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Archive for February, 2011

Playlists for February 28 – March 4: American Masters, Part II

The second in a multi-week series celebrating American composers in the first half of the 20th century.

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Monday

Charles T. Griffes: Poem For Flute & Orchestra
Buffalo Philharmonic/Falletta; Carol Wincenc, fl.
Naxos 8.559164
10:05
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Griffes: The White Peacock
Buffalo Philharmonic/Falletta
Naxos 8.559164
5:45
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Griffes: “Meeres Stille”
Thomas Hampson, bar.; Armen Guzelimian, p.
Teldec 72168
2:03
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Wallingford Riegger: Dance Rhythms, Op. 58a
Eastman Rochester Philharmonic/Hanson
CRI 572
7:32
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Riegger: Wind Quintet
Dunkel, fl.; Taylor, ob.; Blackwell, cl.; Morelli, bsn.; Rose, hn.
New World 80285
6:46
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William Grant Still: Suite for Violin and Piano
I. African Dancer
II. Mother and Child
III. Gamin

Clifford Panton, v. Jason Alfred, p.
Centaur Records 2750
14:50
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Still: Summerland fr. Three Visions (excerpt)
Kelly Hall-Tompkins, v.; Craig Ketter, p.
MSR 1278
1:39
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Tuesday

George Antheil: A Jazz Symphony
Ensemble Modern
RCA 68066
6:35
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William Grant Still: Afro-American Symphony, II & III
Cincinnati Philharmonia/Jindong Cai
Centaur 2331
8:27
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Ernst Bacon: Remembering Ansel Adams
Warsaw Philharmonic/Swoboda; Richard Stoltzman, cl.
CRI 779
14:31
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Harry Partch: Study on Olympos' Pentatonic fr. Two Studies
on Ancient Greek Scales

John Schneider, guitar; Amy Shulman, harp
Bridge 9041
1:14
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Partch: 8 Hitchhiker Inscriptions from a Highway Railing at
Barstow, California
II. Gentlemen
III. Considered Pretty
IV. A Very Good Idea

John Schneider, baritone & adapted guitar
Bridge 9041
2:27
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Partch: Ulysses At The Edge Of The World
Gate 5 Ensemble
New World 80621
6:41
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Louise Talma: Quiet Time, A Heavy Load & Jumping High fr.
Soundshots

Sahan Arzruni, p.
New World 80590
3:22
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Partch: Study on Archytas’ Enharmonic fr. Two Studies
on Ancient Greek Scales

John Schneider, guitar; Amy Shulman, harp
Bridge 9041
2:16
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Wednesday

Marc Blitzstein: Concerto For Piano & Orchestra, I
Brooklyn Philharmonic/Foss; Barrett, p.
CRI 750
10:50
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Blitzstein: “The Purest Kind of Guy” (Joe’s Birthday Song)
from the opera No For An Answer

Paul Robeson, b.
Sony 63223
3:25
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Miriam Gideon: Eclogue for Flute and Piano
I. Lively and singing

Patricia Spencer, fl.; David Oei, p.
New World 80393
2:35
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Gideon: “She Weeps Over Rahoon”
William Sharp, bar.; Walter Hilse, p.
New World 80393
1:45
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Elliott Carter: Elegy
Arditti Quartet
Montaigne 782010
3:51
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Gian Carlo Menotti: “Monica’s Waltz” fr. The Medium
Metropolitan Opera Orchestra/Levine; Fleming, sop.
London 460579
5:42
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Menotti: Violin Concerto, II
Pacific Symphony Orchestra/Clark; Ricci, v.
Reference Recordings 45
7:38
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Barber/Menotti: “Must the Winter Come so Soon?” fr. Vanessa
BBC Symphony Orchestra/Slatkin; Graham, ms.
Chandos 5032
2:34
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Menotti: Sebastian (excerpts)
I. Introduction
V. Sebastian’s Dance
II. Barcarolle

Spoleto Festival Orchestra/Hickox
Chandos 9900
8:38
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Menotti: Violin Concerto, I (excerpt)
Pacific Symphony Orchestra/Clark; Ricci, v.
Reference Recordings 45
1:31
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Thursday

Irving Fine: Quartet for Strings: Adagio non troppo
Lydian String Quartet
Nonesuch 79175
3:18
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Fine: Childhood Fables for Grownups
3. Lenny The Leopard, Dedicated to Leonard Bernstein
4. The Frog And The Snake, Dedicated to Lukas Foss

