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Playlist for December 27-31, 2010: The Symphony, Part VII

Monday

Anton Rubinstein: Symphony No. 1 in F major, Op. 40, I, II, IV
Slovak State Philharmonic Orchestra (Kosice)/Stankovsky
Naxos 8.555476
:52, 2:43, 9:07
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Rubinstein: Symphony No. 2 in C Major, Op. 42, Ocean, I, IV, VI, VII
Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra/Gunzenhauser
Marco Polo 8.220449
11:47, 24:31, 1:38
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Rubenstein: Kamennoi-Ostrow Op. 10, No. 22
Josef Lhévinne, p
Masters of the roll Disc. 16: James Stewart Music (Amazon)
1:38 excerpt
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Tuesday

Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov: Symphony No. 1, Op. 1 in E Minor, I, III
Philharmonia Orchestra/Butt
ASV 1024
9:15, 5:00
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Mily Balakirev: Symphony 1 in C, I (excerpt), II (excerpt), III
Philharmonia Orchestra/Karajan
EMI 63316
1:22, 1:07, 3:47, 6:44, :36
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Rimsky-Korsakov: Symphony #2 In F Sharp Minor, Op. 9, Antar, I, IV, II (excerpt at end of program)
Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra/Maazel
Telarc 80131
12:44, 8:20, 1:48
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Wednesday

Alexander Borodin: Polovtsian Dances from Prince Igor (excerpt)
Chicago Symphony Orchestra/Ozawa
EMI 47617
1:27
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Borodin: Symphony No. 1, I, IV
Toronto Symphony Orchestra/Davis
Sony 62406
:39, 13:18
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Borodin: Symphony #2 in B Minor
Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra/Davis
Seraphim 69021
27:10, 1:08
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Borodin (completed post. by Glazunov): Symphony No. 3, I
Toronto Symphony Orchestra/Davis
Sony 62406
8:04
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Thursday

Alexander Glazunov: Symphony No. 1 in E major, Op. 5, Slavyanskaya, I
Royal Scottish National Orchestra/Serebrier
Warner 2564-68904-2
10:11
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Glazunov: Symphony No. 7 in F Maj, Op. 77, Pastoral, II & III
Royal Scottish National Orchestra/Serebrier
Warner 2564-63236-2
16:46
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Reinhold Gliere: Russian Sailor’s Dance from The Red Poppy (excerpt)
Philadelphia Orchestra/Ormandy
CBS 45659
:28
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Gliere: Symphony No. 3 in B minor, Op. 42, Ilya Muromets, I & III
BBC Philharmonic Orchestra/Downes
Chandos 9041
15:11
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Sergei Lyapunov: Symphony No. 2 in B-flat minor, Op. 66
USSR Symphony Orchestra/Svetlanov
Melodiya 10 00173
6:59
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Friday

Alexander Scriabin: Symphony No. 2 in C minor, Op. 29, III, IV, V
USSR Symphony Orchestra/Svetlanov
RDCD 11057
2:21, 13:25, 2:49
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Scriabin: Symphony No. 3 in C minor, Op. 43, The Divine Poem: I. Introduction & III. Jeu Divin
Philadelphia Orchestra/Muti
EMI 49115
35:53
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Playlist for December 20-24, 2010: Bach Xmas Oratorio

Monday
J.S. Bach: Cantata No. 1 from the Christmas Oratorio- For the 1st day of Christmas
Monteverdi Choir & English Baroque Soloists/Gardiner
Archiv 423232
24:33
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J.S. Bach: Sonata No. 3 in C Major, BWV 1005
Hilary Hahn, v.
Sony 62793
25:09
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Tuesday
J.S. Bach: Cantata No. 2 from the Christmas Oratorio (for the 2nd day of Christmas)
Monteverdi Choir & English Baroque Soloists/Gardiner
Archiv 423232
26:51
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J.S. Bach: Suite No. 3 in C Major, BWV 1005
Pierre Fournier, vc.
DG 449711
22:54
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Wednesday
J.S. Bach: Cantata No. 3 from the Christmas Oratorio (for the 3rd day of Christmas)
Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Choir/Koopman; Larrson, s.; Von Magnus, a.; Pre-gardien, t.; Mertens, b.
Erato 14635
22:13, 3:39
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J.S. Bach: Orchestral Suite No. 2, BWV 1067
Berlin Baroque Soloists/Kussmaul; Pahud, fl.
EMI 57111
19:27
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J.S. Bach: “Erfreute Zeit” from Cantata No. 83
Venice Baroque Orch./Marcon; Kirchschlager, s.
Sony 89924
6:47
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Thursday
J.S. Bach: Cantata No. 4 from the Christmas Oratorio (for the 4th day of Christmas)
Rundfunkchor Leipzig & Staatskapelle Dresden/Schreier
Phil 420204
22:44
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J.S. Bach: Sonata No. 1 for Viola da Gamba & Keyboard, BWV 1027
Rose, vc. Gould, p.
Sony 52615
13:04
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J.S. Bach/arr. Stokowski: Passacaglia and fugue in d minor, BWV 565
Stokowski Symphony Orchestra
EMI 66385
13:39
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Friday
J.S. Bach: Cantatas 5 & 6 from the Christmas Oratorio (For the 5th and 6th days of Christmas)
English Baroque Soloists & the Monteverdi Choir/Gardiner
Archiv 423232
21:18, 22:54
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J.S. Bach: Concerto for 2 Violins, BWV 1043, II
Academy of Ancient Music/Manze; Manze, Podger, vlns.
HM 907155
6:30
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Exploring Music: Bach Christmas Oratorio

