Demons, Spooks and Other Things That Go Bump in the Night

October 28, 2019, 7:00 pm

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Darkness descends on Exploring Music as Malcolm Arnold leads a pair of drunken bassoonists through a dark foggy peat bog, Henry Cowell conjures a banshee from the piano, and Paganini’s violin flirts with the devil. Bill lines up the composers who delighted in the supernatural – but it’s not all about Hallowe’en in America: there’s Walpurgisnacht (throughout Europe), and St. John’s Eve (international). EM conjures the ghosts, the goblins, Mephistopheles, and other phantasmagoria depicted by Brahms, Berlioz, Verdi, Busoni, Offenbach, and more.


Episode 1

Camille Saint-Saëns: Danse Macabre
New York Philharmonic Orchestra/Leonard Bernstein
Favorite French Spectaculars
CBS 37769; 7:05

John Cage: The Perilous Night, V
Markus Hinterhauser, prepared piano
Prepared Piano
Col Legno 20027; :46

Franz Liszt: Totentanz, S. 555
Boston Symphony Orchestra/Seiji Ozawa; Krystian Zimerman, piano
Philips 456997; 15:15

Charles Ives: Hallowe’en
New York Philharmonic Orchestra/Leonard Bernstein
Symphony No. 2 • Central Park In The Dark • The Unanswered Question • Tone Roads No. 1 • Hymn For Strings • Hallowe’en • The Gong On The Hook And Ladder
DG 429220; 1:57

Niccolò Paganini: Le streghe – Op. 8, (arr. for solo violin)
Rachel Barton Pine, violin
Instrument Of The Devil / Rachel Barton, Patrick Sinozich
Cedille 041; 10:07

Henry Cowell: The Banshee
Cowell, piano
Piano Music
Smithsonian Folkways 40801; 1:44

Hector Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique, Op. 14, V
Boston Symphony Orchestra/Charles Münch
Complete Collections – Munch Conducts Berlioz
RCA 6210; 8:46

Pickett, Capizzi: “Monster Mash”
Bobby (Boris) Pickett and The Crypt-Kickers
Dr. Demento 20th Anniversary Collection: The Greatest Novelty Records Of All Time
Rhino 70743; 3:15

Episode 2

Modest Mussorgsky: Night on Bald Mountain
Philadelphia Orchestra/Eugene Ormandy
Classics From The Crypt
RCA 61238; 11:41

Felix Mendelssohn: Die Erste Walpurgisnacht, Op. 60
Cleveland Orch & Chorus/Christoph Von Dohnanyi; Christine Cairns, mezzo-soprano; Jon Garrison, tenor; Tom Krause, baritone; Jeffrey Wells, bass-baritone
Classics – Mendelssohn: Symphony No 3, Etc / Dohnányi
Telarc 80184; 18:11, 14:33

Johannes Brahms: “Walpurgisnacht”, Op. 75/4
Gil Shaham, violin; Jonathan Feldman, piano
Complete Chamber Music
DG 463483; 1:49

Robert “Bob” Cobert: Theme from Dark Shadows
Cincinnati Pops Orchestra/Erich Kunzel
Scary Music
Telarc 80580; 1:31

Matthew Fisher: Procol Harum: “Repent Walpurgis” (excerpt)
Repent Walpurgis / Conquistador
Stateside FSS 628; 2:41

Episode 3

Edvard Grieg: “In the Hall of the Mountain King”
Philharmonia Orchestra/Andrew Davis
Fright Night
CBS 45530; 2:27

Antonio Bazzini: Round of the Goblins
Rachel Barton Pine, violin
Instrument Of The Devil / Rachel Barton, Patrick Sinozich
Cedille 041; 5:09

Joaquin Rodrigo: Seguidillas del diablo
Artur Pizarro, piano
Rodrigo Piano Works
Collins 14342; 4:06

Luigi Boccherini: Symphony In D Minor, Op. 12/4, La Casa Del Diavolo, III
Tafelmusik Orchestra/Jean Lamon
Symphony in D minor (“La casa del diavolo”), G. 506 (Op. 12/4)
RCA 7867; 5:49

