Symphony, Part 11

August 31, 2020, 7:00 pm

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Join us as we continue our journey exploring the symphonic form. In this week you’ll hear familiar pieces from Copland, Prokofiev, Hindemith, and Piston, as well as intriguing works from some of their contemporaries who may have slipped under your radar. Please let us introduce you to American works by Carpenter, Cowell, and Hanson; Finnish symphonies by Madetoja, Melartin, and Merikanto; the Austrian composers Gál, Schmidt, Toch, and Zemlinsky; and other symphonists from England, France, Russia and Spain. We’ll even sample some works from the conductors Wilhelm Furtwängler and Otto Klemperer, who wrote 9 symphonies between them.


Episode 1

Arnold Edward Trevor Bax: Symphony 1 – I. Allegro
London Philharmonic Orchestra/Bryden Thomson
Symphony No. 1 / Christmas Eve
Chandos CHAN 8480; 2:01 (excerpt)

Arnold Edward Trevor Bax: Symphony No. 4 – II. Lento Moderato
Ulster Orchestra/Bryden Thomson
Symphony No. 1 / Christmas Eve
Chandos CHAN 8480; 13:55

Arnold Edward Trevor Bax: Symphony No. 7 – III. Theme and Variations
Allegro — Andante — Vivace — Epilogue. Sereno
London Philharmonic Orchestra/Bryden Thomson
Symphony No. 7 / Four Songs
Chandos CHAN 8628; 14:17

Arnold Edward Trevor Bax: Tintagel
Ulster Orchestra/ Bryden Thomson
Symphony No. 4/Tintagel
Chandos CHAN 8312; 14:59

Gordon Percival Septimus Jacob CBE: Symphony No. 2 in C Major
III. Scherzo; Molto allegro, quasi presto
London Philharmonic /Barry Wordsworth
Gordon Jacob Symphonies 1& 2
Lyrita SRCD 315; 5:01

Episode 2

John Alden Carpenter: Symphony No. 2
I. Moderato II. Andante III. Allegro
National Symphony Orchestra Of Ukraine/ John McLaughlin Williams
Adventures in a Peramnulator / Symphonies No 1 & 2
Naxos 8.559065; 6:09, 6:39, 6:19

Aaron Copland: “Short Symphony” – 1. Incisivo 2. Espressivo 3. Presto E Ritmico
Orpheus Chamber Orchestra
Aaron Copland/Appalachian Spring, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra
DG 427 335-2; 4:27, 5:27, 5:56

Roger Sessions: Symphony No. 1: II. Largo
Japan Philharmonic Orchestra/Akeo Watanabe
Symphonies Nos. 1, 2, 3
CRI NWCR573; 7:28

Roger Sessions: Symphony No. 2: III. Adagio tranquillo ed espressivo
New York Philharmonic/Dimitri Mitropoulos
Symphonies Nos. 1, 2, 3
CRI NWCR573; 7:33

Episode 3

Walter Piston: Symphony No. 2 – 1. Moderato 3. Allegro
Boston Symphony Orchestra/Michael Tilson Thomas
Ruggles: Sun-treader, Piston: Symphony No. 2, Schuman: Violin Concerto
DG 429 860-2; 10:40, 4:53

Walter Piston: Symphony No. 6
III. Adagio sereno IV. Allegro energico
Boston Symphony Orchestra/Charles Münch
Piston: Symphony No. 6 / Martinu: Fantaisies Symphoniques (Symphony No.6)
AGL1- 3794; 9:32, 4:16

Roy Harris: Born on Lincoln’s Birthday, in a log cabin in Chandler, Oklahoma
Colorado Symphony Orchestra/Marin Alsop
HARRIS: Symphonies Nos. 3 and 4
Naxos 8.559227; 18:03

Episode 4

Leevi Madetoja: Symphony No 3, Op. 55: I. Andantino II – Adagio
Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra/Jukka-Pekka Saraste
Symphony No. 3 / Ostrobothnians, Suite Op. 52 / Okon Fuoko, Suite Op. 58
Finlandia 4509-96867-2; 6:49, 6:31

Ernst Toch: Symphony No. 3: I. Molto adagio
Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra/William Steinberg
Mathis Der Maler / Symphony No. 3
Capitol Records P8364; 13:10

Joaquín Turina: Sinfonia Sevillana, Op. 23
I. Panorama
II. Por El Rio Guadalquivir
III. Fiesta En San Juan De Aznalfarache
Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra/ Jesús López-Cobos
Turina: Danzas Fantasticas, Sinfonia Sevillana, Etc
Telarc 80574; 7:33, 7:10, 7:06

Episode 5

Paul Hindemith: Symphony in E-flat:  I. Sehr lebhaft
London Symphony Orchestra/Adrian Boult
Hindemith* / The London Philharmonic Orchestra / Sir Adrian Boult ‎– Symphony in E Flat
Everest SDBR 3008; 5:10

Paul Hindemith: Symphonic Metamorphosis
II. Turandot Scherzo
Philadelphia Orchestra/Eugene Ormandy
Mathis Der Maler / Symphonic Metamorphoses Of Themes By Weber
Columbia Masterworks MS 6562; 7:54

Igor Stravinsky: Symphony in 3 Movements: III. Con Moto
CBC Symphony Orchestra/Igor Stravinsky
Stravinsky Conducts Stravinsky
(Symphony Of Psalms / Symphony In C / Symphony In Three Movements)
CBS Mk 42434; 9:24

Aaron Copland: Symphony No. 3
1. Molto Moderato
4. Molto Deliberato, Allegro Risoluto
New York Philharmonic Orchestra/ Leonard Bernstein
Copland: Symphony No 3, Quiet City / Bernstein, New York PO
DG 419170-2; 11:01, 14:04