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Listener's Choice, Part II Purchase Now 

Back again! Last year we gave an entire week of listener requests, but the suggestions just kept on coming. This edition includes African-American composers, a Japanese Koto ensemble playing Handel, and traditional Hawaiian pieces.

Program 1

Haydn: Water Music (excerpts)
New Koto Ensemble of Tokyo/Fukumura
Ang 37620 (LP)

arr. Central Philharmonic Society: Yellow River Piano ConcertoChina Philharmonic Orchestra/Yu; Lang, p.
DG B0008233

Donizetti: “O luce di quest' anima” fr. Linda di Chamounix
Columbia Symphony Orchestra/ Kostelanetz; Pons, s.
Sony 60655
Rodgers: Victory at Sea (excerpts)
Cincinnati Pops/Kunzel
Telarc 80175
Hadjidakis: “Pai efiye to treno”
Gheorghiu, s.; Martineau, p.
Lon 458360
Theodorakis: Finale to Zorba’s Ballet Suite
Oslo Phil/ Jansons
EMI 65676


Program 2

Still: Symphony No. 1, I & III
Detroit Symphony Orchestra/Järvi
Chan 9154
7:26, 3:05

Still: Little Folk Suites, II & III
Oregon String Quartet
Koch 7546

Still: Quit Dat Fool’nish
Gearhart, v.; Steinhardt, p.
Koch 7546
Walker: Lyric for Strings
Chicago Sinfonietta/ Freeman
Cedille 61
Hailstork: Epitaph For A Man Who Dreamed
Chicago Sinfonietta/ Freeman
Cedille 61
Ellington: Tone Parallel to Harlem
Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra & New York Phil/ Marsalis & Masur
NYPO Box Set
Joplin: Ragtime Dance
Rifkin, p.
Nonesuch 79159
Joplin: Solace
Cincinnati\Pops/Kunzel; Tritt, p.
Telarc 80112
Still: Blues (ca. 1943) for Violin & Piano (excerpt) 
Gearhart, v.; Steinhardt, p.
Koch 7546


Program 3

Schubert: “An die Musik”, D. 547
Wunderlich, ten.; Giesen, p.
DG 435145

Schubert: “Heidenröslein”
Wunderlich, ten.; Giesen, p.
DG 435145

Mahler: Das Lied von der Erde (excerpt)
New York Phil/Walter; Ferrier, alt.
NYPO Box Set

Mahler: Kindertoten-lieder(excerpts)
Vienna Phil/Walter; Ferrier, alt.
EMI 61003
Elgar: Imperial March, Op. 32
Royal Phil/Menuhin
Virgin 61430
Elgar: Enigma Variations (excerpts)
Vienna Phil/Solti
Lon 452853
Dvorák: Cypresses (excerpts)
Chilingirian Quartet
Chan 8826
Dvorák: Song to the Moon fr. Rusalka
LSO/Solti; Fleming, s.
Lon 455760


Program 4

IppolitovIvanov: “Praise the Lord, O My Soul”
Spiritual Revival Choir of Moscow/Kontorovich
Delos 3264

Chesnokov: “From My Youth” & “Gabriel Appeared”
St. Petersburg Chamber Choir/Korniev; Hvorostovsky,bar.
Phi 446089
Szymanowski: Sinfonia Concertante, Op. 60, I
Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra/Semkow; Paleczny, p.
Pantheon 18401
Górecki: Three Pieces in Old Style
I Fiamminghi/ Werthen
Telarc 80417
Tansman: Sonatine
Peck, fl.; Buccheri, p.
Boston Records 1042
Weill: “Lost in the Stars”
Orch/Strata; Ramey, bs.
Phi 90865
Weill: “Stay Well” fr. Lost in the Stars
Orch/Stern; Upshaw, s.
Nonesuch 79345
Weill: “My Ship” fr. Lady in the Dark
Orch/Stern; Upshaw, s.
Nonesuch 79345


Program 5

Goedicke: Concertstücke, Op. 11
BBC Scottish Symphony Orch/Brabbins; Coombs, p.
Hyp 66877

Anderson: Piano Concerto in C Major, II
Cincinnati Pops/Kunzel; Goodyear, p.
Telarc 80112

Anderson: Summer Skies
Eastman Rochester Pops Orchestra/Fennell
DG 469376
Trad. Chant: “Ho'opuka e ka La ma ka Hikina” & “Waimea”
arr. Naope
Pahinui: Haleakala
Gabby Pahinui & the Sons of Hawaii
Kane: Wai'anae Slack Key Hula
Ray Kane
Punahele 38001
Pahinui: Aloha Ka Manini
Pahinui & Sons, Chillingsworth, Cooder
Kane: Hawaii Aloha
Ray & Elodie Kane
Hanson: Symphony No. 2, Romantic, II
RCA Symphony Orch/Gerhardt
Chesky 112
McGlaughlin: Exploring Music Theme
Ali‘i ‘Iolani
Makaha Sons Of Ni'ihau
Tropical Music



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