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Spring is Here

Spring is in the air as we celebrate the emergence of flowers and sunshine from beneath the melting winter ice. We will hear Spring from Vivaldi's Four Seasons, Beethoven’s Spring Sonata, Strauss--and this time of year can’t be complete without a little rain, so from Chopin, Prelude in D flat, Op. 28 No. 15, commonly known as “The Raindrop”.

Program 1

Vivaldi: Spring fr. The Four Seasons
Orpheus Chamber Ensemble; Shaham, v.
DG 439933

Glazunov: Spring fr. The Seasons
Philharmonia Orchestra/ Svetlanov
EMI 69361

Haydn: Der Fruhling fr. Die Jahreszeiten
English Baroque Soloists, Monteverdi Choir/ Gardiner; Bonney, s., RoleJohnson, t., Schmidt, bs.
Arch 431818

Tchaikovsky: June from Seasons
Pletnev, p.
Virg 45402


Program 2

Respighi: La Primavera fr. Botticelli Tryptich
St. Paul Chamber Orchestra/Wolff
Teld 91729

Delius: On Hearing the First Cuckoo of Spring
Halle Orchestra/ Barbirolli
EMI 65119

Bach: “Wenn die Fruhlings lufte streichen,” Cantata BWV 202 No. 5
Orchestra of St. Luke’s/ Nelson; Perlman, v.; Battle, s.
DG 429737-2
J. Strauss II: Voices of Spring
Vienna Phil/ Karajan; Battle, s.
DG 419616
Granados: Spring, Romance without Words
Riva, p.
Centaur 2043
Mahler: Symphony No. 1 (excerpts)
New York Phil/Masur; Hagegård, bar.
Teld 74868
19:24, :49
Piazzolla: Primavera Porteña
Trio Fundacion Astor Piazzolla
Times Square 9014


Program 3

Chopin, arr. Spring
Liszt: Shehori, p.
Connoiseur 4189

Beethoven: Violin Sonata No. 5 in F, Spring Sonata
Perlman, v.; Ashkenazy, p.
Lon 410554
24:18, 4:49

Bridge: Enter Spring
BBC National Orchestra of Wales/Hickox
Chandos 9950

Mendelssohn: Fruhlingslied
Schiff, p.
Lon 421119


Program 4

Debussy: Printemps
Orchestre National de L’O.R.T.F /Martinon
EMI 69588

Britten: Spring Symphony (excerpts)
EMI 47667

Grieg: Last Spring
Academy of St. Martin in the Fields/ Marriner
Celestial Harmonies 18.45013

Rodgers & Hart: Spring is Here
Nelson Riddle & His Orchestra; Sinatra
Capital CDP 7484712

R. Schumann: Dichterliebe (excerpts)
Allen, bar.; Vignoles, p.
Virg 90787

R. Schumann: Symphony No. 1-Spring, I
Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra/ Marriner
Cap 10063

Program 5

Debussy: Rondes du Printemps fr. Images
RCA 09026-61956

Rorem: Spring Music (excerpts)
Beaux Arts Trio
Phil 438866
10:09, :36

Goldmark: Im Fruhling
Boston Pops/ Fiedler
DG 469376

Stravinsky: Le Sacre du Printemps, Part I
RCA 61898

Chopin: Prelude in Db, Op. 28 No. 15 Raindrop
Pires, p.
RCA 61898

Rustle of Spring


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