Susan Davenny Wyner, soprano; Yehudi Wyner, piano
CRI 574
3:48
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Fine: Partita
I. Allegro Moderato
II. Poco Vivace
III. Adagio

Boehm Quintet
Premier 1006
6:17
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Norman Dello Joio: Meditations on Ecclesiastes
I. Largo
II. Theme, Adagio con sentimento (…a time to be born…)

Philharmonia Orchestra/Amos
Kleos 5119
6:03
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Alan Hovhaness: Symphony No. 66, Hymn To Glacier Peak
I. Andante Maestoso

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra/Schwarz
Telarc 80604
9:10
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Elie Siegmeister: Ten Minutes for Four Players
I. Moderately Tranquil

Boehm Quintette
Premier 1006
4:43
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Kent Kennan: Night Soliloquy For Flute, Strings & Piano
Czech National Symphony Orchestra/Freeman; Stolper, fl.
Cedille 90000046
3:59
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Alwin Nikolais: Tribe: Dance 2
Nikolais, Moog synthesizer
CRI 651
2:59
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John Cage: Dream
John Schneider, guitar; Amy Shulman, harp
Bridge 9041
6:46
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Friday

David Diamond: The Enormous Room (Fantasia For Orchestra)
Seattle Symphony Orchestra/Schwarz
Naxos 8.559157
15:31
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Diamond: Allegro Vivo from Symphony #3
Seattle Symphony Orchestra/Schwarz
Naxos 8.559155
5:58
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Diamond: Elegy In Memory Of Maurice Ravel
Orchestra of St. Luke’s/John Adams
Nonesuch 79249
6:20
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Diamond: Partita for Oboe, Bassoon and Piano
II. Adagio espressivo

Michael Henoch, ob.; Bruce Grainger, bsn. &
Deborah Sobol, p. (Chicago Chamber Musicians)
Cedille 23
3:23
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Diamond: Prelude In C Sharp Minor & Prelude In C Major
William Black, p.
New World Records 80508
2:39
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Diamond: Overture, Balcony Scene, Romeo & Friar Laurence,
Juliet & her Nurse fr. Romeo and Juliet

New York Chamber Orchestra/Schwarz
Delos 3103
14:04
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Diamond: Fugue in E minor (excerpt)
William Black, p.
New World Records 80508
1:05
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Playlists for February 21-25: George Frederic Handel

This week we’ll examine the life and music of England’s most celebrated German composer.

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Monday

Handel: “The Lord Our Enemy Has Slain” fr. Esther
Orchestra of the Sixteen/Christophers
Collins 70402
2:37
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Handel: Sonata Op. 2 in g minor, I & II
London Baroque
HM 901379
4:06
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Handel: Suite of Dances fr. Almira, I-IV
Academy for Ancient Music Berlin
HM 901852
9:52
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Handel: “Vedrai s’ a tuo dispetto” fr. Almira
Brandenburg Consort/Goodman; Kirkby, s.
Hyp 66860
4:37
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Handel: Overture fr. Nero (excerpt)
Parley of Instruments/Holman
Hyp 67053
2:27
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Handel: Overture fr. Rodrigo (excerpt)
Overture fr. Rodrigo (excerpt)
Hyp 67053
3:36
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Handel: “Perché viva il caro sposo” fr. Rodrigo
Brandenburg Consort/Goodman; Kirkby, s.
Hyp 66860
6:01
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Handel: Allemande & Rigaudon fr. Florindo
Parley of Instruments/Holman
Hyp 67053
2:39
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Handel: Sinfonia fr. Agrippina
English Concert/Pinnock
Archiv 419219
3:59
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Handel: “Pensieri, voi mi tormente” & “Bel piacere” fr. Agrippina
Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment/Bicket; Fleming, s.
London B0003160-02
6:57
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Tuesday

Handel: “Pensieri, voi mi tormente” fr. Agrippina
Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment/Bicket; Fleming, s.
Lon B0003160-02
1:52
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Handel: “Lascia ch’io pianga” & “Scherzando sul tuo volto” fr. Rinaldo
Academy of Ancient Music/Hogwood; Bartoli, ms.; Daniels, cten.
Lon 473380
8:30
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Handel: Overture fr. Il Pastor Fido (excerpt)
English Concert/Pinnock; Standage, v.
Archiv 419219
3:20
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Handel: Utrecht Te Deum (excerpts)
Academy of Ancient Music & Choir of Christ Church Cathedral/Preston; soloists
Ois 414413
11:22
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Handel: Water Music- Suite in D Major
English Concert/Pinnock
Archiv 410525
21:03, 1:45
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Wednesday

