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AAmerican Masters, Part I American Masters, Part II American Masters, Part IIIAmerican Masters, Part IVAmerican Masters, Part V An Intelligent Conversation: String Quartets Arias & BarcarollesArtists in Exile, Part IArtists in Exile, Part IIAutumn Leaves Autumnal Masterpieces BBach Sleeps in on Sundays Bach to Beethoven Bach's Christmas Oratorio Bach's Not-So-Minor B-Minor MassBallad of East and West Baltic Music (FREE)Barber, SamuelBartok, BelaBeethoven and that Danged MetronomeBeethoven and the PianoBeethoven at Parnassus, Part IBeethoven at Parnassus, Part IIBeethoven QuartetsBerlioz, HectorBernstein, LeonardBill's Keepers Boulanger, NadiaBrahms, Johannes, Part IBrahms, Johannes, Part II Britten, Benjamin Bruckner, Anton CCall for ScoresCello Concertos Child's PlayChopin, FredericClash of the Titans Clowning AroundCopland, Aaron Corigliano, JohnCzech out those Bohemians DDebussy, Claude Demons, Spooks and Other Things That Go Bump in the NightDirector's ChoiceDistant Neighbors Don't Shoot the Piano PlayerDvořák, AntoninDvorak, Tchaikovsky & Borodin String Quartets EElgar, EdwardEmotion and Meaning in MusicEnescu, GeorgesEspanaFFamilies of Instruments Family Matters: All in the FamilyFauré, GabrielFit for a KingFour SeasonsFrom This Mighty River: Music of the Children of J.S BachGGame of Pairs, Part I Game of Pairs, Part IIGershwin, GeorgeGet the PictureGitana: Gypsy Music and Its InfluencesGreen and Pleasant Land Grieg and SibeliusHHandel, George FridericHaydn and Mozart QuartetsHaydn SymphoniesHidden Gold, Part IHidden Gold, Part IIHHindemith, PaulHit or Myth (FREE)Holiday CelebrationHomageII Didn't Know About YouI Hear a Rhapsody I Hear America Singing I Lost it at the MoviesIn a Family WayIncidentally SpeakingIntimate VoicesInvitation to the Dance, Part IInvitation to the Dance, Part II Invitation to the Dance, Part IIIIt Takes Two to TangoIt Was a Lover and His Lass Italian SouvenirsJJanacek, LeosKKeyboard SmorgasbordLLatin CarnivalLes SixLife Among the Dead: Requiem MassesListener's Choice, Part IIListener's Choice, Part III Liszt, Franz Little Night Music Little Traveling Music, Please MMaestro, Part IMaestro, Part IIMagnificent MagyarsMahler, Gustav, Part IMahler, Gustav, Part IIMaiden VoyagesMendelssohn, FelixMendelssohn, Schumann and Brahms String QuartetsMerrie EnglandMozart at his Zenith Mozart Piano ConcertosMozart's Birthday BashMozart: Bright Lights, Big CityMusic for the MassesMusic from the Magic Box Music in 19th Century Paris: Waterloo to Bismarck Music in the Time of WarMusic of ScandinaviaMusical Cryptograms NNationalismNew Releases, Part INew Releases, Part IINew Releases, Part III, week 1 of 2New Releases, Part III, week 2 of 2 New Wine in Old Bottles Nielsen, Carl Ninth SymphoniesNobody Ever Builds a Statue to a CriticOOrpheus in the New World Outward BoundPPastoral Symphonies Piano ConcertosPolandPortraits in Black, Brown, & Beige, Part I Portraits in Black, Brown, & Beige, Part II Ports of Call, Part I Ports of Call, Part II Poulenc, FrancisProkofiev, SergeiProud Tower, Part IProud Tower, Part IIRRachmaninoff, SergeiRavel, Maurice Respighi, OttorinoRimsky-Korsakov and His PupilsRoaring 20's Russian Five: The Mighty Handful SSchool DaysSchubert String QuartetsSchubertiade, Part ISchubertiade, Part II (FREE)Schuman, WilliamSchumann, Robert Shakespeare Shostakovich, Dmitri, Part I Shostakovich, Dmitri, Part IISlipped Through the Cracks Sounds of the City of Lights SoundtracksSpanish SchoolSpring is Here St-Saëns, Camille St. Matthew PassionStrauss, RichardStravinsky, Igor String Quartets from Fibich to SibeliusStrings Plus OneSweet Home Chicago Symphony, Part 01Symphony, Part 02Symphony, Part 03Symphony, Part 04Symphony, Part 05Symphony, Part 06 (French)Symphony, Part 07 (Russian)Symphony, Part 08Symphony, Part 09Symphony, Part 10TTchaikovsky, Peter, Part ITchaikovsky, Peter, Part IIThe Big Five, Part I: Chicago Symphony Orchestra The Big Five, Part I: New York PhilharmonicThe Big Five, Part II: New York PhilharmonicThe Gathering Storm: Music from the Great Depression to WWIIThrough the Mail SlotTone Poems Too Darn BigTriple PlayTudor MusicTwo Very Different Worlds Delius and HolstUUnder the Hood, Part IUnder the Hood, Part II Unfinished SymphoniesVVariationsVaughan Williams, RalphVenice: The Glories of (FREE)Verdi, Giuseppe, Part IVerdi, Giuseppe, Part IIVienna, Part IVienna, Part II Viola (FREE)Violin Concerto Virtuoso, The World ofVoices from the East WWagner's Ring CycleWagner, RichardWalton, WilliamWater MusicWhat Else Ya Got?Wind QuintetsWunderkinder, Part IWunderkinder, Part IIYYin and Yang: The Play of Opposites, Part 1Yin and Yang: The Play of Opposites, Part 2You and the Night and the Music
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Portraits in Black, Brown, & Beige, Part II Purchase Now
Bill's exploration of the music of African-American composers continues this week. We will hear Bill conduct a work by Anthony Davis, plus music composed by Bill's friend Jeffrey Mumford. Our two-week celebration ends with a poem from Langston Hughes as well as music from Louis Armstrong, Miles Davis, and Michael Jackson.
We jump back into our exploration of African-American music with the lamentations of the blues. We have an interview the father of the blues, W.C. Handy, blue songs of the Deep South and an orchestral piece from Adolphus Hailstork.
Accomplished African-American singers are the focus here, with music from Gershwin’s opera Porgy and Bess, bass baritone William Warfield and soprano Leontyne Price. We finish with the song from the title of this show, played by Duke Ellington.
George Gershwin: “Bess, You Is My Woman Now”
Todd Duncan, bar.; Anne Brown, sop.
Music Masters B000000FMO
Aaron Copland: “Simple Gifts”, “The Boatmen’s Dance”, “The Little Horses” & “Ching-A-Ring Chaw” fr. Old American Songs
William Warfield, b. Aaron Copland, p.
Giacomo Puccini: “Vissi d’arte” fr. Tosca
Rome Opera House Orchestra/Fabritiis; Leontyne Price, s.
G. Verdi: “Pace, Pace, Mio Dio” fr. La Forza Del Destino
RCA Italiana Opera Orchestra/Schippers; Leontyne Price, s.
Gershwin: Introduction, “Summertime” & “O Lawd, I’m On My Way” fr. Porgy & Bess
RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra/Skitch Henderson; Leontyne Price, s.; William Warfield, bar.
Duke Ellington: “Come Sunday” fr. Black, Brown & Beige
Mahalia Jackson, s. w/ Duke Ellington & his Orchestra
Bill starts us off with music from Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, known as the “African Mahler.” We continue with the works of Jeffrey Mumford, an old friend of Bill’s, and the pianist André Watts.
