Get the Picture

August 26, 2019, 7:00 pm

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Listen your way through the works of composers inspired by well-known paintings and poems. Pianist Alicia de Larrocha will perform Goyescas, by Enrique Granados, a musical transcription of Francisco Goya’s paintings. This week’s music includes Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition, Hindemith’s Mathis der Maler (Matthias the Painter), and Rachmaninoff’s Isle of the Dead. Many of these musical works have gone on to be the inspiration for new artistic creations. Art and music are one!

Playlist

Episode 1

Modest Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition (excerpt)
Ashkenazy, piano
Mussorgsky – Pictures at an Exhibition
Decca 475 7717; :42

Enrique Granados: Goyescas (excerpts)
de Larrocha, piano
Goyescas – Allegro De Concierto – Danza Lenta
RCA 60408; 17:19, 9:42

Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco: Francisco Goya y Lucientes, Pintor from 24 Caprichos De Goya
Afshar, guitar
Castelnuovo-Tedesco: 24 Caprichos De Goya
Summit 167; 3:06

Claude Debussy: La Mer
Boston Symphony Orchestra/Monteux
Pierre Monteux Edition Vol. 6 -Debussy, Liszt, Scriabin
RCA 61890; 22:33

Episode 2

Ottorino Respighi: Trittico Botticelliano
Orpheus Chamber Ensemble
Ancient Airs and Dances I & III – Three Botticelli Pictures – The Birds
DG 437533; 5:30, 8:32, 5:23

Paul Hindemith: Mathis der Maler
San Francisco Symphony/Blomstedt
Mathis Der maler / Symphonic metamorphosis / Trauermusik
Decca 421523; 8:16, 18:30

Erik Satie: Gymnopédie
Thibaudet, piano
The magic of Satie /Jean-Yves Thibaudet
Decca 470290; 3:03

Episode 3

Modest Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition (excerpt)
Ashkenazy, piano
Mussorgsky – Pictures at an Exhibition
Decca 475 7717; :34

Virgil Thomson: Bugles and Birds – A Portrait of Pablo Picasso
Jacobs, piano
A Portrait Album
Nonesuch 79024; 2:03

Alan Hovhaness: Mysterious MountainI, III & IV
CSO/Reiner
Hovhaness: Mysterious mountain; Prokofiev
RCA 61957; 16:15

Gunther Schuller: Seven Studies on Themes of Paul Klee
Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra/Dorati
Gershwin, Copland, Schuller, Bloch / Dorati, Minneapolis
Mercury 434329; 7:29, 13:34

Stephen Paulus: Air on Seurat
D. Lewis, violoncello; C. Lewis, piano
Paulus: Music of the night, Seven, etc / The Lanier Trio
Gasparo 301; 6:39

Livingston/Evans: “Mona Lisa”
Orchestra/Baxter; Nat King Cole
Capitol Records From the Vaults Vol. 7
Capitol 72435-28295-2-1; 3:09

Episode 4

Max Reger: Four Tone Poems after Arnold Böcklin
Concertgebouw/Järvi
Tone Poems
Chan 8794; 25:16

Sergei Rachmaninov: Isle of the Dead
Philadelphia Orchestra/Ormandy
The Bells Op. 35, Isle of the Dead Op. 29
Columbia Masterworks ML 5043; 20:00

Claude Debussy: L’isle Joyeaux
Thibaudet, piano
Preludes, Piano Works / Jean Yves Thibaudet
Decca 452022; 5:50

Modest Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition (excerpt)
Ashkenazy, piano
Mussorgsky – Pictures at an Exhibition
Decca 475 7717; 1:17

Episode 5

Modest Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition (excerpts)
Ashkenazy, piano
Mussorgsky – Pictures at an Exhibition
Decca 475 7717; 17:13, :41

Modest Mussorgsky, arr. Ravel: Pictures at an Exhibition
CSO/Solti
Mussorgsky/ Ravel: Pictures at an Exhibition / Solti
Decca 400051; :29, 33:31