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Playlists for January 30 – February 3: Too Darn Big

This week we’re ascending some of the most colossal musical mountains in existence – works like Schoenberg’s Gurrelieder and Havergal Brian’s Gothic Symphony that are (usually) too big to program on Exploring Music.

Monday

Arnold Schoenberg: Gurrelieder (Part I)
Philharmonia Chorus and Voices, City of Birmingham Symphony Chorus & soloists/Salonen
Signum 173
Excerpts + 41:23
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Tuesday

Arnold Schoenberg: Gurrelieder (Part II, Excerpts from Parts I & III)
Philharmonia Chorus and Voices, City of Birmingham Symphony Chorus & soloists/Salonen
Signum 173
Excerpts + 23:38, 15:00
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Wednesday

Arnold Schoenberg: Gurrelieder (Part I)
Philharmonia Chorus and Voices, City of Birmingham Symphony Chorus & soloists/Salonen
Signum 173
Excerpts + 30:07
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Schoenberg: Three Piano Pieces, Op. 11, I (excerpt)
Pollini, p.
DG 471631
1:05
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Havergal Brian: Symphony No. 1, Gothic, I
BBC National Orchestra of Wales & BBC Concert Orchestra + choirs & soloists/Brabbins
Hyperion 67971
12:09
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Thursday

Havergal Brian: Symphony No. 1, Gothic (excerpts)
BBC National Orchestra of Wales & BBC Concert Orchestra + choirs & soloists/Brabbins
Hyperion 67971
25:34, 17:45
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Friday

Havergal Brian: Symphony No. 1, Gothic (Excerpt fr. Part II + III)
BBC National Orchestra of Wales & BBC Concert Orchestra + choirs & soloists/Brabbins
Hyperion 67971
15:58, 37:56
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Playlists for January 23-27: Bright Lights, Big City: Mozart in Vienna

Mozart gets the boot from the Archbishop and moves to the city.

Monday

Mozart; Mass in C Major, Coronation (excerpts)
Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra and Chorus/Koopman
Era 0630-10705
1:32, 14:05
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Mozart: Serenade No. 9 in D major, K 320, Posthorn, IV & VI
Prague Chamber Orchestra/Mackerras
Tel 80108
10:36
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Mozart: Idomeneo (excerpts)
Metropolitan Opera Orchestra & Chorus/Levine; Bartoli, ms.; Domingo, ten.; Vaness, s.
DG 447 737
4:19, 4:27, 3:04, 6:51, 4:51
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Tuesday

Mozart: Sonata for Piano No. 11 in A major, K. 331
Brendel, p.
Phil 446921
19:00
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Mozart: Abduction from the Seraglio (excerpts)
Scottish Chamber Orchestra/Mackerras; Kodalli, s.
Tel 80544
4:16, 9:25
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Mozart: Serenade for Winds No. 10 in B-flat major, K 361 (370a), Gran Partita, I & III
Orpheus Chamber Orchestra
DG 423061
14:37
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Wednesday

Mozart: Symphony No. 35, Haffner, I, II & IV
Berlin Phil/Böhm
DG 447417
14:01
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Mozart: Mass in C minor, K 427 (417a), Great (excerts)
Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra & Chorus/Bernstein
DG 431791
9:46, 7:44
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Mozart: String Quartet No. 15 in D minor, K 421, I
Alban Berg Quartet
EMI 63858
7:11
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Mozart: Concerto for Piano & Orchestra No. 14, K. 449, finale
English Chamber Orcehestra/Perahia; Perahia, p.
CBS 42243
5:57
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Thursday

Mozart: Symphony No. 36, Linz, I
Berlin Phil/Böhm
DG 447416
7:54
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Mozart: Quartet for Strings No. 19 in C major, K 465, Dissonance, I
Emerson Quartet
DG 427657
10:28
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Mozart: Concerto for Piano No. 20 in D minor, K. 466, I & II
Columbia Symphony Orchestra/Szell; R. Serkin, p.
CBS 37236
24:10
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Mozart: Concerto for Horn No. 4, II + excerpt
St. Paul Chamber Orchestra/Wolff; Baumann, hn.
Phil 412737
3:54, 2:47
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Friday