Handel: Sinfonia fr. Acis & Galatea
Scottish Chamber Orchestra/Gibson
ASV 6188
3:12
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Handel: “Oh didst thou know” fr. Acis & Galatea
Academy of St. Martin in the Fields/Marriner; Battle, s.
EMI 49179
7:23
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Handel: “I rage, I melt, I burn!” fr. Acis & Galatea
Scottish Chamber Orchestra/Mackerras; Terfel, bar.
DG 453480
4:22
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Handel: Esther (excerpts)
Orchestra & Choir of The Sixteen/Christophers
Collins 70402
16:50, 6:46
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Handel: Gavotte fr. Ottone
Orchestre Baroque de Montréal/Thiffault
Atma 2157
2:06
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Handel: “Come to me, soothing sleep” fr. Ottone
Ferrier, alto; Moore, p.
EMI 610032
4:14
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Handel: Sarabande & Gigue fr. Keyboard Suite in g minor, HWV 452
Jarrett, p.
ECM 1530
3:34
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Thursday

Handel: Overture fr. Giolio Cesare
Concerto Köln/Jacobs
HM 901385.87
3:01
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Handel: “Piangerò la sorte mia” fr. Giolio Cesare
Academy of St. Martin in the Fields/Marriner; Battle, s.
EMI 49179
6:22
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Handel: Giolio Cesare (excerpts)
Concerto Köln/Jacobs
HM 901385.87
13:46
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Handel: Concerto Grosso in F Major, Op. 3 No. 4b
Concentus Musicus Wien/Harnoncourt
Teldec 8.35545
10:19
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Handel: Violin Sonata in G major, HWV 358
Manze, v.; Egarr, hps.
HM 907259
4:39
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Handel: Zadok the Priest
Academy of St. Martin in the Fields/Marriner
Phil 412733-2
5:27
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Handel: Concerto for Organ No. 6 in B-flat Major
Academy of St. Martin in the Fields/Marriner; Malcolm, hps.
Lon 458333
6:29
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Friday

Handel: “See, the Conqu’ring Hero Comes” fr. Judas Maccabaeus
Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields/Marriner
Phil 412733-2
3:24
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Handel: Concerto Grosso in G Major, Op. 6 No. 1
Academy of Ancient Music/Manze
HM 907228.29
11:04
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Handel: “Revenge, Timotheus cries” fr. Alexander’s Feast & “Ombra mai fu” fr. Serses
Scottish Chamber Orchestra/Mackerras; Terfel, bar.
DG 453480
7:12, 3:00
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Handel: Music for the Royal Fireworks
LSO/Szell
Lon 417694
14:19
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Handel: “Worthy is the Lamb” & Hallelujah Chorus fr. Messiah
English Baroque Soloists & Monteverdi Choir/Gardiner
Phil 411041
7:26, 3:47
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Playlists for February 14-18: It was a Lover and his Lass

This week on Exploring Music, composers influenced by the elixir of love.

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Monday

It Was a Lover and His Lass (excerpt)
Ken ‘Snakehips’ Johnson & His West Indian Dance Band
British Library Nat’l Sound archive
:47 (excerpt)
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Debussy: L’Isle Joyeuse, L 106
Kocsis, p.
Phillips 422 404
6:12
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Berlioz: Romeo and Juliet; Love Scene (Adagio)
Chicago Symphony Orchestra/Giulini
EMI 47616
16:52
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Bizet: Flower Song fr. Carmen
Domingo, tenor
Decca 466 480
3:57
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Dvorák: “Lasst Mich Allein,” Op. 82/1
Angelika Kirschschlager, s. Helmut Deutsch, p.
Sony 73716
4:28
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Dvorák: Cello Concerto In B Minor, Op. 104, III
New York Philharmonic Orchestra/Robertson; Vogler, vc.
Sony 73716
12:48
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Elgar: Salut D’Amour, Op. 12
Kennedy, v.; Isserlis, c.; Pettinger, p.
Chandos 8380
3:10
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Dvorák: Lasst Mich Allein, Op. 82/1 (excerpt)
Vogler, vc.; Deutsch, p.
Sony 73716
1:21
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Tuesday

