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The Proud Tower, Part I

On this edition of Exploring Music, we look at the "banquet years" leading up to the First World War.

 
Program 1

Bill launches his investigation of music composed during the 25 years leading up to the First World War with a look at Wagner, Brahms, Bruckner and Verdi.

Mahler: Symphony No. 6 (excerpt)
CSO/Solti
Decca 430804
1:11
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Dvorák: Largo fr. Symphony No.9 (excerpts)
Cleveland Orchestra/Szell
Sony MH2K 63151
1:00, 1:28
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Wagner: Finale: Immolation Of The Gods fr. Götterdämmerung
Wiener Philharmoniker/Solti
Decca 410 137-2
4:33
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J. Strauss Jr.: Geschichten Aus Dem Wienerwald, Op. 325 (excerpt)
Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra/Karajan
DG 410 027-2
1:30
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Brahms: Clarinet Quintet In B Minor, Op. 115- Allegro
Emerson String Quartet; Shifrin, cl.
DG 459 641-2
10:08
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Bruckner: Symphony #8 In C Minor, WAB 108, I
LSO/Tennstedt
EMI 764849
14:19
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Verdi: Falstaff, Act I Scene I
Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra/Abbado
Bryn Terfel (Falstaff), Enrico Facini (Dr. Caius), Anatoly Kotscherga (Pistol), Anthony Mee (Bardolf)
DG 471 194-2
15:20
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Program 2

Bill moves to the middle aged composers of the 1890's, Dvorak and Tchaikovsky, and concludes with the young bucks Debussy and Strauss.

Brahms: Intermezzo in b minor, Op. 119 (excerpt)
Goode, p.
Nonesuch 79154
1:02
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Dvorák: Symphony No.9: II. Largo
Cleveland Orchestra/Szell
Sony 63151
12:10
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Tchaikovsky: Sym. No. 6 h-moll, op. 74, Pathétique, IV
New York Phil/Bernstein
Sony 47635
11:46
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Claude Debussy : Prélude À L’Après-Midi D’Un Faune, L 86 
Cleveland Orchestra/Boulez
DG 435 766-2
8:55
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Richard Strauss: Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche, Op. 28
CSO/Solti
London 414043-2
15:08
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Program 3

As we approach the turn of the century, Bill examines more Strauss and continues the journey with Mahler, Chausson and Dukas. 
 

Strauss: Also Sprach Zarathustra, op. 30: Einleitung 
(excerpt)
CSO/Solti
London 440618 
1:55
 
Strauss: Ein Heldenleben, Op.40 (excerpt)
Chicago Symphony Orchestra/Reiner
RCA RCD1-5408
7:15 
 
Sandra Boynton: Moo, Moo, Moo, Quack, Quack (excerpt)
fr. the CD/book The Dog Train
ISBN-13: 9780761139669
:40 
 
Mahler: Des Knaben Wunderhorn: “Lob des hohen Verstandes”
Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra/Bernstein; Schmidt, b.
DG 459 081-2
2:34
 
Mahler: “Wo die schönen Trompeten blasen”
Morris, p.; Baker, ms.
Nimbus 5084
6:09
 
Ravel: Habanera fr. Sites Auriculaires
Laredo, p.; Rouvier, p. 
Denon 33C37-7907
2:45
 
Chausson: Poeme, Op. 25
Orchestre de Paris/Martinon; Perlman, v.
EMI 47725
16:35
 
Dukas: The Sorcerer's Apprentice
Philadelphia Orchestra/Ormandy
RCA 09026-63313-2
10:39

 

Program 4

Bill continues our march toward the 1900’s with excerpts from Puccini’s La Bohème, the first symphony of Amy Beach and concludes with Dvorak's Rusalka in 1899.

Sibelius: Symphony No. 1 in e minor, Op. 39, I
Boston Symphony Orchestra/Davis
Philips 416 600-2
11:23
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Puccini: Musetta’s Waltz fr. La Bohème, Act II
New Philharmonia Orchestra/Downes; Price, s.
RCA 59420
2:37
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Puccini: “O Soave Fanciulla” fr. La Bohème
London Philharmonic Orchestra/Solti;
Caballe, s.; Domingo,t.
RCA 63299
3:59
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Rachmaninoff: Moment Musicaux No. 2 & No. 4
Hobson, p.
Arabesque Z6685
3:37, 2:55
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Beach: Symphony in E minor, Op.32, Gaelic, I
Detroit Symphony/Järvi
Chandos 8958
11:11
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Ives: The Circus Band
San Francisco Symphony/Tilson Thomas
RCA 63703
3:02
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Rosas: Sobre las Olas (Over the Waves)
London Symphony Orchestra/Gibson
Main Street 6605
7:01
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Dvorák: Rusalka, Op. 114- “Song To The Moon”
LSO/Solti; Fleming, s.
London 455 760-2
6:47
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Program 5

Bill brings us boldly into the 20th century with music from Elgar, Schoenberg, Zemlinsky and closes with Debussy’s La Mer.

Sousa: The Liberty Bell March (excerpt)
Eastman Wind Ensemble/Fennell
Mercury 434300
3:26
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Herbert: March Of The Toys fr. Babes in Toyland
St. Louis Symphony/Slatkin
RCA 60778
3:45
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Elgar: Cockaigne Overture, Op. 40, “In London Town”
LSO/Previn
Phil 454250
14:48
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Schoenberg: Verklarte Nacht (excerpt)
Nash Ensemble
Virgin Classics 93478
2:22
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Schoenberg: Gürrelieder – Orchestervorspiel (excerpt)
Berlin Philharmonic/Rattle
EMI 57303
6:56
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Zemlinsky: Die Seejungfrau, III
Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra/Chailly
Decca 444969
12:40
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Debussy: La Mer, I + III (excerpt)
Lucerne Festival Orchestra/Abbado
DG 4775082
8:34
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