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The Birds and the Bees (and other little creatures)

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eighth blackbird

Wednesday night at 10:00 PM

This week on Cedille Chicago Presents, Jim Ginsburg features music inspired by nature in honor of WFMT’s February theme, The Animal Kingdom. The show offers bird-inspired music spanning over 300 years.

Imitating birdsong in music is irresistible to composers, from Vivaldi to Mahler, from Haydn to Dvorak. Perhaps no one took that task as seriously as French composer Olivier Messiaen who began taking side trips when he traveled in order to hear and transcribe the calls of local birds.

 

Carlos Rafael Rivera

Carlos Rafael Rivera

CARLOS RAFAEL RIVERA (b. 1970)
The Raven Dance (Vranjanski Cocek) (3:06)
Cavatina Duo

 

JEAN PHILIPPE RAMEAU (1683–1764)
Le rappel des oiseaux (Bird Calls) (2:18)
Dmitry Paperno, piano

 

 

 

 

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Olivier Messiaen

OLIVIER MESSIAEN (1908–1992)
from Visions de L’Amen
Amen des anges, des saints, du chant des oiseaux (6:54)
Ursula Oppens, piano
Jerome Lowenthal, piano

 

MIKHAIL GLINKA (1804–1857)/tr. BALAKIREV
The Lark (5:09)
Dmitry Paperno, piano

 

JOHANNES BRAHMS (1833–1897)
Nachtigall, Op. 97, No. 1 (2:28)
Patrice Michaels, soprano
Deborah Sobol, piano

 

GIAN CARLO MENOTTI (1911–2007)
from The Medium
Black Swan Duet (3:12)
Patrice Michaels, soprano
Joyce Castle, mezzo-soprano
Chicago Opera Theater
Lawrence Rapchak, conductor

 

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Gian Carlo Menotti

DOMINICK ARGENTO (b. 1927)
To Be Sung Upon the Water
IV. Fair is the Swan (1:38)
Patrice Michaels, soprano
Elizabeth Buccheri, piano
Larry Combs, clarinet

 

LITA GRIER (b. 1937)
Five Songs for Children (1962/1999)
5. The Bluebird (1:48)
Michelle Areyzaga, soprano
Welz Kauffman, piano

 

THOMAS ALBERT (b. 1948)
Thirteen Ways (1997)
XII. Seamless, expansive (1:56)
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Chicago-based ensemble Eighth Blackbird takes its name from a piece inspired by the Beatles tune

Chicago-based ensemble eighth blackbird takes its name from a piece inspired by the Beatles tune

 

 

ROBERT APPLEBAUM (b. 1941)
Spring (2:51)
Chicago a cappella

 

Darius Milhaud (white suit) at his family country house

Darius Milhaud (in white) at his country house

DARIUS MILHAUD (1892–1974)
Suite d’apres Corrette
VIII. Le Coucou (0:59)
The Chicago Chamber Musicians
Michael Henoch, oboe
Larry Combs, clarinet
William Buchman, bassoon

 

 

 

ABBIE BETINIS (b. 1980)
Toward Sunshine, Toward Freedom: Songs of Smaller Creatures (9:07)
1. the bees’ song
2. a noiseless, patient spider
Grant Park Chorus
Christopher Bell, conductor

 

LEE KESSELMAN (b. 1951)
Buzzings: Three Pieces about Bees (4:11)
I. To make a prairie
II. A Bee his burnished Carriage
III. Bee! I’m expecting you!
Grant Park Chorus
Christopher Bell, conductor

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