountain Vision)
Trondheim Symphony Orchestra/Eivin Aadland
Arve Tellefsen, violin
Ole Bull A Norwegian Pioneer
Simax Classics PSC 1312; 7:12

Peter Schickele: A Year in the Catskills
III. Fall; Variations
Blair Wind Quintet
A Year in the Catskills
Naxos 8.559687; 3:02

Felix Mendelssohn: The Hebrides, Op. 26 (Fingal’s Cave):
Allegro Moderato – Animato in Tempo
Israel Philharmonic Orchestra/Leonard Bernstein
Leonard Bernstein – Schubert / Mendelssohn/ Schumann
DG 477 5167; 9:54

Richard Wagner: The Flying Dutchman – Overture
Orchester der Bayreuther Festspiele/Karl Böhm
Wagner: Overtures & Preludes
DG 439687; 10:29

Hector Berlioz: Harold en Italie, Op. 16:
III. Allegro Assai (Serenade of an Abruzzi Mountain-Dweller to His Mistress)
Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra/Vladimir Ashkenazy
David Aaron Carpenter, viola
Carpenter, Ashkenazy – Berlioz, Paganini
Ondine ODE 1188-2; 6:42

Claude Debussy: La Mer: Dialogue du Vent et de la mer
Boston Symphony Orchestra Debussy/Charles Münch
Debussy – La Mer , Images, Nocturnes
RCA RED Seal 59416; 7:54