Happy Holidays from Exploring Music!

This week on Exploring Music, we’ll explore the six cantatas performed in Leipzig’s St. Thomas and St. Nicholas Churches in December 1734 that make up J.S. Bach’s Christmas Oratorio.

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Playlist for December 13-17, 2010: Beethoven Quartets

Monday

Beethoven: Op. 18, No. 3 String Quartet, I & IV
Guarneri Quartet
RCA 60456
7:56, 5:51
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Beethoven: Op. 18, No. 1 String Quartet, I & II
Emerson String Quartet
DG 447075
8:31, 8:44
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Beethoven: Op. 18, No. 2 String Quartet, I, III & IV
Alban Berg Quartet
EMI 62781
7:54, 4:26, 5:13
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Tuesday

Beethoven: Op. 18, No. 4 String Quartet, IV
Tokyo String Quartet
RCA 61621
4:18
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Beethoven: Op. 18, No. 5 String Quartet, III & IV
Talich Quartet
Calliope 3633/9
9:00, 5:10
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Beethoven: Op. 18, No. 6 String Quartet, III & IV
Emerson String Quartet
DG 447075
2:58, 8:15
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Beethoven: Op. 59, No. 1 String Quartet, I
Julliard Quartet
Sony 87889
10:37

Beethoven: Op. 59, No. 3 String Quartet, IV
Guarneri Quartet
RCA 60457
5:25
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Wednesday

Beethoven: Op. 59, No. 2 String Quartet, III & IV
Fine Arts Quartet
Music & Arts 1154
7:26, 5:18
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Beethoven: Op. 59, No. 3 String Quartet, II
Emerson String Quartet
DG 447075
8:49
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Beethoven: Op. 74 String Quartet, I
Takács Quartet
Decca 470847
9:36
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Beethoven: Op. 95 String Quartet
Alban Berg Quartet
EMI 54592
19:30
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Thursday

Beethoven: Op. 95 String Quartet (excerpt)
Alban Berg Quartet
EMI 54592
2:05
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Beethoven: Op. 127 String Quartet, I
Guarneri String Quartet
RCA 60458
7:11
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Beethoven: Op. 130 String Quartet, IV + Grosse Fuga
Emerson String Quartet
DG 447075
7:12 + :20
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Beethoven: Op. 131 String Quartet
Emerson String Quartet
DG 447075
35:43
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Friday

Beethoven: Op. 130 (excerpt) Op. 133 “Grosse Fuge”
Emerson Quartet
DG 447075
3:48, 14:41
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Beethoven: Op. 132 String Quartet, II
Fine Arts Quartet
Music & Arts 1154
16:08
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Beethoven: Op. 135 String Quartet, III & IV
Alban Berg Quartet
EMI 76824
8:50, 5:44
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Exploring Music: The Beethoven String Quartets

This week on Exploring Music, we’ll be tracing the life of Ludwig van Beethoven through his String Quartets in celebration of his 240th Birthday.

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Beethoven was the pupil of Franz Joseph Haydn starting at the age of 21.  As Haydn was a master of the string quartet form, Beethoven waited until he was 30 years old before publishing his first string quartets, named Opus 18.

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The sixth and last of his Op. 18 String Quartets, String Quartet Op. 18, No. 6 in Bb major is the most unorthodox and adventurous for 1801, the year it was published.

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In 1802, Beethoven began to lose his hearing, and in a letter to his brother expresses his feelings of despair.  At the same time, however, he begins to find his own voice as a composer.

