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Symphony, Part 10 (Alexander Scriabin to Samuel Barber)

The symphony remained the pinnacle of achievement for many 20th century composers.  This week, Bill McGlaughlin continues his multi-part exploration of this vibrant, exciting musical form with symphonies written between 1900 through 1920. Bill focuses on works rarely heard in concert, or on the radio for that matter: Alexander Scriabin’s Symphony No. 3 conducted by Riccardo Muti, an important interpreter of the Scriabin color wheel; George Enescu’s Symphony No. 2; and Samuel Barber’s Symphony No. 1, conducted by Marin Alsop.

Program 1

Alexander Scriabin: Symphony No. 3 in C min, Op. 43 - The Divine Poem, I
Philadelphia Orchestra/Riccardo Muti
EMI 49115

George Enescu: Symphony No. 2 In A Major, Op. 17, I
George Enescu State Philharmonic Bucharest Orchestra/Horia Andreescu
Marco Polo 8.224142

Karol Szymanowski: Symphony No. 4, Op. 60, Sinfonia Concertante, II
City Of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra/Rattle; Leif Ove Andsnes, p.
EMI 14576

Program 2

Karol Szymanowski: Symphony No. 4, Op. 60, Sinfonia Concertante, IV
City Of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra/Simon Rattle; Leif Ove Andsnes, p.
EMI 56823

Karol Szymanowski: Symphony No. 3, Song of the Night, Op. 27, III
Polish Radio Chorus of Krakow/Wieslaw Ochman, director; Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra/Jerzy Semkow
EMI 65082

Alexander Zemlinksy: Lyrische Symphonie, Op.18
    I. Langsam, Ich bin friedlos, ich bin durstig nach fernen Dingen
   III. Von hier ab plötzlich breiter... Du bist die Abendwolke
   VI. Sehr mässig, Vollende denn das letzte Lied
    V. Feurig und kraftvoll: Befrei mich von den Banden deiner Süße, Lieb
Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra/Riccardo Chailly; Håkan Hagegård, b.; Alessandra Marc, s.
London 443569
10:37, 13:22

Nikolai Myaskovsky: Symphony No. 6 in E flat minor, Op. 23
    II. Presto tenebroso — Andante moderato — Tempo I
Ural Philharmonic Orchestra/Dmitri Liss
Warner 63431

Program 3
Dmitri Shostakovich: Symphony No. 1 in f minor
Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra/Valery Gergiev
Mariinsky O502
:52, 31:46, 4:32
William Walton: Symphony No. 1 in B-flat Major
   IV. Maestoso - Allegro Brioso Ed Ardentemente
The New Zealand Symphony Orchestra/William Walton
Bridge 9133
Program 4
Howard Hanson: Symphony No. 1 in e minor, Nordic
   I. Andante Solenne, Allegro Con Forza
  II. Andante Teneramente, Con Semplicita 
Seattle Symphony Orchestra/Gerard Schwarz
Delos 3073
William Grant Still: Symphony No. 1, Afro-American
   II. Adagio
  III. Animato
Detroit Symphony Orchestra/Neeme Järvi
Chandos 9154
Howard Hanson: Symphony No. 2, Op. 30, Romantic II. Andante Con Tenerezza
Seattle Symphony Orchestra/Gerard Schwarz
Delos 3073
George Antheil: A Jazz Symphony
New World Symphony Orchestra/Michael Tilson Thomas;  Michael Linville,p.
RCA 68798
Program 5
Aaron Copland: Symphony For Organ & Orchestra
   II. Scherzo
  III. Finale
New York Philharmonic Orchestra/Bernstein; E. Power Biggs, org.
Sony 47232 2
18:38, 2:00
Virgil Thomson: Symphony No. 2 In C, II
New Zealand Symphony Orchestra/James Sedares
Naxos 8.559022
Samuel Barber: Symphony No. 1, I-III
Royal Scottish National Orchestra/Marin Alsop
Naxos 8.559024


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