Morley: “It was a Lover and His Lass” (excerpt)
Musicians of the Globe/Pickett
Phil 446687
:30
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Sibelius: Pelléas Et Mélisande, Op. 46 (excerpts)
Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra/Järvi
BIS 237
5:56
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Debussy: Preludes and Interludes from Pelléas Et Mélisande
Cleveland Orch/Leinsdorf
Musical Arts Assn. 000904
9:45
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Schoenberg: Pelléas Et Mélisande, I-III
Israel Philharmonic/Mehta
Sony 45870
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Fauré: Pelléas Et Mélisande Suite, I-III
Academy of St. Martin in the Fields/Marriner
Decca 410552
12:35
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Fauré: Pavane fr. Pelléas Et Mélisande
St. Louis Symphony/Slatkin
BMG Classics 09026-68511-2
5:12

Mahler: “Ich atmet’ einen Linden Duft” fr. Five Rückert Songs
Cleveland Orchestra/Dohnanyi; Van Dam, bs.
Musical Arts Assn. 904
2:35

Wednesday

Harris: It Was a Lover and his Lass
Chicago A Capella
Cedille 85
:45
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Mozart: Grosse Messe c-moll KV 427: Credo – Et incarnatus est
Bayerischen Rundfunks/Bernstein; Augér, s.
DG 431791
7:50
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C. Schumann: Drei Romanzen Op.22:
Nr.1 Des-Dur (Andante Molto)
Nr.2 G-Moll (Allegretto, Mit Zartem Vortrag)
Nr.3 B-Dur (Leidenschaftlich Schnell)
Van Keulen, v.; Brautigam, p.
Koch 6554
8:54

R. Schumann: Romance, Op. 28, No. 2
Janis, Piano
Phillips 456 850
3:19
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Wagner: Siegfried-Idyll
Staatskapelle Dresden/Runnicles
Teldec 17109
17:47
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Gershwin: “Our Love Is Here to Stay”
Blossom Dearie
iTunes download
3:10

Lobo: “Pra Dizer Adeus”
Karrin Allyson & Ens.
Concord Jazz 30428
4:47
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Jobim: “Vinicius de Moraes” (excerpt)
Lees: “Estrada Branca (This Happy Madness)“

Karrin Allyson & Ens.
Concord Jazz 30428
2:15
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Thursday

Puccini: “Recondita Armonia” fr. Tosca
St. Cecilia Academy Orch./Patane
Decca 466480
3:08
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Wagner: Vorspiel und Liebestode fr. Tristan und Isolde
Philharmonia Orchestra/Klemperer
EMI 47254
15:49
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Tchaikovsky: “Do You Hear the Nightingale?” fr. Romeo & Juliet
Scottish Nat’l Orch/Järvi; Lewis, ten.; Murphy, s.
Chan 8476
13:03
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Schubert: “Gretchen am Spinnrade,” D. 118
Upshaw, s.; Goode, p.
Nonesuch 79317
3:32
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Strayhorn: “Lush Life”
featuring Hartman, voc.; Tyner, p.; Coltrane, ten. sax
iTunes download
5:28
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Scott: “Annie Laurie”
King’s Singers
EMI 54904
3:12
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Finzi: “It Was A Lover and His Lass” fr. Let us Garlands Bring, Op. 18: No. 5
Milnes, bar.; Spong, p.
VAI 1141
3:04
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Schumann: Romance, Op. 28 No. 2 in F-sharp (excerpt)
Janis, p.
Phil 456850
2:58
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Friday

Vaughan Williams: “It was a Lover and his Lass”
Anthony Rolfe Johnson, t.; Simon Keenlyside, b.;
Graham Johnson,p.
Naxos 8557144
:45 (excerpt)
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Richard Strauss: Waltzes fr. Der Rosenkavalier
Chicago Symphony Orchestra/Reiner
Sony 64451
8:41
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Mahler: Symphony No. 5: Adagietto
New York Philharmonic/Walter
Decca/ London 460 793
7:42, :45 (excerpt)
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Wagner: Tristan und Isolde (excerpt)
Philharmonia Orchestra/Klemperer
EMI 47254
:31
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Verdi: Othello (excerpt)
Chicago Symphony Orchestra/Barenboim
Fleming, s.; Domingo, t.
10:03
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Kreisler: Liebesleid
Mutter, v.; Orkis, p.
DG 471 500
4:18
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Kreisler: Schön Rosmarin
Mutter, v.; Orkis, p.
DG 471 500
2:12
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Gershwin: ”Bess, You Is My Woman Now” fr. Porgy & Bess
Orch/Gershwin; Duncan, bar.; Brown, s.
reh. & radio broadcast (7/19/1935)
Heritage Jazz 512923A
5:13

