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Emotion and Meaning in Music (FREE)

Is music merely a collection of ordered pitches and vibrations in the air, or is there inherent and universal meaning contained within? Does music convey anger, longing, desire or humor? This week Bill delves into one of the most mysterious and fundamental qualities of music: its ability to convey emotion to the listener. Starting with Gil Shaham with the New York Philharmonic’s performance of Samuel

Barber’s violin concerto, we will listen to Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring and end the week with JS Bach’s E minor Toccata. Bill asks us to listen carefully and ask ourselves, “what do we feel when we listen to this music and why?”

 
Program 1

Samuel Barber: Concerto for Violin, I
NY Philharmonic/David Robertson; Gil Shaham, v.
1930s Violin Concertos/ Barber Harmann Berg Stravinsky Britten/ Gil Shaham
Canary Classics 12
10:14

Igor Stravinsky: Violin Concerto In D, I. Toccata
BBC Symphony Orchestra/David Robertson; Gil Shaham, v.
1930s Violin Concertos/ Barber Harmann Berg Stravinsky Britten/ Gil Shaham
Canary Classics 12
1:19, 5:43

Samuel Barber: Concerto for Violin, III
NY Philharmonic/David Robertson; Gil Shaham, v.
1930s Violin Concertos/ Barber Harmann Berg Stravinsky Britten/ Gil Shaham
Canary Classics 12
4:06

Igor Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring, Part I
St. Louis Symphony Orchestra/Leonard Slatkin
Stravinsky: Le Sacre; Ginastera, Haydn / Leonard Slatkin
RCA 60993
16:30


Arvo Pärt: Spiegel im Spiegel
Alexander Malter, p.; Dietmar Schwalke, vc.
Alina
ECM 1591
9:15

Program 2

Franz Joseph Haydn: Symphony #6 In D, H 1/6, Le Matin, I
St. Luke's Chamber Ensemble
Haydn: Morning, Noon & Evening / St. Luke's Chamber Ensemble
Arabesque 6756
5:29

Haydn: The Creation- Representation of Chaos
St. Louis Symphony Orchestra/Leonard Slatkin
Stravinsky: Le Sacre; Ginastera, Haydn / Leonard Slatkin
RCA 60993
7:56

Alberto Ginastera: Popul Vuh I. Nature Wakes II. The Cry of Creation/The Great Rain
St. Louis Symphony Orchestra/Leonard Slatkin
Stravinsky: Le Sacre; Ginastera, Haydn / Leonard Slatkin
RCA 60993
8:58

Ludwig Van Beethoven: Symphony No. 5 in C Minor, Op. 67 II. Andante con moto
Bayerische Rundfunks/Mariss Jansons
Beethoven The Symphonies and Reflections/ Mariss Jansons
Br Klassik 900119
8:52

Raminta Šerkšnytė: Fires, for orchestra
Bayerische Rundfunks/Mariss Jansons
Beethoven The Symphonies and Reflections/ Mariss Jansons
Br Klassik 900119
10:33


Haydn: Symphony #8 In G, H 1/8, Le Soir, I & II
St. Luke's Chamber Ensemble
Haydn: Morning, Noon & Evening / St. Luke's Chamber Ensemble
Arabesque 6756
5:38

Program 3

Benjamin Britten: Violin Concerto In D Minor, Op. 15, I, II & III (excerpt)
Boston Symphony Orchestra/Juanjo Mena; Gil Shaham, v.
1930s Violin Concertos/ Barber Harmann Berg Stravinsky Britten/ Gil Shaham
Canary Classics 12
18:30

Maurice Ravel: Ondine fr. Gaspard De La Nuit
Martha Argerich, p.
Gaspard De La Nuit • Sonatine • Valses Nobles Et Sentimentales
DG 2530 540
6:19

 

Ravel: Ondine fr. Gaspard De La Nuit (excerpts)
Martha Argerich, p.
Live From The Concertgebouw 1978/1979
EMI 57101
1:17, :22

Antonín Dvorák: Cello Concerto In B Minor, Op. 104, III
Czech Philharmonic Orchestra/Jirí Belohlávek; Alisa Weilerstein, vc.
Dvorak
Lon B0019765
12:31, 3:31

Dvorák:  “Lasst Mich Allein”, Op. 82 No. 1 (excerpt)
Alisa Weilerstein, vc.; Anna Polonsky, p.
Dvorak
Lon B0019765
2:18

 

Program 4

Franz Schubert: “Gute Nacht” fr. Winterreise, D. 911
Jonas Kaufmann, t.; Helmut Deutsch, p.
Schubert: Winterreise / Jonas Kaufmann
Sony 379563
5:43

Schubert: Sonata in A major, D. 959, II. Andantino
Imogen Cooper, p.
Schubert Live Vol 1 / Imogen Cooper
Avie 2156
8:22

Schubert: Symphony No. 9 In C, D. 944, Great, II
Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra/Wilhelm Furtwängler
Furtwangler Conducts Weber & Schubert
Music & Arts 4795
16:43

Schubert: “Der Leiermann” fr. Winterreise, D. 911
Jonas Kaufmann, vc.; Helmut Deutsch, p.
Schubert: Winterreise / Jonas Kaufmann
Sony 379563
3:45

Mahler: “Wo Die Schönen Trompeten Blasen” fr. Des Knaben Wunderhorn
NY Phil/Leonard Bernstein; Christa Ludwig, s.
Des Knaben Wunderhorn (The Youth's Magic Horn)
Columbia Masterworks 7395
7:02

Schubert: Impromptu, Op. 90 No. 2 In E-flat Major (excerpt)
Barbara Nissman, p.
Out of Doors
Three Oranges 5638267042
1:34

 

Program 5

J.S. Bach: Partita, BWV 825 I. Prelude II. Allemande III. Courante
Evan Shinners, p.
@Bach
Evanshinners.wix.com
4:27

Karl Amadeus Hartmann: Concerto for Violin IV. Choral: Langsamer Marsch
Sejong Soloists/Gil Shaham, v.
1930s Violin Concertos/ Barber Harmann Berg Stravinsky Britten/ Gil Shaham
Canary Classics 12
4:04

Wagner: Götterdämmerung - Act III Trauermarsch War Das Sein Horn Hoiho! Hoiho! Wacht Auf! Nicht Klage Wider Mich! Schweigt Eures Jammers Jauchzenden Schwall Starke Scheite Schichtet Mir Dort Mein Erbe Nun Nehem' Ich Zu Eigen Fliegt Heim, Ihr Raben!
Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra/Georg Solti; Birgit Nilsson, s.; Wolfgang Windgassen, ten.; soloists
Wagner Der Ring Des Nibelungen
RCA Victor 82676 55709-2
37:42, :20, :52

J.S. Bach: E Minor Toccata, BWV 914
Evan Shinners, p.
@Bach
Evanshinners.wix.com
2:33

 

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