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Archive for April, 2012

Playlists for April 30 – May 4: The Viola

We’ll celebrate some of the exquisite music written for the violin’s darker cousin, including music by Hindemith and Walton.

Monday

Telemann: Concerto in G Major for Viola and Orchestra
Musica Antiqua Köln/Goebel; Deuter, vla.
Archiv 463074
10:49
Purchase

Vivaldi: Concerto in d minor, RV. 540, II & III
Academy of Ancient Music/Manze; Jones, vla. d’amore; North, lute
HM 907230
6:47
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Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No. 6 in B-flat Major, II & III
European Brandenburg Ensemble/Pinnock
Avie 2119
9:53
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Stamitz: Concerto for Viola and Orchestra in D Major, III
Württemberg Chamber Orchestra Heilbronn/Faerber; Wallfisch, vla.
Vox 5148
4:27
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Mozart: Sinfonia Concertante in E-flat Major, K. 364, I
LPO/Mutter; Mutter, v.; Bashmet, vla.
DG B0005078-02
12:33
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Dittersdorf: Menuetto II fr. Sonata for Viola and Double Bass
Chang, vla.; Fuller, db.
Musical Arts Society 41592
2:26, :47

Tuesday

Mozart: Sinfonia Concertante in E-flat Major, K. 364, II & III
LPO/Mutter; Mutter, v.; Bashmet, vla.
DG B0005078-02
17:42
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Mendelssohn: Sonata for Viola and Piano in c minor, II
Gieler, vla.; Bloomer, p.
Radio Netherlands 93008
6:29
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Weber: Andante and Rondo Ungarese for Viola and Orchestra in C minor, J 79
Solistes de Moscou-Montpellier Chamber Orchestra/Caussé; Caussé, vla.
EMI 54817
9:14
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Paganini: Terzetto concertante for Viola, Cello and Guitar in D major, II
R. Diaz, vla.; A. Diaz, vc.; Grey, g.
Dorian 90237
4:56
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Berlioz: Harold in Italy, Op. 16 (excerpt)
Nat’l Orch of France/Bernstein; McInnes, vla.
EMI 64745
6:46
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Guastavino: La Rosa y El Sauce
Kashkashian, vla.; Levin, p.
ECM 1975
2:15
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Wednesday

Berlioz: Harold in Italy (excerpt)
Nat’l Orch of France/Bernstein; McInnes, vla.
EMI 64745
:39
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Brahms: String Sextet No. 1 in Bb Major, II
Pasquier Trio and Friends; Pasquier, vla.
HM 1951073
10:17, :42
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Brahms: “Gestillte Sehnsucht” fr. Songs for Alto, Viola & Piano, Op.91, No. 1
Ferrier, alto; Gilbert, vla.; Spurr, p.
Lon 433477
5:11
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Brahms: Sonata in f minor for Viola and Piano, Op. 120 No. 1, III
Tertis, vla.; Cohen, p.
Pearl 9918
4:17
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Brahms: Sonata in E-flat Major for Viola and Piano, Op. 120 No. 2, I
Kashkashian, vla.; Levin, p.
ECM 457068
8:28
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Bruch: Concerto in e minor for Clarinet, Viola and Orchestra, I
LSO/Francis; King, cl.; Imai, vla.
Hyperion 66022
7:31
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Joachim: Hebrew Melodies, Op. 9, I
Gieler, vla.; Bloomer, p.
Radio Netherlands 93008
3:56
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Brahms: “Geistliches Wiegenlied” fr. Songs for Alto, Viola & Piano, Op. 91, No. 2
Norman, alto.; Christ, vla.; Barenboim, p.
DG 449965
6:10
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Kreisler: Schön Rosmarin, Op. 55 No. 4
Imai, vla.; Pöntinen, p.
Phil 446103
1:56
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Thursday

Bloch: Suite Hébraïque, No. 1- Rhapsodie
Imai, vla.; Pontinen, p.
Phil 446103
6:46
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Debussy: Trio for Viola, Flute, and Harp
Wilson, fl.; Neubauer, vla.; Allen, hp.
Delos 3167
16:36
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Vaughan Williams: Flos Campi
Bournemouth Sinfonietta and Choir/Mar; Riddle, vla.
Chan 6545
20:57
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Falla: Suite Populaire Espagnole (excerpts)
Dreyfus, vla.; McDonald, p.
Bridge 9016
3:38, 2:16
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Friday

