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Italian Souvenirs

We all would like to have a holiday in Italy, and your desire will just grow and grow as you listen to this week of EM. The composers inspired by the great beauty of Italy include Berlioz, Liszt, Mendelssohn and Elgar. And let us not forget Mozart’s visit as a teenager that changed the course of opera forever.

Program 1

Bill’s examination of composers inspired by the beauty and great pieces of Italy begins with Heinrich Schutz First Book of Madrigals, Handel’s early influences and Mozart’s arrival in Italy at the age of 15.

Di Capua: “O Sole Mio” (excerpt)
National Phil/Chiaramello;Pavarotti, ten.
Lon 410015

Schütz: First Book of Madrigals (excerpts)
Consort of Musicke/Rooley
EMI 47600
2:51, 11:12

Corelli: Concerto Grosso in F Major, Op. 6 No. 9, I (excerp t)
English Concert/Pinnock
Archiv 423626

Handel: Concerto Grosso Op. 3 No. 4 in F Major
English Chamber/Leppard
Phil 454363

Handel: Sinfonia fr. Agrippina 
English Concert/Pinnock
Archiv 419219
Handel: “Pensieri, voi mi tormentate” fr. Agrippina
Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment/Bicket; Fleming, ms.
Lon B0003160
5:16, :25
Mozart: Miserere in a minor, K. 85 
Concentus Musicus Wien/Harnoncourt
Teldec 98928
Mozart: Symphony No. 34, K. 338, III
Bonn Beethoven Hall Orch/Davies
Musicmasters 60175


Program 2

We open with Berlioz’s great opportunity to visit Italy on a scholarship created by Louis XIV, Liszt’s tryst with a married woman which took him to Italy, and young Mendelssohn’s Italian symphony.

Denza: “Funiculì funiculà” (excerpt)
Bologna Teatro Comunale Orchestra & Chorus/Guadagno; Pavarotti, ten.
Lon 410015

Berlioz: Roman Carnival Overture, Op. 9
EMI 73338

Berlioz: Harold in Italy, Op. 16, III
Nat’l Orch of France/Bernstein; McInnes, va.
EMI 73338
Liszt: Canzonetta del Salvator Rosa fr. Anneés de Pèlerinage
Brendel, p.
Phil 46924
Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 4 in A Major, Op. 90, Italian
Lon 414665
Program 3

We hear from Listz’s pilgrimage in Italy, as well as two more French scholarship winners, Charpentier and Massenet. We also listen to two different Russian composers inspired by Italy.

Liszt: Les Jeux D'eau a La Villa D'Este fr. Années de Pèlerinage
Watts, p.
EMI 64599

Glinka: Trio in d minor, III & IV
Borodin Trio
Chan 8477

Charpentier: Impressions of Italy On the Hill-Tops
Nat’l Opera Theatre Orchestra/Dervaux
EMI 65618

Massenet: Suite for Orchestra No. 5:Scènes Napolitaines (excerpt)
New Zealand Symphony Orch/Ossonce
Naxos 8.553125

Tchaikovsky: Cappricio Italien, Op. 45
New York Phil/Berstein
CBS 39440
Stravinsky: Gavotte con Due Variazioni fr. Pulcinella
Perlman, v.; Canino, p.
EMI 49322
Rachmaninov: Italian Polka for Piano (4 Hands) and Trumpet
Vladimir & Volvka Ashkenazy, pnos.; Mackie, tpt.
Lon 470291
Program 4

Bill reads letters from Strauss extolling the wonders of Italy and we hear from his Aus Italien, we examine Edward Elgar’s inspiration from Strauss and Italy, and we close with two French composers.

Goldmark: In ItalienOverture (excerpt)
ASV 934

Denza: “Funiculì funiculà” (excerpts)
Bologna Teatro Comunale Orchestra & Chorus/Guadagno; Pavarotti, ten.
Lon 410015
1:12, :29

Strauss: Aus Italien, Op. 16, III & IV
Berlin Phil/Muti
Phil 422399
11:52, 8:36
Elgar: Overture, In the South (Alassio)
London Phil/Solti
Lon 443856
1:05, 20:06

Ravel: Chanson Italienne fr. Chants Populaires
Chung, p.; Bartoli, ms.
Lon 452667

Bizet: Tarantelle
Chung, p.; Bartoli, ms.
Lon 452667

Program 5

Bill finishes his exploration of music inspired by Italy with music from Italian-American composers including Vincent Persichetti, Vittorio Giannini, Paul Creston and John Corigliano.

Ibert: RomePalermo fr. Escales
French Nat’l Radio Orchestra/Martinon
EMI 64276

Barber: Intermezzo fr. Vanessa
Met Opera Orchestra & Chorus/Mitropoulos
RCA 7899

Persichetti: Infanta Marina, Op. 83
Pöntinen, p.; Imai, vla.
BIS 829

Giannini: Symphony No. 3 for Winds, III
Eastman Wind Ensemble/Fennell
Mercury 434320

Piston: Sonatina for Violin and Piano, II
Meyers, v.; Schub, p.
RCA 68114

Creston: Symphony No. 5, Op. 64, III
Seattle Symphony/Schwartz
Naxos 8.559153
Del Tredici: Acrostic Songs from Final Alice
The Sixteen/Christophers
Coro 16031
Corigliano: Campane di Ravello
Louisville Orch/Smith
LCD 008
Stravinsky: Finale fr. Pulcinella Suite
NY Phil/ Bernstein
Sony 78749



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