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In 1806, Beethoven published the “Razumovsky” Quartets in which Beethoven weaves Russian themes into the music.  We’ll listen to Beethoven’s String Quartet Op. 59, No. 2.

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In 1825, Beethoven was overcome by an illness so severe that for a short while he was unable to compose.  When he recovered, he composed the String Quartet No. 15 in A minor, Op. 132, “Heiliger dankgesange.”

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To bring our week to a close, we’ll listen to the final two movements of Beethoven’s final quartet, String Quartet No. 16 in F major, Op. 135.

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Exploring Music: Grieg and Sibelius

This week on Exploring Music, we’ll be listening to the wonderful music of two great Scandinavian composers:  Edvard Grieg and Jean Sibelius.  Join us!

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Playlist for December 6-10, 2010: Grieg & Sibelius

Monday

Grieg: Piano Sonata in e minor, Op. 7, IV
Pletnev, p.
DG 459671
2:16, 8:20
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Grieg: Symphony in c minor, II
Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra/Järvi
DG 427321
7:08
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Grieg: “Jeg Elsker Dig (I love but thee),” Op. 5 No. 3
Bonney, s.; Pappano, p.
Decca 466762
1:35
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Grieg: Concerto for Piano and Orchestra in a minor, Op. 16, I & II
Berlin Phil/Jansons; Andsnes, p.
EMI 57562
18:50
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Grieg: Norwegian Dances, Op. 35, #4 & #2
Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra/Järvi
DG 419431
7:33
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Tuesday

Grieg: Dawn, Anitra’s Dance & In the Hall of the Mountain King fr. Peer Gynt Suite #1, Op. 46
New York Phil/Bernstein
CBS 36718
3:46, 6:06
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Grieg: “Solveig’s Song” from Peer Gynt
Bonney, s.; Pappano, p.
Decca 466762
5:02
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Grieg: String Quartet in g minor, Op. 27, I (excerpt), IV
Guarneri String Quartet
Phil 426286
1:36, 8:20
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Grieg: Praeludium & Gavotte fr. Holberg Suite, Op. 40
Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields/Marriner
Phil 412727
5:56
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Anon: Ganger etter Myllarguten
Andsnes, p.
EMI 56541
1:11
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Wednesday

Sibelius: Overture fr. Karelia Suite, Op. 11
Finnish Radio Symphony/Saraste
RCA 7765
2:37
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Sibelius: Piano Quintet in g minor, I (excerpt)
Sibelius Academy Quartet, Tawaststjerna, p.
Finlandia 375
1:28
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Sibelius: Kullervo, Op. 7, I (excerpt), IV (excerpt) & V
Helsinki Phil/Berglund
EMI 47496
2:07, :23, 9:39
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Sibelius: Intermezzo fr. Karelia Suite, Op. 11
Finnish Radio Symphony/Saraste
RCA 7765
3:45
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Sibelius: Swan of Tuonela fr. Lemminkäinen Suite, Op. 22, No. 3
Los Angeles Phil/Salonen
Sony 48067
9:33
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Sibelius: Symphony No. 1 in e minor, Op. 39, I & II
Finnish Radio Symphony/Saraste
RCA 7765
20:31
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Thursday

Sibelius: Finlandia, Op. 26
BSO/Davis
Phil 446160
7:48
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Sibelius: Symphony No. 2 in D Major, Op. 43, I
BSO/Davis
Phil 446557
9:41
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Sibelius: Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in d minor, Op. 47, I
Helsinki Chamber Orchestra/Barbirolli; Szeryng, v.
Intaglio 7201
14:52

Sibelius: Symphony No. 2 in D Major, Op. 43, III & IV
Oslo Phil/Jansons
EMI 54804
14:53
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Friday

Sibelius: At the Castle Gate fr. Pelleas and Mellisande, Op. 46
Tapiola Sinfonietta/Ollila
Ondine 952
2:05
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Sibelius: Quartet for Strings in D minor, Op. 56, Voces intimae, I & II
Juilliard String Quartet
Sony 48193
9:03
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Sibelius: Symphony No. 5 in E flat Major, Op. 82, I
Philharmonia Orchestra/Salonen
CBS 42366
:48, 1:28, 14:01
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Symphony No. 5 in E flat Major, Op. 82, II & III
BSO/Davis
Phil 446157
17:03, :44
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Romance fr. Four Pieces, Op. 78
Mork, vc.; Thibaudet, p.
Virgin 45034
3:07
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