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Game of Pairs, Part II Purchase Now 

Part II of our look at famous teams in classical music.

Program 1

We kick off part two of the Game of Pairs with French impressionist composers Debussy and Ravel, focusing on their respective string quartets. 

Debussy: String Quartet In G Minor, Op. 10
Emerson Quartet
DG 445509
6:23, 3:46, 7:42, 6:59

Ravel: String Quartet In F, I, II, III (excerpt), IV
Emerson Quartet
DG 445509
1:36, 8:12, 5:59, 2:26, 5:14

Program 2

We continue with more music from Debussy and Ravel, including Debussy’s La Mer and Ravel’s Daphnis et Chloé.  

Claude Debussy: Sonata for Violin and Piano in g, Allegro vivo, Intermede, Tres Anime
Joseph Szigeti, v.; Béla Bartók, p.
Vanguard 72025

Debussy: La Mer, L 109 – De L’Aube À Midi Sur La Mer & Dialogue Du Vent Et De La Mer
Montreal Symphony Orchestra/Charles Dutoit
London 430240

Maurice Ravel: Daphnis et Chloé, Suite No. 2
  I. Lever du jour
  II. Pantomime
  III. Danse Générale

Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal/Charles Dutoit
London 444386

Debussy: La Fille Aux Cheveux De Lin
Columbia Symphony Orchestra/Frank Brieff; Isaac Stern, v.
Sony 64501

Program 3

Bill explores the friendship between Béla Bartók and Zoltán Kodály, in particular their love of Hungarian folk music. We open with a piece arranged by Bartók and played for us by Bill. 

Trad, arr. Bartók: Transylvanian Dance
McGlaughlin, p.

Kodály: Summer Evening (excerpt)
Budapest Philharmonic Orchestra/Kodály
DG 2543809 (LP)

Kodály: Duo Op. 7, III
Jascha Heifetz, v.; Gregor Piatigorsky, vc.
RCA 61758

Bartók: Evening In Transylvania From 10 Easy Pieces (w/Bartok Announcement)
Bartók, p.
Priceless 22719

Bartók: Bagatelle, Op. 6, No. 2
Bartók, p.
Priceless 22719

Bartók: Dance Suite, SZ 77
Philharmonia Hungarica/Antal Doráti
Merc 432017

Kodály: Dances Of Galánta (1933)
Chicago Symphony Orchestra/Neeme Järvi
Chan 8877

Program 4

More from Bartók and Kodály. Bill plays music from Kodály’s opera Háry János and Bartók’s Concerto for Orchestra. 

Zoltán Kodaly: Háry János Suite, Op. 35A
  I. Prelude: The Fairy Tale Begins
  II. Viennese Musical Clock
  III. Song
  IV. Battle & Defeat Of Napoleon
  V. Intermezzo
  VI. Entrance Of The Emperor & His Court

Chicago Symphony Orchestra/Neeme Järvi
Chandos 8877

Bela Bartók: Concerto for Orchestra
  II. Giuoco delle coppie
  IV. Intermezzo interrotto
  V. Finale : pesante

Hungarian State Symphony Orchestra/Adám Fischer
Nimbus 5229
6:58, 14:50

Béla Bartók: Concerto for Piano & Orchestra No. 3
  II. Adagio religioso

Hungarian State Symphony Orchestra/János Ferencsik; Dezsö Ránki, p.
Hungaroton 31036

Program 5

We close our exploration of composer duos with Aaron Copland and Leonard Bernstein, including music composed by Copland and conducted by Bernstein. 

Aaron Copland: Symphony #2, Short Symphony (excerpt)
London Symphony Orchestra/Copland
Sony 47232

Copland: El Salón México
New York Philharmonic Orchestra/Leonard Bernstein
DG 431 672

Copland: Piano Variations
Stephen Hough, p.
Hyperion 67005

Copland: Appalachian Spring
SPCO/Dennis Russell Davies
Pro Arte 140
3:33, 7:05

Copland: Symphony #3 – 4. Molto Deliberato (excerpt)
New York Philharmonic Orchestra/Leonard Bernstein
DG 419 170

Bernstein: Symphony No. 2 for Piano and Orchestra, The Age of Anxiety (after W.H. Auden) [original 1949 version]
  The Masque
  The Epilogue

New York Philharmonic/Bernstein; Lukas Foss, p.
DG 415 964

Bernstein: Agathon fr. Serenade
London Symphony Orchestra/Hugh Wolff; Brian Lewis, v.
Delos 3357

Copland: Clarinet Concerto, I (excerpt)
New York Philharmonic Orchestra/Bernstein; Drucker, cl.
DG 431 672


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