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Playlists for October 22-26: Autumn Leaves

Works inspired by sights, sounds and smells of nature at summer’s end, including selections by Vivaldi, Piazzola, Delius and Schubert.

Monday

Glazunov: Herbst fr. Die Jahreszeiten Op. 67
Orchestre de la Suisse Romande/Ansermet
Lon 430348
9:26
Purchase

Mahler: “Der Einsame Im Herbst” fr. Das Lied von der Erde
Philharmonia Orch/Klemperer; Ludwig, ms.
EMI 66944
10:05
Purchase

Dvorák: Four Autumn Leaves, B. 109 (excerpts)
Poroshina, p.
Brilliant 92606
4:06
Purchase

Alwyn: Autumn Legend for Cor Anglais and String Orchestra
City of London Sinfonia/Hickox; Daniel, eh.
Chan 8866
12:16
Purchase

Tchaikovsky: The Seasons, Op. 37B (excerpts)
Bronfman, p.
Sony 60689
13:59
Purchase

Tuesday

Grieg: In Autumn Overture, Op. 11
Royal Phil/Beecham
EMI 66966
11:19
Purchase

Sibelius: “Autumn Evening” Op. 38/1
City of Birmingham SO/Oramo; Mattila, s.
Warner Cl 80243
5:10
Purchase

O’Connor: Fall fr. The American Seasons
Metmorphosen Chamber Orch/Yoo; O’Connor, v.
Sony 89660
5:49
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Rorem: “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening”
Martineau, p.; Graham, ms.
Warner Cl 327484
1:54
Purchase

Mozart: String Quartet No. 13 in B-flat Major, K. 458, Hunt, I
Emerson String Quartet
DG 552302
8:21
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Delius: Autumn fr. North Country Sketches
Orch. of the Welsh Nat’l Opera/Mackerras
Lon 460290
8:11
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Debussy: Feuilles Mortes fr. Preludes, Bk. II
Ciani, p.
DG 453070
4:59
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Kosma: “Autumn Leaves”
Karrin Allyson, voc.; Ens.
Concord 4709
4:48
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Wednesday

Verdi: Les Vespres Siciliennes (excerpt)
Munich Radio Orch/R. Abbado
RCA 62651
9:22
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Schwantner: Beyond Autumn
Dallas Symphony Orch/Litton; Hustis, hn.
Hyperion 67493
17:22
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Brahms: “Herbstgefühl” Op. 48, No. 7
Hamburger, p.; Baker, ms.
BBC Legends 4200
4:20
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Ashmore: Autumn fr. Four Seasons
Guildhall String Ensemble/Salter; Stoltzman, cl.
RCA 60437
4:22
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Mendelssohn: Jägerlied fr. Songs Without Words, Op. 19, No. 3
Barenboim, p.
DG 469376
2:10
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Piazzolla: Otoño Porteño
Barenboim, p.; Mederos, band.
Teldec 13474
4:52, 2:43
Purchase

Herbert: Indian Summer
Holloway, a. sax.; Wess, t. sax.; Smith, org.
2:43

Thursday

Haydn: Die Jahreszeiten (excerpts)
Freiburg Baroque Orch & RIAS Chamber Chorus/Jacobs; Petersen, s.; Güra, ten.; Henschel, bar.
HM 901829
2:12, 12:50
Purchase

Kainuma: Autumn in a Village
Uchiyama, p.; Mera, cten.
BIS 906
2:50
Purchase

Ligeti: Automne à Varsovie fr. Piano Etudes
Aimard, p.
Teldec 43088
4:26
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D. Brubeck: “Autumn in Our Town”
C. Brubeck, p.; von Stade, s.; Vinci, fl.
Telarc 80467
4:07
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D. Brubeck: Autumn in Washington Square
Dave Brubeck Quartet
Legacy 46189
5:29, 1:27
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Duke: Autumn in New York
Ens.; Upshaw, s.
Nonesuch 79531
4:24
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Duke: Autumn in New York
Bill Charlap Trio
Blue Note 97044
6:41
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Duke: Autumn in New York
Ens.; Fitzgerald & Armstrong, voc.
6:05
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Friday