Samuel Coleridge-Taylor: Petite suite de concert, Op. 77
III. Un sonnet d’amour
IV. La tarantelle fretillante
Chicago Sinfonietta/Paul Freeman
Jeffrey Mumford: Her Eastern Light Amid a Cavernous Dusk Aspen Wind Quintet
New World 650
Hale Smith: Evocation
Natalie Hinderas, p.
Liszt: Piano Concerto No. 1 in E flat
New York Phil/Bernstein; André Watts, p.
Phil 456 985
Alvin Singleton: In Our Own House
Karen Walwyn, p.; Jason Marsalis, perc.
Roland Hayes: Lit’l Boy
Robert Sims, bar.
Our celebration continues with skillful performers of classical music, including trumpeter Wynton Marsalis, saxophonist James Carter, and violinist Regina Carter. Bill makes an appearance as conductor of the piece Maps by Anthony Davis.
Georg Friedrich Händel: “Let the Bright Seraphim” fr. Samson
Orchestra of St. Luke’s/John Nelson; Wynton Marsalis, trp.; Kathleen Battle, s.
Richard Strauss: IV. Im Abendrot fr Vier Letze Lieder
Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra/Kurt Masur; Jessye Norman, s.
Phil 475 8507
Olly Wilson: Sinfonia, II (Elegy for Olly Wilson Sr. and Calvin Simmons)
Boston Symphony Orchestra/Seiji Ozawa
New World 80331-2
Roberto Sierra: Concerto for Saxophones and Orchestra, II
Sinfonia Varsovia/Giancarlo Guererro; James Carter, sax
Anthony Davis: Maps – I. Timothy Island
Kansas City Symphony/William McGlaughlin; Shem Guibbory, v.; Gerry Hemingway, perc.
Gramavision R2 79429
Regina Carter, vln.; Yacouba Sissoko, kora
Regina Carter, vln, Yacouba Sissoko, kora; Will Holshouser, acc.; Chris Lightcap, db.; Alvester Garnett, percussion
Johannes Brahms: Ballade #3 In B Minor, Op. 10/3
Awadagin Pratt, p.
John Williams: Air and Simple Gifts
Anthony McGill, cl.; Itzhak Perlman, v.; Yo-Yo Ma, vc.; Gabriela Montero, p.
We finish our celebration of African-American music with a poem from Langston Hughes, as well as music from Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Miles Davis and Michael Jackson.
Langston Hughes: Night and Morn
Smithsonian Folkways 47001_06
Joe “King’ Oliver: West End Blues
Louis Armstrong And His Hot Five
Fremeaux and Assoc. 1354
Cold in Hand Blues
Bessie Smith, voc.; Louis Armstrong, tpt.
To Harlem: Snowy Morning Blues
James P. Johnson, p.
Darius Milhaud: La Création Du Monde, Op. 81 (excerpt)
Orpheus Chamber Orchestra/Branford Marsalis
Duke Ellington: Jungle Nights in Harlem
Duke Ellington: Sophisticated Lady
Karrin Allyson, voc.; Rod Fleeman, gtr., Randy Weinstein harm., Ed Howard, bs.
How Long Blues (excerpt)
Count Basie and His Orchestra w/ Jimmy Rushing
Mary Lou Williams: Hesitation Boogie
Mary Lou Williams, p.
Piney Brown Blues (excerpt)
Big Joe Turner & Jay McShann
Charlie Parker and Miles Davis
Denzil Best: Move
Miles Davis nonet
Miles Davis: All Blues
Miles Davis sextet
Billy Strayhorn: Lush Life
Johnny Hartman, John Coltrane, McCoy Tyner
Ray Evans and Jay Livingston: Mona Lisa
Nat “King” Cole
Stevie Wonder: Sir Duke (excerpt)
Michael Jackson: Billie Jean (excerpt)
Langston Hughes: The Negro Speaks of Rivers
Duke Ellington: Come Sunday
Duke Ellington, Ray Nance, vln.
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