Hindemith: Der Schwanendreher, III
San Francisco Symphony/Blomstedt; Walther, vla.
Decca 000201102
9:12
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Bartók: Concerto for Viola and Orchestra (excerpt)
Budapest Symphony/Ligeti; Golani, vla.
Conifer 189
10:35
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Walton: Concerto for Viola and Orchestra, I & II
Royal Phil/Previn; Kennedy, vla.
EMI 749628
13:07
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Clarke: Sonata for Viola and Piano, I
Westphal, vla.; Swann, p.
Bridge 9109
7:41
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Feldman: The Viola in My Life, Part III (excerpt)
Phillips, vla.; Tudor, p.
New World 80657
2:36
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The Who: Baba O’Riley (excerpt)
MCA
1:21
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Alison Krause & Union Station: Man of Constant Sorrow (excerpt)
Rounder
1:07
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Grainger: The Sussex Mummer’s Christmas Carol
Coletti, vla.; Howard, p.
Hyp 666687
3:46
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“You and the Night and the Music” books

Countless composers have been inspired to write music based on poems and literature, but last week Bill turned the tables and explored authors that were driven to set pen to paper by beautiful music. Here’s the list of books that Bill read from, all worthy of further investigation.

Louis de Berniers: The War of Don Emmanuel’s Nether Parts (1990)

Señor Vivo and the Coca Lord (1991)

The Troublesome Offspring of Cardinal Guzman (1992)

Captain Corelli’s Mandolin (1994), originally published as Corelli’s Mandolin in the US

Aldous Huxley: Point Counter Point (1928)

T. S. Eliot: Four Quartets (1945)

Leo Tolstoy: Kreutzer Sonata 1889

Rita Dove: Sonata Mulattica, 2009

Aleo Carpentier: Baroque Concert 1974

Rita Dove: Sonata Mulattica, 2009

Vikram Seth: An Equal Music, 1999

Paul Adam: The Rainaldi Quartet: 2004
Paganini’s Ghost: A Mystery (2010)

Gerald Elias: Death and the Maiden
The Devil’s Trill 2009

Josef Skvorecky: Scherzo capriccioso (Dvorak In Love): 1984

Milan Kundera: The Book of Laughter and Forgetting: 1979

E. M. Forster: Howard’s End: 1910

Playlists for April 23 – 27: You and the Night and the Music

Novelists who have drawn their plots around great music.

Monday

Schwartz: “You and the Night and the Music” (excerpt)
Frank Sinatra
1:13
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Benedetto Persichini: Polcha variata
Alison Stephens, mandolin
Chandos 9780
3:19
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Beethoven: String Quartet #15 In A Minor, Op. 132, III, IV & V
Emerson Quartet
DG 447075
17:50, 8:13
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J.S. Bach: Suite No. 2 in B minor, BWV 1067
Academy of St. Martin in the Fields/Neville Marriner; William Bennett, fl.
EMI 86083
1:37, 7:15
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Niccolò Paganini: Op. 1, No. 9 Caprice from 24 Caprices
Julia Fischer, v.
Decca 001465802
3:11
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Julio Sagreras: El Colibri (The Hummingbird)
Craig Ogden, guitar; Alison Stephens, mandolin
Chandos 9780
1:13
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Tuesday

Schwartz: You and the Night and the Music
Cincinnati Pops Orchestra/Kunzel
Telarc 80532
1:12
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Beethoven: Violin Sonata #9 In A, Op. 47, Kreutzer, I, III
Itzhak Perlman, v.; Martha Argerich, p.
EMI 56815
10:49, 8:14
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Janáček: String Quartet #1, Kreutzer Sonata, I, II, IV
Hagen Quartet
DG 427669
14:16
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Antonio Vivaldi: Violin Concerto No. 11 in E Minor, RV 277, Il favorito, III
The English Concert/Andrew Manze, Manze, v.
HM 907332
4:44
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Vivaldi: Violin Concerto No. 10 in E Major, RV 271, L’amoroso, I (excerpt)
The English Concert/Andrew Manze, Manze, v.
HM 907332
4:26
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Wednesday

J.S. Bach: Partita for Violin Solo No. 3 in E, BWV 1006
Philippe Honoré, v.
Lon 466945
4:07
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Franz Schubert: Piano Quintet in A, D.667, The Trout, III & IV
Hagen Quartet, Schiff, p.; Posch, db.
Decca 466945
12:44
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Schubert: String Quartet #14 In D Minor, D 810, Death & the Maiden, I (excerpt), II (excerpt), III & IV
Emerson String Quartet
DG 459151
:18, :36, 12:12
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Franz Schubert: “Der Tod und das Mädchen”, Op. 7, No. 3
Marian Anderson, alto; Franz Rupp, p.
RCA 63575
2:50
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Roberto Sierra: Concerto Barocco
Orquesta Sinfonica de Galicia/Victor Pablo Perez; Manuel Baruecco, gtr.
Koch 7597
13:09
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Thursday

