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Bill explores the musical expressions of man as he travels through nature and beyond. Works include Beethoven's Pastoral Symphony, Strauss' Alpine Symphony and Villa-Lobos' Bachianas Brasileiras.

Program 1

Liszt: Années de Pèlerinage, 1st year (excerpt)
Hough, p.
Hyp 67424

Vaughan Williams: “The Vagabond” from Songs of Travel
Terfel, bs. bar.; Martineau, p.
DG 445946
Vaughan Williams: Symphony No. 1, A Sea Symphony, I
Atlanta Symphony Orchestra & Chorus/Spano
Telarc 80588
Hovhaness: Symphony No. 2, Mysterious Mountain, Op. 132
American Composer’s Orchestra/Davies
Nimbus 2512
Grieg: Mountaineer’s Tune
English Chamber Orch/Langford; Petri, rec.
Mozart: Cosi fan Tutti, Act I finale
Chamber Orchestra of Europe/Solti; von Otter, ms.; Scarabelli, s.; Fleming, s.; 
Bär, bar.; Lopardo, ten.; Pertusi, bar.
Program 2

Villa-Lobos: Vocalise fr. Forest of the Amazon (excerpt)
Moscow Radio Symphony Orchestra/Heller; Fleming, s.
Delos 1037

Strauss: Alpine Symphony, Op. 64
Vienna Phil/Previn
Telarc 80211
22:10, 26:10
Villa-Lobos: Bachiana Brasileira No. 2, The Little Train of the Brazilian 
Simon Bolivar SO of Venezuela/Mata
Dorian 90179
Program 3

Ives: Concord Sonata (excerpts)
Denk, p.
Live from the 2008 Gilmore Festival
:32, :25

Beethoven: Symphony No. 6 in F Major, Pastoral, Op. 68, I
Vienna Phil/Abbado
DG 419779
13:23, 2:24
Ireland: “Sea Fever”
Terfel, bs. bar.; Martineau, p.
DG B0004216
Berlioz: Le Corsaire, Op. 21 (after The Red Rover of J.F. Cooper)
Phil 456149
Sibelius: The Ocenides, Op. 73
City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra/Rattle
EMI 47515
Vaughan Williams: Hebrides fr. Costal Command
Philharmonia Orch/Alwyn
Silva 1011
Keel: Trade Winds
Terfel, bs. bar.; Martineau, p.
DG B0004216
Vaughan Williams: Sea Songs
Northern Sinfonia/Hickox
EMI 49770
arr. Pine, Fraser
Medley of Scots Tunes
Pine, Fraser, vlns.
Cedille 90000053


Program 4

Wagner: : Pilgrims' Chorus; “Beglückt darf nun dich”
Wiener Staatsopernchor, Braun,t. Dernesch, ms.
Vienna Phil/Solti
Decca 289466 075-2

Bizet: Carmen; Ecoute, Ecoute, Compagnon, Ecoute
Orchestre Du Theatre National De L'Opera/Prêtre; Callas, s.; Gedda, t.
EMI 56281
Berlioz: Harold en Italie, op.16, 3. Sérénade 
London Symphony Orchestra/ Davis; Imai, vla.
Phillips 456-143
Morricone: Marco Polo; Main Theme
Roma Sinfonietta/ Morricone; Yo-Yo Ma, c.
Sony 93456
Mahler: Das Lied von der Erde: VI. Der Abschied
New Philharmonia Orchestra/ Klemperer; Ludwig, s.
EMI 74523
1:08 {excerpt}
Program 5

Smetana: Vltava (The Moldau)
Czech Philharmonic Orchestra/Kubelìk
Supraphon 1997

Cohen/Smetana: Israel Nation Anthem; Hatikvah (excerpt)
Anthems of all Nations
Smithsonian Folkways Recordings
Label/ Archvie: Folkways Records (1956}
Villa-Lobos: Sails; Forest of the Amazon
Moscow Radio Symphony Orchestra/Heller; Fleming, v s.
Delos 1037
Villa-Lobos: On the way to the Hunt Forest of the Amazon: (excerpt)
Moscow Radio Symphony Orchestra/Heller; Fleming, s.;
Delos 1037
Ferde Grofe: The Grand Canyon Suite
I. Sunrise
II. Painted Desert
III. On the Trail
IV. Sunset
V. Cloudburst
Philadelphia Orchestra/Ormandy; Carroll, vln; Smith, celesta
Sony SBK 62402
Evans: “ Nature Boy like tune”
Bill Evans,p.
Practice Tape no.1 



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Steffen Demeter
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Michael Sanders
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Claudia Wertz
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