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Artists in Exile, Part I Purchase Now 

On this edition of Exploring Music, the theme is "Artists in Exile", which refers to "how refugees from 20th Century war and revolution transformed the American arts." On this and the next program, you will hear stories of appreciation of new places, but also of the terrible lonliness that comes from being in exile, forced from one's home by internal strife and placed thousands of miles away in a new world.

Program 1

Bill, with help from the book “Artists in Exile” by Joseph Horowitz, considers the work of composers exiled to America. He begins with a vacationing artist, Antonín Dvořák, before playing music from Ernest Bloch and Sergei Prokofiev, who fled the Soviet Union.

Dvorák: Quartet in F major, American, Op. 96, III (excerpt), II
Takács Quartet
Lon 430077
1:12, 7:38

Prokofiev: Love For Three Oranges Suite, Op. 33
National Symphony Orchestra/Slatkin
RCA 68801

Program 2

We focus on two artists who came to America via Hollywood: Erich Wolfgang Korngold and Miklós Rózsa. We hear Korngold’s Captain Blood and Rózsa’s Spellbound Concerto.

Korngold: Captain Blood (excerpts from the film score)
Brandenburg Philharmonic Orchestra/Kaufman
Marco Polo 8.223607

Rózsa: Theme, Variations and Finale (excerpt)
New Zealand Symphony Orchestra/Sedares
Koch 7191

Rózsa: Violin Concerto, Op. 24, I
Dallas Symphony Orchestra/Hendl; Heifetz, v.
Sony 61752

Program 3

Sergei Rachmaninoff left Russia in 1917 and came to America in 1918. We hear music composed primarily in the 1930’s during Rachmaninoff’s tenure in the States, including his Symphonic Dances and Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini

Rachmaninoff: Symphony #3 In a minor, Op. 44, II
Philadelphia Orchestra/Dutoit
Decca 433181

Rachmaninoff: Rhapsody On A Theme Of Paganini, Op. 43
Chicago Symphony Orchestra/Reiner; Rubinstein, p.
RCA 68886

Rachmaninoff: Rhapsody On A Theme of Paganini (excerpt)
Philadelphia Orchestra/Stokowski; Rachmaninoff, p.
RCA 61265

Program 4

Igor Stravinsky, like Rachmaninoff, didn’t stay long in Russia. Stravinsky made his way to America in 1939. We hear from Symphony of Psalms and Jeu de Cartes.

Stravinsky: Symphony of Psalms, I & II
CBC Symphony Orchestra & Toronto Festival Singers/Stravinsky
Sony 64136

Stravinsky: Concerto in E-Flat, Dumbarton Oaks
Ensemble InterContemporain/Boulez
DG 447405

Program 5

Béla Bartók moved to New York in 1940 after the death of his mother in Budapest. Music helped to revive Bartók during a spate of bad health. Bill plays excerpts from Concerto for Orchestra and Piano Concerto No. 3.

Bartók: Concerto For Orchestra, Sz. 116
Chicago Symphony Orchestra/Solti
Decca 470516
9:04, 12:45, 13:38


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