Schwartz: “You and the Night and the Music”
Anita O’Day and the Three Sounds
Verve
1:40
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J.S. Bach: Partita In D Minor – Allemande
Arnold Steinhardt, v.
CD accompanies the book Violin Dreams
4:24
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Bedrich Smetana: String Quartet No. 1 in e minor, From My Life, I
Takács Quartet
Lon 452349
6:52
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Dvorák: Cello Concerto In B Minor, Op. 104, B 191, III
New York Philharmonic Orchestra/Kurt Masur; Yo-Yo Ma, vc.
Sony 67173
12:55
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Beethoven: Piano Sonata #32 In C Minor, Op. 111, II
Simone Dinnerstein, p.
Telarc 80715
18:26
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Friday

Giuseppe Tartini: La Sonata Del Diavolo In G Minor
Andrew Manze, v.
HM 907213
19:02
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Franz Joseph Haydn: String Quartet In A, Op. 20 No. 6, II
Hagen Quartet
Decca 466945
5:23
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Beethoven: Symphony No. 5 In C Minor, Op. 67, II, III & IV
Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra/Herbert Von Karajan
DG 477751
10:01, 13:52
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Agustin Barrios Mangore: Las Abejas (The Bees)
Craig Ogden, gtr.
Chan 9780
1:14
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Playlists for April 16-20: The Big Five, Part I: The Chicago Symphony Orchestra

Monday

Mahler: Symphony No. 5, I (excerpt)
CSO/Solti
Lon 430804
1:34
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Johnson: “Sweet Home Chicago”
Robert Johnson
Sony B000002ADN
1:58
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Mendelssohn: Wedding March fr. Midsummer Night’s Dream
CSO/Stock
CSO 100th Anniversary Box Set
4:29
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Wagner, arr. Thomas: Träume fr. Wesendonk Lieder
CSO/Stock
CSO 100th Anniversary Box Set
4:11
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Stock: Symphonic Waltz, Op. 8
CSO/Stock
CSO 100th Anniversary Box Set
8:41

Liadov: Baba-Yaga, Op. 56
CSO/Stock
CSO 100th Anniversary Box Set
2:45
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Brahms: Symphony No. 3, II (excerpt), III
CSO/Stock
CSO 100th Anniversary Box Set
7:52
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Reznicek: Overture to Donna Diana
CSO/Stock
CSO 100th Anniversary Box Set
4:00
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Prokofiev: Scythian Suite, III
CSO/Defauw
CSO 100th Anniversary Box Set
5:03
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Strauss: Death and Transfiguration (excerpt)
CSO/Defauw
CSO 100th Anniversary Box Set
7:25
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Wagner: Ride of the Valkyries
CSO/Rodzinski
CSO 100th Anniversary Box Set
4:05
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Tuesday

Mahler: Symphony No. 5, III (excerpt)
CSO/Solti
Lon 430804
3:06
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Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 3, Scottish, II
CSO/Rodzinski
CSO 100th Anniversary Box Set
4:00
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Hindemith: Symphonic Metamorphosis on Themes of Carl Maria von Weber
CSO/Kubelik
Mercury 519202
8:15
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Suk: Meditations on an Ancient Czech Choral, “Holy Wenceslaus”
CSO/Kubelik
CSO telecast
6:49

Mussorgsky, arr. Ravel: Pictures at an Exhibition
CSO/Kubelik
CSO 100th Anniversary box set
28:44
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Wednesday

Strauss, arr. Reiner: Der Rosenkavalier Waltzes (excerpt)
CSO/Reiner
RCA 68160
2:23
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Wagner: Dawn and Siegfried’s Rhine Journey from Götterdämmerung
CSO/Reiner
RCA 4738
13:15
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Brahms: Concerto for Piano & Orchestra No. 1 in d minor, II
CSO/Reiner; Rubenstein, p.
RCA 63034
13:17
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Strauss: “Was willst du, fremder Mensch?” fr. Elektra
CSO/Reiner; Borkh, s.; Schöffler, bar.
RCA 67900
:49, 21:35
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Strauss, arr. Reiner: Der Rosenkavalier Waltzes (excerpt)
CSO/Reiner
RCA 68160
1:56
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Thursday

Rimsky-Korsakov: Sheherazade (excerpts)
CSO/Reiner
RCA 68168
1:27
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Martinon: Symphony No. 4, Op. 53, Altitudes (excerpt)
CSO/Martinon
1:18, 11:56

Wagner: Overture fr. Der Fliegende Holländer
CSO/Solti
Lon 460982
11:02
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Bartók: Divertimento for Strings, finale
CSO/Solti
Lon 470516
7:08
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Mahler: Symphony No. 2 in c minor, Resurrection, V (excerpts)
CSO/Solti
Lon 410202
4:51, 13:31
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Friday

