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The Proud Tower, Part II

Part 2 of our look at the 25 years leading up to WWI.

 
Program 1

Bill picks up his exploration of music from the “banquet years” in the early 1900's. We begin in Russia with music from Rimsky-Korsakov and Rachmaninov, travel to Paris to hear Cécile Chaminade and conclude in Austria with Mahler and Franz Lehár.

Strauss: Ein Heldenleben, Op. 40 (excerpt)
Chicago Symphony Orchestra/Reiner
RCA 5408
1:03
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Rimsky-Korsakov: Prelude fr. The Invisible City Of Kitezh
Scottish National Orchestra/Järvi
Chandos 10369
4:58
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Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto #2 In C Minor, Op. 18, I
Philadelphia Orchestra/Stokowski, Rachmaninov, p.
Rachmaninov, p. (rec. 1929)
RCA 61658
9:27
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Sibelius: Violin Concerto in d minor, Op. 47, III
Philadelphia Orchestra/Ormandy; Oistrakh, v.
Sony Classical 47659
7:25
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Chaminade: Sérénade espagnole op. 150
Forsberg, p.; Sparf, v.
DG 471-331-2
1:57
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Chaminade: “Sombrero”
Forsberg, p.; Von Otter, ms.
DG 471-331-2
1:33
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Ravel: Miroirs – IV. Alborada del grazioso
Cooper, p.
Wigmore Hall Live 18
6:30
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Mahler: “Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen” fr. Five Rückert Songs
Cleveland Orchestra/Dohnanyi; José Van Dam, b.
7:07

Lehár: “Es Lebt’ Eine Vilja” fr. The Merry Widow
English Chamber Orchestra/Tate; Fleming, s.
Decca 4588858
5:56
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Lehár: “Da Geh’ Ich Zu Maxim” fr. The Merry Widow
Budapest Philharmonic/Viotti; Hampson, b.
live recording
2:54
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Lehár: Waltz from The Merry Widow (excerpt)
Philharmonia Hungarica/Doráti
Mercury 434338
1:19
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Program 2

Bill takes a look at some of the more scandalous works of Richard Strauss, disccues how personal scandal may have influenced the music of Schoenberg and finishes with lighter works from American composers Herbert, Joplin and Ives.
 

Strauss: excerpt + Tanz der sieben Schleier fr. Salome
Deutsches Oper Berlin/Sinopoli
DG 431810
:55, 9:27
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Wolf-Ferrari: Act III Intermezzo fr. Der Schmuck Der Madonna
Berliner Philharmoniker/Von Karajan
DG 477-716-3
3:41
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Schoenberg: String Quartet No 2 in f# with Soprano, Op 10 (excerpts)
Schoenberg Quartet; Narucki, s.
Chandos 9939
:41, :24, 11:15
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Herbert: “Ah! My heart is back in Napoli” fr. Naughty Marietta
Phiharmonia Orch/Hendricks, s.
EMI 54626
2:50
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Joplin: The Ragtime Dance (excerpt)
Rifkin, p.
Nonesuch 79159
3:18
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Ives: Symphony No. 2, I & V
New York Philharmonic Orchestra/Bernstein
DG 429-220
6:16, 10:17
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Program 3

Bill kicks off with music from French Impressionist composers Debussy and Ravel, pauses in London to listen to Edward Elgar and concludes with excerpts from The Firebird by Stravinsky.


 

Debussy: La Puerta Del Vino fr. Preludes Bk. 2 
Pludermacher, p.
Transart Live 128
3:12
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Ravel: Ondine fr. Gaspard De La Nuit
Argerich, p.
Live from Concertgebouw
EMI 57101
5:15
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Debussy: Le Matin D’Un Jour De Fete fr. Images For Orchestra
London Symphony Orchestra/Previn
EMI 67001
4:52
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Ravel: Rapsodie Espagnole, III & IV
Montreal Symphony Orchestra/Dutoit
Decca 410010
9:10
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Elgar: Violin Concerto In B Minor, Op.61, II
Chicago Symphony Orchestra/Zinman; Shaham, v.
Canary Classics 06
12:09, 3:03 (excerpt)
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Stravinsky: The Firebird (excerpts)
New York Philharmonic Orchestra/Bernstein
Sony 47605
11:15
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Program 4

We open with excerpts from Der Rosenkavalier by Strauss, continue to several works of Schoenberg and end with the final work of Mahler and another Stravinsky ballet.


 

Stauss: Overture fr. Der Rosenkavalier (excerpt)
Staatskapelle Dresden/Haitink
EMI 54259-1
:40
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Strauss: Presentation of the Rose fr. Der Rosenkavalier
Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra/Chailly
Bonney, s.; Graham, ms.
Decca 468818
7:20
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Strauss: Act III Trio fr. Der Rosenkavalier
Metropolitan Opera Orchestra/Levine;
Von Otter, ms.; Grant Murphy, s.; Fleming, s.
DG 449177
6:01
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Schoenberg: Klavierstücke, op.11, I
Mitsuko Uchida, p.
Phil 468033
4:27
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Schoenberg: 5 Pieces For Orchestra, Op. 16, III
Cleveland Orchestra/Dohnányi
Decca 436240
3:00
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Schoenberg: “The Moonspot” fr. Pierrot Lunaire, Op. 21
Philharmonia Orchestra/Craft
Naxos 8.557523
0:53
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Mahler: Symphonie Nr.10 in F#, V (excerpt)
Philadelphia Orchestra/Ormandy
Sony 67874
10:57
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Stravinsky: Pétrouchka (excerpts)
London Symphony Orchestra/Nagano
Erato 23142
14:20, 1:00
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Program 5

Bill reaches the conclusion of his discussion of the “banquet years” leading up to the First World War. Our journey ends with music from Ravel, the second half of The Rite of Spring and as we approach the precipice of war, we hear a piece from George Butterworth.

Berg: “Die Nachtigall” fr. 7 Frühe Lieder
Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra/Chailly; Bonney, s.
Decca 468 818
2:12
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Ravel: Daphnis & Chloe Suite #2
Cleveland Orchestra/Dohnányi
Teldec 44945
16:23
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Stravinsky: The Rite Of Spring, Part II
Chicago Symphony Orchestra/Solti
London 417 704
17:25
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Holst: Mars fr. The Planets Op. 32/H 125
Berlin Philharmonic/Rattle
EMI 69690
3:07 (excerpt)
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Butterworth: A Shropshire Lad – Rhapsody For Orchestra
Hallé Orchestra/Elder
Hallé Concert Society 7503
11:42
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