Mozart: Quintet for Piano and Winds, K. 452, I
Barenboim, pno.; Clevenger, hn.; Damiano, bsn.; Combs, cl.; Schellenberger, ob.
Erato 96359
9:54
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Mozart: Quartet for Piano and Strings No. 1 in G minor, K. 478, I
Schneider, v.; Tree, vla.; Soyer, vc.; P. Serkin, piano.
Van 8007
10:51
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Mozart: Concerto for Piano No. 22 in E flat major, K 482, II & III
English Chamber Orchestra/Davis; Larrocha, p.
RCA 61698
21:12
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Mozart: The Marriage of Figaro, overture
Vienna Phil/E. Kleiber
Lon 417315
4:06
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Playlists for January 16-20: The Curse of the Ninth

Why did so many of music’s great symphonists die after completing their ninth symphony? We’ll sample five landmark compositions: the ninth symphonies of Beethoven, Schubert, Bruckner, Dvorák and Mahler.

Monday

Beethoven: Symphony No. 9, Op. 125 in d minor, IV + excerpts
CSO/Solti
Lon 417 800
:54, :44, :52, 1:30, 24:33
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Beethoven: Symphony No. 9, Op. 125 in d minor, II + excerpts
Berlin Phil/Karajan
DG 421 987
15:53, :18,
1:08
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Beethoven: Fantasia in C minor, Op. 80, Choral Fantasy (excerpts)
New York Phil/Bernstein; Serkin, p.
Sony 47522
1:26, 1:01
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Tuesday

Schubert: Symphony No. 9, D. 944, I, II, IV
Chamber Orchestra of Europe/Abbado
DG 423656
16:34, :12, 15:21, 15:25
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Schubert: Symphony No. 9, D. 944 (excerpts)
Berlin Phil/Furtwängler
DG 427 781
:16, 1:20, 1:04
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Wednesday

Dvorák: Symphony No. 9 in E minor, Op. 95/B 178, From the New World, I, III
Berlin Phil/Kubelik
DG 423 120
9:23, 8:04, :09
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Dvorák: Symphony No. 9, II
Dvorák Festival Orchestra of New York/Richman
Music & Arts 1078
12:14
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Dvorák: Sonatina for Violin and Piano in G major, Op. 100/B 183
Suk, p.; Mayorga, p.
Music & Arts 1078
4:04
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Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 (excerpt)
CSO/Solti
Lon 417 800
:05
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Dvorák: Symphony No. 9, IV
Czech Phil/Talich
EMI 75483-2
11:15
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Trad., arr. Burleigh: “Deep River”
Dvorák Festival Orchestra of New York/Richman
Music & Arts 1078
2:31
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Thursday

Bruckner: Symphony No. 9 in d minor, WAB 109, I (excerpt), II
Royal Concertgebouw Orch/Haitink
Phi 442 049
1:17, 11:13
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Bruckner: Symphony No. 9, III
CSO/Solti
Lon 417 295
26:52
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Mahler: Symphony No. 9 in D Major, III
Vienna Phil/Abbado
DG 423 564
12:25
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Friday

Mahler: Symphony No. 9 in D Major, I
Vienna Phil/Abbado
DG 423564
27:17
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Mahler: Symphony No. 9 in D Major, IV
Vienna Phil/Walter
EMI 62965
18:10
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Beethoven: Symphony No. 9, Op. 125 in d minor (excerpt)
Berlin Phil/Karajan
DG 421 987
2:32
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Gastronomic delights

In many parts of the country, Exploring Music airs right around mealtime, and many listeners have written in to let us know that we join them at the dinner table. (They also write in to let us know we join them in the shower, but that’s another story…)

Always the gastronome, Bill McGlaughlin offhandedly solicited some culinary suggestions in our recent “Arias and Barcarolles” week, and we’re happy to share this submission from Loann Scarpato. She tunes in via WRTI in Philadelphia, and shared the recipe for what sounds like a very delicious soup.