Fisher: Chicago
CSO/Gould; Goodman, cl.
CSO 100th Anniversary Box Set
2:33

Haydn: Concerto in Eb Major for Trumpet and Orchestra, III
CSO/Abbado; Herseth, tpt.
DG B000002502
4:38
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Mozart: Concerto in B-flat Major for Bassoon and Orchestra, II
CSO/Abbado; Elliot, bsn.
DG B000002502
6:19
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Schumann: Konzertstück in F Major for 4 Horns and Orchestra, Op. 86, I
CSO/Barenboim; Clevenger, Howell, Schweikert & Oldberg, hns.
DG B000002502
7:34
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Vaughan Williams: Concerto for Bass Tuba and Orchestra in f minor, II
CSO/Barenboim; Jacobs, tuba
DG B000002502
4:32
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Arnold Jacobs lecture excerpt
Summit 267
1:45
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Strauss: Horn Concerto No. 1 (excerpt)
Gunnison Music Camp Director’s Band/Hawkins; Jacobs, tuba
Summit 267
:28
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Playlists for April 9-13: Grieg and 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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Playlists for April 2-6: St. Matthew Passion

Composed in 1727, it’s one of two surviving settings of the last days of Jesus Christ composed by J.S. Bach. We’ll explore the history of this masterpiece and sample different recordings.

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Monday

J.S. Bach: “Herr, unser Herrscher” fr. St. John Passion
Staatskapelle Dresden & Rundfunkchor Leipzig/Schrier
Phil 422088
9:45
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J.S. Bach: St. Matthew Passion (excerpt)
CSO & Chorus/Solti
Decca 425691
2:49, 1:25
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J.S. Bach: “Kommt, Ihr Töchter” fr. St. Matthew Passion
English Baroque Soloists & Monteverdi Choir/Gardiner
Archiv 427648
5:56
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J.S. Bach: St. Matthew Passion (excerpts)
Ghent Collegium Vocale & Orchestra/Herreweghe
HM 951676-78
:42, :46, 8:14, 7:55, :40, 9:44
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Tuesday

J.S. Bach: St. Matthew Passion (excerpts)
Ghent Collegium Vocale & Orchestra/Herreweghe
HM 951676-78
1:01, 3:41, 6:31, :40, :57, 4:15, 2:27, :45, 2:21, 4:37, 8:00
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J.S. Bach: Christ lag in Todes Banden, BWV 4 (excerpts)
American Bach Soloists/Thomas
Koch 7235
:28, 10:12
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J.S. Bach arr. Stokowski: Chorale fr. the “Easter Cantata,” BWV 4
BBC Phil/Bamert
Chan 9259
3:47
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Wednesday

J.S. Bach: St. Matthew Passion (excerpts)
Ghent Collegium Vocale & Orchestra/Herreweghe
HM 951676-78
11:36, 2:01, :53, 2:14
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J.S. Bach: St. Matthew Passion (excerpts)
Philharmonia Orchestra & Chorus/Klemperer
EMI 67542
9:00, 1:08
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J.S. Bach: St. Matthew Passion (excerpt)
Gabrieli Consort & Players/McCreesh
Archiv 474200
:36
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J.S. Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No. 4, II & III
Academy of St. Martin in-the-Fields/Marriner
Phil 400077
8:40
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J.S. Bach: “Ich habe genug” fr. Cantata BWV 82
Camerata Academica Salzburg/Norrington
Decca 466570
6:50
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G. Gould: “So You Want to Write a Fugue?”
Julliard String Quartet & Benson-Guy, s.; Darian, ms.; Bressler, ten.; Gramm, bs.
Sony 52679
3:55
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Thursday

Haydn: The Seven Last Words of Our Savior on the Cross, I
Orchestra of St. Lukes/Rudel
Musicmasters 60238
6:18
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Golijov: La Pasión Según San Marcos (excerpts)
Orquesta La Pasión & Scola Cantorum de Caracas/Guinand
Hänssler Cl 98404
12:24
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J.S. Bach: St. Matthew Passion (excerpts)
Ghent Collegium Vocale & Orchestra/Herreweghe
HM 951676-78
2:47, 6:07, 2:17, 1:03, 5:52, 2:46, 6:47
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J.S. Bach: “Bist Du Bei Mir,” BWV 508
Orch./Sadin; Battle, s.
Sony 62035
2:19
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Friday

J.S. Bach: Prelude & Fugue No. 13 fr. the Well-Tempered Clavier
Fellner, p.
ECM 1853
3:18, 1:14
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J.S. Bach: St. Matthew Passion (excerpts)
Ghent Collegium Vocale & Orchestra/Herreweghe
HM 951676-78
4:49, 5:48, 3:29, 4:32, 3:48, 2:31, 7:43
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J.S. Bach: St. Matthew Passion (excerpts)
CSO & Chorus/Solti
Decca 425691
11:08
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