“Lover Man (Oh Where Can You Be?)”
Billie Holiday, Jimmy Sherman, Jimmy Ramirez, Roger “Ram”
Unreleased CD
3:23

Joseph Kosma, Jacques Prevert: Immense et rouge
Eric Amado
Van 6038
1:09
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Francis Lemarque: D’Amour et d’eau fraiche (Some Love and Some Cold Water)
Eric Amado
Van 6038
1:39
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Rodgers & Hart: “My Funny Valentine”
Ella Fitzgerald
iTunes
3:54
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Rodgers & Hart: My Funny Valentine (excerpt)
Gene Bertoncini, Bill Charlap & Sean Smith
iTunes
1:46
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Playlists for February 7-11: Life Among the Dead (Requiem Masses)

This week we’ll venture into hallowed territory with some of the most profound music in the literature, including requiems by Mozart, Verdi, Berlioz, Fauré, Dvořák and Duruflé.

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Monday

Mozart: Requiem, Kyrie & Dies Irae fr. Requiem, K. 626
Concentus Musicus Wien/Harnoncourt
DHM 58705
9:44
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Berlioz: Requiem & Kyrie fr. Grande Messe des Morts
London Symphony Orchestra and Chorus/Davis
Phil 157302
11:31
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Verdi: Requiem & Kyrie fr. Requiem Mass
London Symphony Orchestra and Chorus/Bernstein; Arroyo, s.; Veasey, ms.; Raimondi, bs.; Domingo, ten.
Sony 47639
10:42
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Dvorák: Kyrie fr. Requiem Mass, Op. 89
Czech Philharmonic Orchestra & Chorus/Ancerl
Sup 3673
10:01
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Mozart: Tuba Mirum fr. Requiem
Concentus Musicus Wien/Harnoncourt; Finley, bar.; Schäfer, s.; Fink, alto; Streit, ten.
DHM 58705
3:51
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Tuesday

Berlioz: Dies Irae fr. Grande Messe des Morts
London Symphony Orchestra and Chorus/Davis
Phil 157302
13:44
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Verdi: Dies Irae & excerpts fr. Requiem Mass
Berlin Phil/Abaddo; Gheorghiu, s.; Barcellona, ms.; Konstantinov, bs.; Alagna, ten.
EMI 57168
36:18, 3:15
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Wednesday

Mozart: Rex Trememde, Ricordare, Confutatis & Lachrymosa fr. Requiem, K. 626
Concentus Musicus Wien/Harnoncourt
DHM 58705
13:54, :50
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Berlioz: Quid sum miser, Rex tremendae, Quaerens me & Lachrymosa fr. Grande Messe des Morts
London Symphony Orchestra and Chorus/Davis
Phil 157302
26:27
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Fauré: Sanctus, Pie Jesu, & Agnus Dei fr. Requiem, Op. 48
La Chapelle Royale Paris/Herreweghe
HM 901292
7:47, 3:57
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Thursday

Mozart: Sanctus, Benedictus, Agnus Dei & Lux Aeterna fr. Requiem, K. 626
Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chorus/Shaw
Telarc 80128
15:56
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Berlioz: Sanctus fr. Grande Messe des Morts
BSO/Munch; Simoneau, ten.
RCA 6210
3:24
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Verdi: Sanctus, Agnus Dei, Lux Aeterna & Libera Me fr. Requiem Mass
Philharmonia Orchestra & Chorus/Giulini; Ludwig, ms.; Schwarzkopf, s.; Gedda, ten.; Ghiaurov, bs.
EMI 67563
28:21
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Duruflé: Sanctus fr. Requiem, Op. 9
Orchestra and Chorus of the Academy of Saint Cecilia/Chung; Terfel, bar.; Bartoli, ms.
DG 459365
2:39
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Friday

Brahms: German Requiem, Op. 45: I-IV, VI
Philharmonia Orchestra/Klemperer; Fischer-Dieskau, bar.
EMI 66955
9:53, 14:26, 9:48, 17:22
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