Acorn Squash Vegetable Soup

2 large leeks
1-1/2 Tbsp butter
2 acorn squash, approx. 18 oz each, cooked, seeds and skin discarded, flesh pureed
5-1/3 cups chicken stock
1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
1/4 tsp dried oregano
1/4 tsp black pepper
6 oz sliced mushrooms
6 canned plum tomatoes, drained and chopped
4 oz fresh spinach, cut into thin strips

Trim roots and most of green leaves from leeks. Chop finely, wash well and drain, and cook in butter in large pot until soft, about 3 min. Add pureed squash to pot with stock and seasonings; cook 10 min. Stir mushrooms, tomatoes, and spinach into soup; remove from heat. Let stand 2-3 min. before serving.

Yields 2 quarts.
Source: “The Cuisinart Cook,” Oct. 1987

As a main course, Producer Cydne Gillard tracked down this intriguing ravioli recipe from Nicolo Paganini, courtesy of the Library of Congress and NPR.

Paganini’s Ravioli

Ingredients:
2 lb. lean beef
1 1/2 lb. flour
Butter
tomatoes
mushrooms
1/2 lb. lean veal
A calf’s brain
Lugano sausage
an onion
three eggs
pinch of borage

For a pound and a half of flour, two pounds of good lean beef to make the sauce, place in the frying pan some butter, then a small amount of finely chopped onions, and brown slightly.

Put in the beef, and cook till it begins to take on a bit of color. For a thick sauce, take a few pinches of flour and gradually sprinkle them into the meat juices to brown, then take some tomatoes, break them up in water, pour some of the water into the flour in the frying pan and mix well to dissolve. Finally add some finely chopped and pounded dried mushrooms, and that’s the meat sauce.

Now for the pasta. To lift the eggless dough: a little bit of salt in the pasta will help with its consistency.

Now for the filling. Using the same pan as for the meat, in the sauce, cook half a pound of lean veal, then remove, chop it and pound it. Take a calf’s brain, cook it in the water, then remove the skin covering the brain, chop and pound well, separately take a little lugano sausage, remove the skin, chop and pound separately. Take a good pinch of borage, boil, squeeze out thoroughly and pound as above.

Take three eggs, sufficient for a pound and a half of flour. Beat them thoroughly and add the various ingredients listed above, which should be pounded again, adding a little Parmesan cheese to the eggs. And that’s the filling.

For a ravioli, cut the pasta slightly wet, and leave for an hour covered to give thin sheets.

If there’s still room for dessert, there’s always Justi Mahler’s Marillenknoedel, which her brother, Gustav, immortalized in his song cycle “Des Knaben Wunderknödel”.

Justi Mahler’s Marillenknoedel

Ingredients:

2.2 lbs. potatoes
8.75 oz. flour
One egg
Pinch of salt
3.15 oz. butter
3.5 oz. bread crumbs
13 oz. apricots

Preparation: Place the potatoes, cut and peeled, through a mill once, then work them into the flour, egg and salt on a cutting board while they are still warm to make a smooth paste.

With a rolling pin, or by hand, knead the paste, flatten it and cut into fine slices, carefully enclosing an apricot in each slice. Then let the knoedel cook for five to 10 minutes in a sauce pan of boiling salt water. Drain. During this time, melt the butter in a frying pan and brown the bread crumbs over a low flame. Then roll the knodel in bread crumbs and sprinkle with sugar before serving.

Variations

One may:

—use cream cheese in place of the potatoes, so as to augment the amount of flour

—replace the apricots with prunes or cherries

—add yeast to the paste

—place a cube of sugar inside each apricot slice

—serve the knoedel with ground poppy seeds in place of bread crumbs, moistening them afterwards with butter and sugar

Source

Bon appétit!

Posted by Jesse McQuarters (Producer, Exploring Music)

Playlists for January 9-13: An Invitation to the Dance, Part I

Which came first, the composer or the dance? It’s hard to say, but this week we’ll follow the dance through solo works, the opera and the symphony. Highlights include music by Bach, Beethoven and Shostakovich.