György Ligeti: Piano Etudes, Book 2 –L’Escalier Du Diable
Pierre-Laurent Aimard, piano
Works For Piano: Études & Musica Ricercata
Sony 62308; 5:16

Franz Schubert: “Der Erlkönig,” D. 328
Malcolm Martineau, piano; Bryn Terfel, bass-baritone
An die Musik – Favorite Schubert Songs
DG 445294; 4:24

John Morris: “Transylvanian Lullaby” from Young Frankenstein
Gil Shaham, violin; Jonathan Feldman, piano
Morris: Young Frankenstein – A Transylvanian Lullaby
DG 463483; 3:59

Michael Tippett: “Ritual Dances” From The Midsummer Marriage (excerpts)
English Northern Philharmonia/Michael Tippet; Rita Cullis, soprano; Mark Curtis, tenor; Margaret McDonald, mezzo-soprano; Matthew Best, bass
Ritual Dances, Praeludium, Etc / Tippett
Nimbus 5217; 8:28

Malcolm Arnold: Tam O’Shanter – Overture, Op. 51
Philharmonia Orchestra/Sir Malcolm Arnold
British Composers Series – Malcolm Arnold: Symphony
EMI 64044; 7:56

Episode 4

Giuseppe Verdi: Macbeth – Act 3: “Tre Volte Miagola La Gatta In Fregola”
Chicago Symphony Orchestra & Chorus/Georg Solti
Macbeth / Act 3 – “Tre volte miagola la gatta in fregola”
London 430226; 4:06

Bedrich Smetana: Macbeth and the Witches
Radoslav Kvapil, piano
Macbeth and the Witches, for piano, JB 1:75
Unicorn 9152; 10:57

Hector Berlioz: La Damnation de FaustThe Ride to the Abyss, Pandemonium and Epilogue on Earth
Chicago Sympony Orchestra & Chorus/Sir Georg Solti; Kenneth Riegel, tenor; José van Dam, bass-baritone; Frederica von Stade, mezzo-soprano
La Damnation De Faust Highlights / Solti, Riegel, Von Stade
London 410181; 9:11

Manuel De Falla: El Amor Brujo
Montreal Symphony Orchestra/Charles Dutoit
The Three-cornered Hat, El Amor Brujo / Dutoit
London 410008; 24:15

John Williams: “Devil’s Dance” from The Witches of Eastwick (excerpt)
Gil Shaham, violin; Jonathan Feldman, piano
Devil’s Dance from the Witches of Eastwick
DG 463483; 3:37

Episode 5

Robert Schumann: Scenes From Goethe’s Faust (excerpts)
Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra/Claudio Abbado; soloists
Scenes from Goethe’s Faust / Terfel, Mattila, Abbado
Sony 66308; :56, 10:58

Franz Schubert: “Gretchen Am Spinnrade,” D. 118
Bernarda Fink, mezzo-soprano; Gerold Huber, piano
Lieder / Bernarda Fink, Gerold Huber
HM 901991; 3:39

Ferruccio Busoni: Doktor Faust (excerpts)
Lyon Opera Orchestra/Nagano; Henschel, baritone; Begley, tenor
Doktor Faust
Erato 25501; 6:51, 5:05

Ferruccio Busoni: “Lied des Mephistopheles” (Faust, Teil I)
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, baritone; Gerald Moore, piano
Recordings From the Archives
EMI 63167; 1:30

Jacques Offenbach: Les Contes D’Hoffmann – “Scintille, Diamant!”
Munich Radio Orchestra/Julius Rudel; Samuel Ramey, bass
Date the Devil
Naxos 8.555355; 4:11

Charles Gounod: Faust – “Le Veau D’Or Est Toujours Debout!”
Munich Radio Orchestra/Julius Rudel; Samuel Ramey, bass
Date the Devil
Naxos 8.555355; 2:18

Gustav Mahler: Symphony No. 8, “Symphony of a Thousand,” II (excerpts)
Bavarian Radio Orchestra & Chorus/Colin Davis; soloists
Mahler Symphony No. 8
RCA 68348; 13:30