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On this edition of Exploring Music, we look at a number of composers who are extremely well-known for a single piece of music, and then examine other things they have written.

Program 1

Bill decides to go beyond a composer’s most well known piece and plays other works from their repertoire including Pachelbel’s Suite in G and Albinoni’s “Stelle Ingrate.”

Pachelbel: Canon in D
Paillard Chamber Orchestra/ Paillard
Erato 98475

Pachelbel: Suite in G Major (excerpts)
Paillard Chamber Orchestra/ Paillard
Erato 98475

Albinoni: Oboe Concerto in Bb Major, Op. 9 #11
I Solisti Italiani; Schellenberger, ob.
Denon 75338

Albinoni: Adagio in g minor
Orpheus Chamber Orchestra
DG 429390

Albinoni: “Stelle Ingrate”
Accademia Bizantina/Dantone; Scholl, ct.
Decca 530002

Gliére: Horn Concerto in Bb Major, Op. 91, II & III
Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchetra/Masur, Baumann, hn.
Phi 416380
Gliére: Russian Sailor’s Dance fr. The Red Poppy
Philadelphia Orch/Ormandy
RCA 63313


Program 2

Bill turns now to France for a pair of composers whose other pieces have been overshadowed by their most popular works. We hear music from Paul Dukas and Emmanuel Chabrier.

Dukas: Fanfare fr. La Péri
ORTF Nat’l Orch/Slatkin
RCA 68802

Dukas: Villanelle
Leipzig Gewandhaus Orch/Masur; Baumann, hn.
Phi 416380

Dukas: The Sorcerer’s Apprentice
Berlin Phil/ Levine
DG 419617

Dukas: Symphony in C Major, II
BBC Phil/Tortelier
Chan 24132
Chabrier: Idylle fr. Dix Piecès Pittoresques
Hewitt, p.
Hyp 67515
Chabrier: “Chanson pour Jeanne”
Hendricks, s.; Dalberto, p.
EMI 555388
Chabrier: España
Philadelphia Orch/Ormandy
RCA 63313
Chabrier: Habanera
Toulouse Capitole Orchestra/Plasson
EMI 54004


Program 3

We move to Italy for more composers with a major work that tends to dominate their repertoire including music from Leoncavallo's lesser heard version of La Bohème and we hear a piece made famous by Disney's Fantasia.

Ponchielli: Capriccio for Oboe and Orchestra (excerpt)
Berlin Symphony Orch/Flor; Glaetzner, ob.
Cap 10281

Ponchielli: “Cielo e Mar” fr. La Gioconda
Orch; Björling, ten.
EMI 65806

Ponchielli: Dance of the Hours fr. La Gioconda
Philadelphia Orch/Ormandy
RCA 63313

Leoncavallo: Prologue fr. Pagliacci (excerpt)
Concertgebouw Orch/Chailly
Decca 24602

Leoncavallo: Pagliacci (excerpts)
La Scala/Ghione; Gigli,
Nimb 7843

Leoncavallo: La Bohème (excerpts)
La Fenice Orch/Koenig
Nuova Era 7300
​7:25, :24

Puccini: La Bohème (excerpts)
Decca 421049

Leoncavallo: “Mattinata”
Orch; Pavarotti, ten.
EMI 65806

Sherman: “Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah” (excerpt)
Allan Sherman

Program 4

We open with the theme to Masterpiece Theater, composed by Jean-Joseph Mouret and continue with an aria from Alfredo Catalani which features in the film Diva.

Mouret: Rondeau
Läubin Brothers, tpts.; Preston, org
DG 419245

Mouret: Andromède et Persée (excerpts)
Arion Ensemble
Radio Canada 1081

Catalani: Scherzo
La Scala Phil/Muti
Sony 63025

Catalani: “Ebben… Ne Andrò Lontana” fr. La Wally
LPO/Mackerras; Fleming, s.
Lon 467049
Catalani: “Nel Verde Maggio” fr. Loreley
Philharmonia Orch/Cura; Cura, ten.
Erato 27317
Gounod: Soldier’s Chorus fr. Faust
Regis 1137
Gounod: Symphony No. 1 in D Major, I
Academy of St. Martin in-theFields/Marriner
Phil 462125
Bizet: Symphony No. 1 in C Major, I
St. Paul Chamber Orch/Wolff
Teldec 77309
Bizet: Carmen Suite No. 1
NBC Symphony/ Toscanini
RCA 6205
Catalani: Tempo di Walzer (alla tedesca)
Spada & Cozzolino, pnos.
ASV 956
Program 5

As Bill wraps up his show on one hit wonders in classical music, he turns his attention to Gustav Holst and The Planets.

Holst: Mars fr. The Planets
DG 429730

Holst: Ave Maria, Op. 9b
Finzi Singers/Spicer
Chan 9425

Holst: Suite in Eb Major, Op. 28 No. 1
London Wind Orchestra/Wick
Resonance 3006

Holst: The Hymn of Jesus, I & II
Chan 2406
Holst: Jupiter fr. The Planets
DG 429730
Holst: Brook Green Suite (excerpt)
City of London Sinfonia/Hickox
Chan 9270
Toselli: Serenade
Orch; Gigli, ten.
4:14, 1:15



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