Monday

Anon.: The Play of Daniel (excerpt)
New York Pro Musica/Greenberg
MCA 10102
1:57
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Praetorius: Terpsichore (excerpts), L’homme arme
Calliope
Nonesuch 79039
10:24, 1:04, 5:32
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Dowland: Galliards of the King of Denmark & Queen Elizabeth
O’Dette, lt.
HM 907162
3:53
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Lully: Gigue: “Les Plaisirs Nous Suivent” fr. Amadis
Chicago Baroque Ensemble; Bedi, s.
Cedille 90000043
3:55
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J.S. Bach: English Suite No. 3 in g minor, BWV 808
Gould, p.
Sony 52606
13:08
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J.S. Bach: Gavotte fr. English Suite No. 3
Leonhardt, hps.
Sony 62949
3:15
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J.S. Bach: Gavotte (excerpt) and Gigue (excerpt) from Orchestral Suite No. 3
Concentus Musicus Wien/Harnoncourt
Teld 9031-75859
3:37
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J.S. Bach: “Gloria” from the B Minor Mass (excerpt)
Monteverdi Choir & the English Baroque Soloists/Gardiner
Arch 55142
1:43
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Tuesday

Anon.: Pavane pour le petite guaire, Pavane for Oboes & Les Bergers
Le Concert des Nations/Savall
Alia Vox 9824
2:14, 5:40
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Marais: Five Old French Dances Nos. 2 and 5
Schotten, vla. Parmentier, hps.
Crystal 635
3:31
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J.S. Bach: Suite No. 1 for Violoncello, BWV 1007
Rostropovich, vc.
EMI 55364
16:13, 1:59
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J.S. Bach: Gigue fr. Brandenburg Concerto No. 5
Concentus Musicus Wien/Harnoncourt
Teld 9031-75859
5:39
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J.S. Bach: Orchestra Suite No. 2 (excerpt)
Wurttemberg/Faerber; Galway, fl.
RCA 09026-60900
13:24
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Wednesday

Beethoven: Minuet in G
2:12

Haydn: Symphony No. 6, Le Matin, III
St. Luke’s Chamber Ensemble
Arabesque 6756
4:02
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Mozart: Symphony No. 39 (excerpt)
Orch of the Eighteenth Century/Bruggen
Phil 422389
3:52
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Mozart: “Se voul ballare” from The Marriage of Figaro
Orchestra del Acadamia Nationale de Santa Cecilia/Chung; Terfel, bar.
Decca 458 928
2:16
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Mozart: Don Giovanni Act I (excerpt)
Berlin Phil/Karajan w/ soloists
DG 419179
8:05
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Beethoven: Symphony No. 9, II
Berlin Phil/Karajan
DG 447 401
10:55
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Lanner: Steyrische Tanze, Op.165
Ensemble Wien
Sony 57974
5:57
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Brahms: Liebeslieder Waltzes 1-6
Bonney, Von Otter, Streit & Bär, soloists; Deutsch & Forsberg pnos.
EMI 55430
7:49
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Chopin: Minute Waltz
Rubenstein, p.
RCA 5492
1:49
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Thursday

Weber: Invitation to the Dance
Vienna Phil/Harnoncourt
DG 474250
9:30
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J. Strauss II: Tales from the Vienna Woods
Vienna Phil/Maazel
DG 410516
11:56
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Mahler: “Rhein Legend” from Des Knaben Wunderhorn
London Phil/Morris; Baker, ms.
Nimb 5084
2:59
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Mahler: Symphony No. 2, II
Vienna Phil/Abbado
DG 447023
10:32
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Mahler: “Des Antonius von Padua” from Des Knaben Wunderhorn (excerpt)
NY Phil/Bernstein; Ludwig, s.
1:58
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Mahler: Symphony No. 2, III (excerpt)
London Phil/Solti
Decca 430804
6:50
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Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5 (excerpt)
Vienna Phil/Solti
Lond 440476
5:17
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Friday

