Proud Tower, Part I

March 13, 2023, 7:00 pm

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Bill gains his inspiration for these two weeks of Exploring Music from Barbara Tuchman’s book The Proud Tower: A Portrait of the World Before the War, 1890-1914. This was a gilded age for music that brought us boldly into the 20th century. We will listen to music from many composers and their countries—Elgar from Britain, Schoenberg from Austria, and Bill closes this first week with French composer Claude Debussy’s La Mer.


Episode 1

Dvorák, Antonin: Largo fr. Symphony No.9 (excerpts)
Cleveland Orchestra/ Szell
Three Great Symphonies
Sony MH2K 63151

Dvorák, Antonin: Largo fr. Symphony No.9 (excerpts)
Cleveland Orchestra/ Szell
Three Great Symphonies
Sony MH2K 63151

Wagner, Richard: Finale: Immolation Of The Gods fr. Götterdämmerung
Wiener Philharmoniker/ Solti
Der Ring Des Nibelungen – Excerpts
Decca 410 137-2

Strauss Jr., Joseph: Geschichten Aus Dem Wienerwald, Op. 325
Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra/ Karajan
Radetzky Marsch
DG 410 027-2

Brahms, Johannes: Clarinet Quintet In B Minor, Op. 115-  Allegro
Emerson String Quartet; Shifrin, clarinet
Mozart, Brahms: Clarinet Quintets / Shifrin, Emerson Quartet
DG 459 641-2

Bruckner, Anton: Symphony #8 In C Minor, WAB 108, I
LSO/ Tennstedt
Bruckner: Symphony No 8 In C Minor / Tennstedt, Nolan, London Po
EMI 764849

Verdi, Giuseppe: Falstaff, Act I Scene I
Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra/ Abbado
Bryn Terfel (Falstaff), Enrico Facini (Dr. Caius), Anatoly Kotscherga (Pistol), Anthony Mee (Bardolf)
Verdi: Falstaff / Abbado, Terfel, Pieczonka, Berlin Po, Etc
DG 471 194-2

Episode 2

Brahms, Johannes: Intermezzo in b minor, Op. 119 (excerpt)
Richard Goode, piano
Brahms: Piano Pieces Opp 76 & 119, Etc / Richard Goode
Nonesuch 79154

Dvorák, Antonin: Symphony No.9: II. Largo
Cleveland Orchestra/ Szell
Three Great Symphonies
Sony 63151

Tchaikovsky, Pyotr: Sym. No. 6 h-moll, op.74, Pathétique, IV
New York Phil/ Bernstein
Tchaikovsky: Symphonies (Complete)
Sony 47635

Debussy, Claude: Prélude À L’Après-Midi D’Un Faune, L 86
Cleveland Orchestra/ Boulez
Debussy: Images, Etc / Boulez, Cleveland Orchestra
DG 435 766-2

Strauss, Richard: Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche,Op. 28
CSO/ Solti
R. Strauss: Also Sprach Zarathustra, Don Juan, Etc / Solti
London 414043-2

Episode 3

Strauss, Richard: Zarathustra, op. 30: Einleitung
CSO/ Solti
Also Sprach Zarathustra / Don Juan / Till Eulenspiegel
London 440618

Strauss, Richard: Ein Heldenleben, Op.40 (excerpt)
Chicago Symphony Orchestra/ Reiner
Ein Heldenleben
RCA RCD1-5408

Boynton, Sandra: Moo, Moo, Moo, Quack, Quack (excerpt)
Dog Train
fr. the CD/book The Dog Train
ISBN-13: 9780761139669

Mahler, Gustav: Des Knaben Wunderhorn: “Lob des hohen Verstandes”
Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra/ Bernstein; Schmidt, baritone.
Mahler – Vol. 1
DG 459 081-2

Mahler, Gustav: “Wo die schönen Trompeten blasen”
Morris, piano; Baker, mezzo soprano
Des Knaben Wunderhorn (The Young Magic Horn)
Nimbus 5084

Ravel, Maurice: Habanera fr. Sites Auriculaires
Laredo, piano.; Rouvier, piano
Ravel: Bolero; Pieces for 2 Pianos Import
Denon 33C37-7907

Chausson, Ernest: Poeme, Op. 25
Orchestre de Paris/ Martinon; Perlman, violin
Saint Saens: Introduction & Rondo Capriccioso.
EMI 47725

Dukas, Paul: The Sorcerer’s Apprentice
Philadelphia Orchestra/ Ormandy
The Fantastic Philadelphians
RCA 09026-63313-2

Episode 4

Sibelius, Jean: Symphony No. 1 in e minor, Op. 39, I
Boston Symphony Orchestra/ Davis
Sibelius: The Complete Symphonies Vol 1 / Davis, Boston So
Philips 416 600-2

Puccini, Giacomo: Musetta’s Waltz fr. La Bohème, Act II
New Philharmonia Orchestra/ Downes; Price, soprano
Amore – Opera’s Greatest Romances / Price, Domingo
RCA 59420

Puccini, Giacomo: “O Soave Fanciulla” fr. La Bohème
London Philharmonic Orchestra/ Solti;
Caballe, soprano; Domingo,tenor
La Boheme
RCA 63299

Rachmaninoff, Sergei: Moment Musicaux No. 2
Hobson, piano
Rachmaninoff: Early Piano Works
Arabesque Z6685

Rachmaninoff, Sergei: Moment Musicaux No. 2
Hobson, piano
Rachmaninoff: Early Piano Works
Arabesque Z6685

Beach, Amy: Symphony in E minor, Op.32, Gaelic, I
Detroit Symphony/ Järvi
Samuel Barber, Amy Beach; Detroit Symphony Orchestra Neeme Jarv
Chandos 8958

Ives, Charles: The Circus Band
San Francisco Symphony/ Tilson Thomas
Ives – An American Journey / Tilson Thomas, San Francisco So
RCA 63703

Rosas, Juventino: Sobre las Olas (Over the Waves)
London Symphony Orchestra/ Gibson
Dance Classics
Main Street 6605

Dvorák, Antonin: Rusalka, Op. 114- “Song To The Moon”

LSO/ Solti; Fleming, soprano
Renée Fleming – Signatures / Solti, London Symphony
London 455 760-2

Episode 5

Sousa, John Philip: The Liberty Bell March (excerpt)
Eastman Wind Ensemble/ Fennell
Fennell Conducts Sousa
Mercury 434300

Herbert, Victor: March Of The Toys fr. Babes in Toyland
St. Louis Symphony/ Slatkin
The American Album
RCA 60778

Elgar, Edvard: Cockaigne Overture, Op. 40, “In London Town”
LSO/ Previn
Elgar: Complete Symphonies, Etc / André Previn
Phil 454250

Schoenberg, Arnold: Verklarte Nacht (excerpt)
Nash Ensemble
Shostakovich Schoenberg
Virgin Classics 93478

Schoenberg, Arnold: Gürrelieder – Orchestervorspiel (excerpt)
Berlin Philharmonic/ Rattle
EMI 57303

Zemlinsky, Alexander von: Die Seejungfrau, III
Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra/ Chailly
Entartete Musik – Zemlinsky: Die Seejungfrau, Etc / Chailly
Decca 444969

Debussy, Claude: La Mer, I + III (excerpt)
Lucerne Festival Orchestra/ Abbado
Debussy: La Mer & Mahler: Symphony No. 2
DG 4775082