Vivaldi: Autumn from the Four Seasons
English Concert/Pinnock; Standage, v.
DG 426802
10:22
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Grainger: Harvest Hymn
Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields
DG 469376
3:39
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Trad.: Autumn Moon on a Calm Lake
Lang, p.
DG 823300
4:03
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Thomson: Autumn (Concertino for Harp Strings and Percussion)
LA Chamber Orch/Marriner; Stockton, harp
EMI 47715
8:58
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Vaughan Williams: “Linden Lea” from Songs of Travel
Burnside, p.; Williams, bar.
Naxos 8.557643
2:44
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Ives: Halloween
NY Phil/Bernstein
DG 429220
1:54
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Weill/Anderson: September Song (excerpt)
Brubeck, p.
Telarc 83670
:39
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Weill/Anderson: September Song (excerpt)
Ens.; Chet Baker, tpt.
OJC 087-2
2:22
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Weill/Anderson: September Song (excerpt)
Harry James Ens.
1:19
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Weill/Anderson: September Song (excerpt)
Ens.; Garner, p.
Savoy 17025
3:04
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Weill/Anderson: September Song
Ens.; Reinhardt, g.
Everest
2:32
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Weill/Anderson: September Song (excerpt)
The Four Freshmen w/ June Christy
Hindsight 235
2:22
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Weill/Anderson: September Song (excerpts)
Ens.; Sarah Vaughan, voc.
Polygram Records 543305
1:33, :24, :27
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Weill/Anderson: September Song
Ella Fitzgerald
Polygram Records 839838
3:43
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Exploring Music: In a Family Way

This week on Exploring Music, we’ll listen to families making music through the generations, each with their own stories to share.

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Exploring Music: Merrie England

This week on Exploring Music with Bill McGlaughlin, we’ll explore English music, from folk music in the country pubs to the pageantry of Royal Albert Hall and Covent Garden.

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Exploring Music: Night Music

“I have always thought that the night is more alive and more richly colored than the day,” Van Gogh once wrote.

This week on Exploring Music, we’ll be sampling nocturnal music from Mozart to Thelonious Monk.

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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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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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Exploring Music: The French Symphonies

This week on Exploring Music, we continue our series on the Symphony with a focus on the Symphonies of French composers.

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Bill begins our week of French Symphonies in Paris.

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The Italian city of Rome was a place of fascination for two French composers.  We’ll hear part of Camille Saint-Saëns’ Symphony in F Major, “Urbs Roma,” and Georges Bizet’s “Roma” Symphony in C.

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Bill explores the beginning of Édouard Lalo’s First Symphony in G minor.

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This story will make you think twice the next time you hop on your bike.  Bill tells us about Ernest Chausson, and we’ll listen to his Symphony No. 1.

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The French composer Paul Dukas is most well known for composing the “Sorcerer’s Apprentice” made famous by Walt Disney with the help of Mickey Mouse.  Here, Bill introduces us to Dukas’ Symphony in C Major.

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Exploring Music: Families of Instruments

This week’s topic is “Families of Instruments.” Join us as Bill studies the instruments that make up the modern Western orchestra.

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Bill begins the study of instrument families with the woodwinds, going into detail on the mechanism of expression for the various members of the family.

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A branch of the orchestra that is close to Bill’s heart is the brass section. In this episode, we get a taste of the Haydn Trumpet Concerto, as performed by modern Jazz and Classical star, Wynton Marsalis.

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Only recently have composers given the percussion family a fair shake. Bill plays pieces by Hindemith, Schwantner, and this Toccata for Percussion by Carlos Chávez.

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The fourth family Bill covers is the string section and we hear the unique Bachiana Brasileira No. 5 for soprano and 8 cellos by Heitor Villa-Lobos.

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In the final episode of our exploration into the families of instruments, Bill reunites the family as he plays some tuneful works by Bartók, Ravel and more.

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Adam Gopnik’s New Yorker article on Bill Evans

In our Triple Play week, Bill mentioned Adam Gopnik’s article that captures the essence of the Bill Evans Trio and the timelessness of its Village Vanguard recording.  Here it is in its entirety:

http://www.billevanswebpages.com/gopnik.html

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