Chopin: Mazurka in C# Minor, Op. 30 #4
Horowitz, p.
Sony 93023
3:49
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Chopin: 2 Mazurkas: Op. 17 #4 & Op. 24 #2
Ohlsson, p.
Arab 6730
6:15
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Chopin: Polonaise Op. 40 #1, 2 Waltzes: Op.64 #2 & Op. Posth. in E Minor
Rubenstein, p.
EMI 67007
9:20
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Tchaikovsky: Waltz from the String Serenade
LSO/Barbirolli
EMI 67700
3:49
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Bartók: Roumanian Folk Dances
CSO/Solti
Lon 443444
6:04, 1:04
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Grainger: Morris Dance: Country Gardens
Bournemouth Sinfonietta/Montgomery
Chan 6542
2:18
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Bernstein: Three Dance Episodes from On The Town
New York Phil/Bernstein
CBS 43363
9:41
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Shostakovich: Tahiti Trot
Concertgebouw/Chailly
Lon 433702
3:29
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Playlists for Jan 2-6, 2012: Maurice Ravel

A five-part biography of Maurice Ravel.

Monday

Ravel: String Quartet in F Major (excerpt)
Tokyo Quartet
RCA 62552-2
1:31
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Ravel: Habañera fr.
Robert Casadesus, p.
RCA 63316
2:33
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Ravel: Vocalise
Cecilia Bartoli, ms.; Myung Whun Chung, p.
Lon 452667-2
3:29
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Ravel: Jeux d’eau
Jean-Yves Thibaudet, p.
Lon 433515-2
5:33
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Ravel: String Quartet in F Major- I, II, III
Tokyo Quartet
RCA 62552-2
8:28, 5:58, 8:15
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Ravel: Alborada del Gracioso fr. Miroirs(excerpt)
Thibaudet, p.
Lon 448618-2
2:27
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Ravel: Alborada del Gracioso fr. Miroirs
Royal Phil/Previn
EMI 65144-2
7:37
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Tuesday

Ravel: Pavane for a Dead Princess
New Philharmonia Orch/Maazel
RCA 65222
6:20
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Chabrier: España (excerpt)
Ulster Orchestra/Tortelier
Chan 8852
2:18
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Ravel: Rapsodie Espangole- Malagueña
Michel Béroff, p.; Jean-Philippe Collard, p.
EMI 55347-2
2:03
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Ravel: Rapsodie Espagnole (excerpts)
Royal Phil. Orchestra/Previn
EMI 63887-2
11:30
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Ravel: Ondine fr. Gaspard de la Nuit
Argerich, p.
EMI 57101-2
5:10
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Ravel: Scarbo fr. Gaspard de la Nuit (excerpt)
Thibaudet, p.
Lon 433515
2:30
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Ravel: Mother Goose (excerpts)
BSO/Munch
RCA 68978-2
14:01, 1:20
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Wednesday

Wagner: Tristan, Prelude to Act I (excerpt)
CSO/Solti
Lon 411951-2
1:30
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Ravel: Sonatine
Alicia De Larrocha
RCA 60985-2
11:20
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Ravel: Daphnis and Chloe (excerpts)
Royal Concertgebouw/Chailly
Lon 443934-2
19:40
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Ravel: Tombeau de Couperin (excerpt)
Royal Phil. Orchestra/Previn
EMI 47468-2
3:20
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Ravel: Piano Trio (excerpt)
Perlman, v.; Harrell, vc.; Ashkenazy, p.
Lon 444318-2
13:25
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Thursday

Ravel: Tombeau de Couperin (excerpts)
Royal Phil/Previn
EMI 47468-2
18:25
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Ravel: La Valse
Vienna Phil/Maazel
RCA 68600-2
13:10
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Ravel: Bolero
CSO/Barenboim
Erato 45766-2
15:45
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Friday

Ravel: Tzigane
Vienna Phil/Levine; Mutter, v.
DG 437544-2
9:53
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Ellington: Black and Tan Fantasy (excerpt)
RCA 63729
1:50
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Ravel: Piano Concerto in G Major (excerpt)
London Phil/Andrew Davis; Tzimon Barto, p.
EMI 49495-2
8:15, 3:58
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Ravel: Violin Sonata (excerpt)
Oistrahk, v; Frida Bauer, p.
Phi 420777-2
5:10
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Ravel: Suite II from Daphnis and Chloe
Royal Concertgebouw/Chailly
Lon 443934-2
16:31
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Ravel: Violin Sonata (excerpt)
Oistrahk, v; Frida Bauer, p.
Phi 420777-2
2:54
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