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The Gods must be crazy!  This week, we’ll survey the trials and tribulations of mortals and immortals, brought to life by the likes of Berlioz, Gluck, Handel and more.

Program 1

Glass: Interlude from Orphee
Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra/ Davies
Nonesuch 79496

Monteverdi: L’Orfeo (excerpts)
English Baroque Soloists/ Monteverdi Choir/His Majesty’s Sagbutts &
Cornetts/ Gardiner; Johnson, Baird, von Otter, soloists

Archiv 419250

Gluck: Orfeo ed Euridice (excerpts)
Orchestra & Chorus of the San Francisco Opera/ Runnicles; Larmore, Upshaw & Hagley, soloists
Teld 4509-98418
3:33, 6:04

Stravinsky: Orpheus (excerpts)
Orpheus Chamber Orchestra
DG 459 644

Bonfa: Manha de Carnaval from Black Orpheus
Paula Robison and friends
Omega 3016

Program 2

Jobim: A Felicidade from Black Orpheus
Paula Robison and friends
Omega 3016

Liszt: L’OrfeoAct IV
English Baroque Soloists/ Monteverdi Choir/His Majesty’s Sagbutts &
Cornetts/ Gardiner; Johnson, Baird & von Otter, soloists

Archiv 419250

Gluck: Orfeo ed Euridice (excerpts)
Orchestra and Chorus of the San Francisco Opera/ Runnicles; Hagley,Upshaw & Larmore, solists
Teld 4509-98418
6:16, 7:26

Stravinsky: Pas de deux & Apotheosis from Orpheus
Orpheus Chamber Orchestra
DG 459 644
5:16, 1:35

Program 3

Walton: Prelude and Seascape & Scherzo from Troilus and Cressida
London Phil/ Thomson
Chan 8772

Berlioz: Royal Hunt and Storm from The Trojans
LSO 0010

Purcell: Dido and Aeneas- Act III
Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment/Jacobs;Dawson, Joshua & Finley, soloists
HM 901683

Program 4

Handel: “Where Shall I Fly?” from Hercules
Lausanne Chamber Orchestra/ Lopez-Cobos; Larmore, ms.
Teld 4509-96800

Barber: Medea’s Meditation and Dance of Vengeance
St. Louis Symphony/ Slatkin
EMI 49463

Franck: Pysche and Eros (excerpts)
RSO Berlin/ Ashkenazy
Lon 425432

Blow: Venus and Adonis (excerpts)
London Baroque/ Medlam; Argenta, Dawson & Varcoe, soloists
HM 901276

Program 5

Debussy: Syrinx
Galway, fl.
RCA 7173

Nielson: Pastorale, Op. 19, Pan and Syrinx
City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra/ Rattle
EMI 64737

Britten: Pan, Phaeton and Bacchus fr. Six Metamorphoses after Ovid
Roy Carter, ob.
EMI 55398
5:29, 3:00

Roussel: Bacchus and Ariane, Suite II
Orchestre de Paris/Dutoit
Era 2292-45278

Mozart: “Vivat Bacchus” from Abduction from the Seraglio
Vienna Phil/Solti; Zednik, ten.
Lon 417402

Offenbach: Overture to Orpheus in the Underworld
New York Phil/ Bernstein
Sony 61830



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