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It's a week of transcriptions. We'll sample the creative efforts of gifted composers who gave life and vitality to existing music by transforming it into something new. Selections include music by Bach, Copland, Liszt and Ravel.

Program 1

On this hour the simple is made spectacular with folk songs reimagined by Copland and Britten.

Strauss: Don Quixote (excerpt)
Cleveland Orch/Szell; Fournier, vc.
Sony 63123

Britten: “The Salley Gardens”, “Oliver Cromwell” & “The Foggy, Foggy Dew”
Terfel, bar.; Martineau, p.
DG 421602

Copland: “Simple Gifts” fr. Old American Songs
English Chamber Orchestra/Davis; Horne, ms.
Lon 448261

Copland: Appalachian Spring Suite (excerpt)
Orpheus Chamber Orchestra
DG 427335

Copland: Appalachian Spring (excerpt)
St. Louis Symphony/Slatkin
EMI 49766

Gibbons: In Nomine à 5
Philip Jones Brass Ensemble
Decca 80702

Albinoni/Giazotto: Adagio for Organ and Strings in g minor
Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra/Münchiger
Lon 417781

Wagner, arr. Caillet: Elsa’s Procession to the Cathedral fr. Lohengrin
Eastman Wind Ensemble/Fennell
Mercury 434322

RimskyKorsakov, arr. Woodfield: Flight of the Bumblebee
Black Dyke Milles Band/Parkes
Chan 4513

Paganini, arr. Snell: Moto Perpetuo, Op. 11
R. & N. Childs, euphs.
Chan 4513

Ravel: Prelude fr. Le Tombeau de Couperin(excerpt)
Thibaudet, p.
Decca 433515

Ravel: Prelude & Rigaudon fr. Le Tombeau de Couperin (excerpts)
Lyon Opera Orchestra/Nagano
Warner Bros. 46031
1:45, 1:39


Program 2

Composers reimagine their own works in this episode of Exploring Music, including Brahms, Schubert and Strauss. 

Schubert: “Der Tod und das Mädchen”, D. 531
FischerDieskau, bar.; Moore, p.
DG 463503

Schubert: Quartet for Strings No. 14, Death and the Maiden, II
Emerson String Quartet
DG 459151

Brahms, arr. Schoenberg: Piano Quartet Op. 25, III & IV
Cleveland Orchestra/ Dohnányi
TC 093-75

Brahms: Quartet for Piano and Strings No. 1 in g minor, Op. 25, IV
Kremer, v.; Bashmet, vla.; Argerich, p.; Maisky, vc.
DG 463700

J. Strauss II, arr. Schoenberg: Kaiserwaltzer
Alban Berg Quartet
EMI 54881


Program 3

This episode has new takes on old Baroque favorites, with compelling retoolings of Bach, Vivaldi and more. 

Vivaldi: Concerto for Four Violins in b minor, RV 580, III
Academy of Ancient Music/Hogwood
Phil 689302

J.S. Bach: Concerto for Four Harpsichords in a minor, BWV 1065, III
Academy of Ancient Music/Hogwood
L’Oiseau 443053

J.S. Bach: Partita No. 3 in E Major, BWV 1006, I
Hahn, v.
Sony 62793

J.S. Bach: Sinfonia fr. Cantata “Wir danken dir, Gott”, BWV 29
La Stravangaza Köln/Manze
Brilliant 92721

J.S. Bach, arr. Busoni: In Thee is Joy
Browning, p
EMI 67017

J.S. Bach: Goldberg Variations, BWV 988 (excerpts)
Gould, p.
Sony 90387
1:28, 2:13, :46

Conversation in the recording studio between Glenn Gould and his producer, Howard H.Scott

J.S. Bach, arr. Sitkovetsky: Goldberg Variations, BWV 988 (excerpts)
NES Chamber Orchestra/ Sitkovetsky
Nonesuch 79341
11:13, 9:40, 4:18


Program 4

Same great Bach, but with completely fresh and different instrumentations; Fretwork's take on the Art of the Fugue is a stand out. 

J.S. Bach: Fugue in g minor, BWV 578
Alain, org.
Erato 96358

J.S. Bach, arr. Stokowski: Fugue in g minor, BWV 578
L.A. Phil/Salonen
Sony 89012

J.S. Bach, arr. Schoenberg: Prelude in E flat major, BWV 552, St. Anne (excerpt)
L.A. Phil/Salonen
Sony 89012

J.S. Bach, arr. Webern: Ricercare fr. The Musical Offering, BWV 1079
L.A. Phil/Salonen
Sony 89012

J.S. Bach: Contrapunctus 1 [a 4] fr. The Art of the Fugue
HM 907296

J.S. Bach: Contrapunctus IV & VI, In Style Francese, fr. The Art of the Fugue
Emerson String Quartet
DG B0000908

J.S. Bach: Canon in Augmentation and Contrary Motion fr. Art of the Fugue
HM 907296

J.S. Bach, arr. Berio: Contrapunctus XIX fr. The Art of the Fugue
Verdi Grand Symphonic Orchestra Milan/Chailly
Decca 482902

C.P.E. Bach: Solfeggietto
The Swingle Singers
Verve 826948


Program 5

The great virtuosi of the 19th century round of this week of Exploring Music, with their dramatic piano reworkings of Paganini caprices.

Liszt: Réminiscences de Don Juan, S. 418
Lang, p.
DG 204702

Paganini: Concerto for Violin No. 2, La Campanella (excerpt)
Chamber Orchestra of Santa Cecilia/Ughi; Ughi, v.
RCA 7844

Liszt: Six Grand Etudes After Paganini: La Campanella
Watts, p.
EMI 74504

Paganini: Caprice No. 24 in a minor (excerpt)
Rabin, v.
EMI 67998

Liszt: Six Grand Etudes After Paganini: No. 6 in a minor
Watts, p.
EMI 74504

Rachmaninov: Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 43
Royal Phil/Horenstein; Wild, p.
Chan 10078



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