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AAmerican Masters, Part IAmerican Masters, Part II American Masters, Part IIIAmerican Masters, Part IVAmerican Masters, Part V An Intelligent Conversation: String Quartets Arias & BarcarollesArtists in Exile, Part IArtists in Exile, Part IIAutumn Leaves Autumnal Masterpieces BBach Sleeps in on Sundays Bach to Beethoven Bach's Christmas OratorioBach's Not-So-Minor B-Minor MassBallad of East and West Barber, SamuelBartok, BelaBeethoven & that Danged Metronome (FREE)Beethoven and the PianoBeethoven at Parnassus, Part IBeethoven at Parnassus, Part IIBeethoven QuartetsBerlioz, HectorBernstein, LeonardBill's Keepers Boulanger, NadiaBrahms, Johannes, Part IBrahms, Johannes, Part II Britten, Benjamin Bruckner, AntonCCall for ScoresCello Concertos Child's PlayChopin, FredericClash of the Titans Clowning AroundCopland, AaronCorigliano, JohnCzech out those Bohemians DDebussy, ClaudeDemons, Spooks and Other Things That Go Bump in the NightDirector's ChoiceDistant NeighborsDon't Shoot the Piano PlayerDvorak, AntoninDvorak, Tchaikovsky & Borodin String Quartets EElgar, EdwardEmotion and Meaning in MusicEspanaFFamilies of Instruments Family MattersFauré, GabrielFit for a KingFour SeasonsFrom This Mighty River: Music of the Children of J.S BachGGame of Pairs, Part I Game of Pairs, Part IIGershwin, GeorgeGet the PictureGitana: Gypsy Music and Its Influences Green and Pleasant Land (FREE)HHandel, George FridericHaydn and Mozart QuartetsHaydn SymphoniesHidden Gold, Part IHHidden Gold, Part IIHindemith, PaulHit or Myth Holiday CelebrationHomageII Didn't Know About YouI Hear a Rhapsody I Hear America SingingI Lost it at the Movies (FREE)In a Family WayIncidentally SpeakingIntimate VoicesInvitation to the Dance, Part I Invitation to the Dance, Part II Invitation to the Dance, Part IIIIt Takes Two to TangoIt Was a Lover and His Lass Italian SouvenirsJJanacek, LeosKKeyboard SmorgasbordLLatin CarnivalLes SixLife Among the Dead: Requiem MassesListener's Choice, Part IIListener's Choice, Part IIILiszt, Franz Little Traveling Music, Please MMaestro, Part IMaestro, Part IIMagnificent MagyarsMahler, Gustav, Part IMahler, Gustav, Part IIMaiden VoyagesMendelssohn, FelixMendelssohn, Schumann and Brahms String QuartetsMerrie EnglandMozart at his Zenith Mozart Piano ConcertosMozart's Birthday BashMozart: Bright Lights, Big CityMusic for the MassesMusic in the Time of WarMusic of Scandinavia (FREE)Musical Cryptograms NNationalismNew Releases, Part IINew Releases, Part III, week 1 of 2New Releases, Part III, week 2 of 2 New Wine in Old Bottles Nielsen, Carl Ninth SymphoniesNobody Ever Builds a Statue to a CriticOOrpheus in the New World Outward BoundPPastoral Symphonies Piano ConcertosPolandPortraits in Black, Brown, & Beige, Part I Portraits in Black, Brown, & Beige, Part II Poulenc, FrancisProkofiev, SergeiProud Tower, Part IProud Tower, Part IIRRachmaninoff, SergeiRRavel, Maurice Respighi, OttorinoRimsky-Korsakov and His PupilsRoaring 20'sRussian Five: The Mighty HandfulSSchool DaysSchubert String QuartetsSchubertiade, Part ISchubertiade, Part IISchuman, WilliamSchumann, Robert Shakespeare Shostakovich, Dmitri, Part I (FREE)Shostakovich, Dmitri, Part IISibelius and GriegSlipped Through the Cracks Sounds of the City of Lights SoundtracksSpanish SchoolSpring is Here St-Saëns, Camille St. Matthew PassionStrauss, RichardStravinsky, Igor String Quartets from Fibich to SibeliusStrings Plus OneSweet Home Chicago Symphony, Part 01Symphony, Part 02 Symphony, Part 03 Symphony, Part 04Symphony, Part 05 Symphony, Part 06 (French)Symphony, Part 07 (Russian)Symphony, Part 08 Symphony, Part 09Symphony, Part 10TTchaikovsky, Peter, Part ITchaikovsky, Peter, Part IIThe Big Five, Part I: Chicago Symphony OrchestraThe Big Five, Part I: New York PhilharmonicThe Big Five, Part II: New York PhilharmonicThrough the Mail SlotTone Poems Too Darn BigTriple PlayTudor MusicTwo Very Different Worlds Delius and HolstUUnder the Hood, Part IUnder the Hood, Part IIUnfinished SymphoniesVVariationsVaughan Williams, RalphVeniceVerdi, Giuseppe, Part IVerdi, Giuseppe, Part IIVienna, Part IVienna, Part II (FREE)ViolaViolin Concerto Voices from the East WWagner's Ring CycleWagner, RichardWalton, WilliamWater MusicWhat Else Ya Got?Wind QuintetsWunderkinder, Part IWunderkinder, Part IIYYou and the Night and the Music
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Espana Purchase Now
Bill takes on the confluence of cultures, languages and terrains that comprise the country of Spain. We begin the week with religious music of early Spain during a time in which Islam, Judaism and Christianity existed side by side to 1492, when the Jews and Moors of Spain were forced out. Then we travel through the sounds of the next 400 hundred years and conclude with music from present day Spain.
Bill takes on the confluence of cultures, languages and terrains that comprise the country of Spain. We launch with religious music of early Spain during a time in which Islam, Judaism and Christianity existed side by side. We reach 1492, when the Jews and Moors of Spain were forced out, and Bill plays music of the Jewish diaspora. We close with music from Spain's period of wealth following the discovery of the Americas, including music of Cristóbal de Morales and Francisco Guerrero.
Sor: Seguidillas (excerpt)
Berganza, ms.; Moreno, g.
Quzmãn: Zajal: “Yáhnï-kúm, Yahnï-kum!” (excerpt)
Anon.: Planctus: “Plange Castella misera”
Anon.: La Afrenta de Corpes from the Poema de Mio Çid (excerpt)
Alfonzo X (el Sabio): Cantigas de Santa Maria
Anon.: Las Estrellas de los cielos
Alia Vox 9809
Morales: Kyrie fr. Missa Si bona suscepimus
Mudarra: Recuerde el alma dormida
Guerrero: Maria Magdelena
Milan: Fantasia #16
Bill picks up with music from Alonso Lobo, a pupil of Francisco Guerrero, and Tomás Luis de Victoria, arguably the most famous Spanish composer of the 16th century. We continue with Italian transplants in Spain, with music from Domenico Scarlatti who moved with his patroness to Spain in 1728, and Luigi Boccherini, who stayed in Spain after playing there on tour.
Lobo: Ave Maria
Dalza: Calata ala spagnola
Victoria: Missa Pro Victoria
The Cardinall’s Musick
Scarlatti: Piano Sonata in E Major, L. 430 & Piano Sonata in G Major, L. 209
Soler: Sonata No. 1 in A
Cedille 90000 009
Boccherini: Night Music of Madrid (excerpt)
Discover International 920129
We move into 18th century Spain with the music of Fernando Sor and Juan Crisóstomo de Arriaga, known as the "Spanish Mozart." We hear masterful violin, guitar and piano music from the 18th and 19th century before we conclude with music of Enrique Granados, including Goyescas, his interpretation of paintings by Francisco Goya.
Sor: Seguidillas (excerpts)
Berganza, ms.; Moreno, g.
Arriaga: Overture to Los Esclavos Felices
Le Concert des Nations/Savall
Sarasate: Spanish Dances for Violin & Piano- Malagueña & Zapateado
Barton, v.; Sanders, p.
Tarrega: Gran Jota
Albeniz: Iberia, I & II
de Larrocha, p.
Lon 417 887
Granados: Llorad corazón & Iban al pinar from Colección de canciones amatorias
Orchestre de la Société du Conservatoire Paris/de Burgos; De Los Angeles, s.
Granados: Goyescas (excerpt)
de Larrocha, p.
Bill takes a look at Claude Debussy, Maurice Ravel, Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov and the music they wrote inspired by Spain. Ravel's mother came from the Basque region of Spain and the influence is clear in his Rhapsody Espagnole. We end with music from American jazz pianist Chick Corea, his piece Spain.
Debussy: La Puerta del Vino
Ravel: Rhapsody Espagnole, III & IV
Rimsky-Korsakov: Capriccio Espagñol, IV & V
Debussy: Iberia (excerpt)
Massenet: Aragonaise fr. Le Cid
Hollywood Bowl Orchestra/Dragon
Corea, p.; Patitucci, bs.; Weckl, dr.
We close out our week of music from and about Spain with music from the 20th century. We hear from Joaquín Turina, Xavier Montsalvatge of the Catalan region and Manuel de Falla. We also hear what is considered that most famous piece of 20th century Spanish classical music, Concierto de Aranjuez by Joaquín Rodrigo.
Turina: Sinfonia Sevillana, II- Por el rio Guadalquivir
Montsalvatge: Cinco Canciones Negras- Nos. 1, 2, 4 & 5
Orchestre de la Société du Conserva-toire Paris/De Burgos; De los Angeles
Rodrigo: Concierto de Aranjuez, II
Philharmonia Orchestra/Domingo; Barrueco, g.
Falla: Night in the Gardens of Spain, II & III
Suisse Romande Orchestra/Comissiona; De Larrocha, p.
Rodrigo: Coplas del Pastor enamorado
Domingo, tn.; Barrueco, g.
Rodrigo, arr. Evans: Concierto de Aranjuez, II