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Ballad of East and West

Borrowing this week's title from the Rudyard Kipling poem, "The Ballad of East and West" will explore the music of Asia. Traveling to China, Japan, and Indonesia, we will listen to instruments, sounds, folk tunes and poetry. Some that are the unique musical voices that define a country's identity, some that are shared in common and many that are borrowed by western composers.

Program 1

He Lüting: Senjidema
Shanghai Music Institute
00:17 (excerpt)

Tan Dun: Silk Road
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
Shanghai Symphony Orchestra/Tan Dun, vlc., Yo-Yo Ma, vlc.
Sony 760859
00:36 (excerpt)

Zhao Jiping & Zhao Lin: Distant Green Valley
Yo-Yo Ma & The Silk Road Ensemble
Sony 756283
1:55 (excerpt)

Xian Xinghai: The Yellow River Cantata
I. Song Of The Yellow River Boatmen    
IV. Dialogue Song By The Yellow River
Shanghai Philharmonic Chorus & Shanghai Philharmonic Orchestra/Ding Cao, c.

Xian Xinghai: Yellow River Piano Concerto
l. The Yellow River In Wrath
Central Philharmonic Orchestra of China/Long Yu
Lang Lang, pn.
DG 80008233


He Lüting: Looking at the Milky Way from Mount Shaolin    
Shanghai Music Institute

He Lüting: Clear Water
Shanghai Music Institute

Bright Sheng: Shanghai Overture    
San Diego Symphony Orchestra/Jahja Ling, c.
Teldec 80719

Bright Sheng: Tibetan Dance: I. Prelude    
Bright Sheng, pn; Cho-Liang Lin, vln; Erin Svoboda, cl.
Naxos  8570601

Bright Sheng: Three Chinese Love Songs
l.. Blue Flower, ll.. At the Hillside Where Horses Are Running, lll. The Stream Flows
Bright Sheng, pn; Lisa Saffer, sp; Paul Neubauer, vla.
Naxos  8570601

Wencheng Lu: Autumn Moon On A Calm Lake    
Lang Lang
DG 80008233
3:30 (excerpt)

Program 2

Tan Dun: Orchestral Theatre For Orchestra 
Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra/Tan Dun
Naxos 8.570608
2:54; 00:17; 00:17; 1:36 Excerpts

Tan Dun: Symphonic Poem On Three Notes For Orchestra    
Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra/ Tan Dun
Naxos 8.570608

Tan Dun: Crouching Tiger
l. Hidden Dragon
ll.. Through The Bamboo Forest    
lll. Desert Capriccio
Shanghai National Orchestra, Shanghai Symphony Orchestra/Chan Xie Yang
Yo-Yo Ma, vlc
Sony 89347
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Tan Dun: Concerto For Orchestra
lV. The Forbidden City    

Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra/ Tan Dun, c.
Naxos 8.570608
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Yo-Yo Ma & The Silk Road Ensemble: Silk Road Journeys: Beyond the Horizon
l. Summer in the High Grassland    
ll. Gallop of a Thousand Horses
Yo-Yo Ma & The Silk Road Ensemble
Sony 756283


Alec Wilder: It's Silk, Feel It!
The Alec Wilder Octet    
The Music of Alec Wilder Conducted By Frank Sinatra

Program 3

Trad.:Parlez Moi d'Amour        
Lucienne Boyer,sp.    
City of Ghosts (Soundtrack from the Motion Picture)

Toru Takemitsu: Coral Island
III - Accumulation

Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra/Yuzo Toyama, c.
Denon 18073

Toru Takemitsu: Visions
l. Mystere    
ll. Les yeux clos    

Chicago Symphony Orchestra/Daniel Barenboim, c.
Teldec 99596
13:18; 00:54 excerpt

Toru Takemitsu: Toward the Sea for Flute and Marimba
I. the Night    

Ransom Wilson, fl. Robert van Sice, marimba
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Toru Takemitsu: A Flock Descends Into the Pentagonal Garden    
Boston Symphony Orchestra/Seiji Ozawa    
DG 4775381
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Toru Takemitsu: Music for Kurosawa's Ran
Movement IIl, Movement IV    
Sapporo Symphony Orchestra/Tadaaki Otaka, c.

Toru Takemitsu: Rain Tree Sketch 2 (for Messiaen)
'Celestially Light'

Peter Serkin, pn.
Koch 7450

Program 4

Traditional: Ketjak Dance
Bali: Music from the Morning of the World
Explorers Series Nonesuch Records    
David Lewiston, producer

Gamelan Gong Kebyar: Baris/Gambang Betjak
Bali: Music from the Morning of the World
Explorers Series Nonesuch Records    
David Lewiston, producer

Sekehe Gambuh: Sekar Leret
Bali: Music from the Morning of the World
Explorers Series Nonesuch Records    
David Lewiston, producer

Gamelan Angklung: Margepati
Bali: Music from the Morning of the World
Explorers Series Nonesuch Records    
David Lewiston, producer

Claude Debussy: Images, Livre II:
I. Cloches à Travers Les Feuilles

Georges Pludermacher, pn.
4:31; 00:50 (excerpt)
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Ravel: Piano Trio in A Minor
II. Pantoum 

Beaux Arts Trio
Phil 411141

Debussy: Poemes de Baudelaire -
No. 2: Harmonie du Soir    

BBC Symphony Orchestra/Yan Pascal Tortelier
Susan Graham, sp.
Warner 2005
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Colin McPhee: Tabuh-Tabuhan, Toccata For Orchestra & 2 Pianos
l. Ostinato    

American Composers Orchestra/Dennis Russell Davies
Peter Basquin, Christopher Oldfather, pns.
Argo 444560

Lou Harrison: Main Bersama-Sama, Concerto In Slendro: III. Allegro    
R. Hughes, M. Kobialka, D.Kobialka, Marconi, Barbagallo & Neff
New World Records 80643

Paul Hindemith: Symphonic Metamorphoses on Themes of Carl Maria von Weber
2. Turandot, Scherzo        
Philadelphia Orchestra/Ormandy, c.
EMI 47615
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Program 5

Puccini: La Bohème - Act 3
“Ohè, La, Le Guardie...Aprite!”

RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra & Chorus/Thomas Beecham, c.
Victoria De Los Angeles, Jussi Björling
Warner Classics 67753
2:19 (excerpt)


Puccini:: Madama Butterfly
(Excerpts from Acts 1 & 2)

Wiener Philharmoniker/  Herbert von Karajan, c.
Mirella Freni, Christa Ludwig, Luciano Pavarotti
London/Decca 478 7819
11:54; 3:51; 4:41; 5:17; 2:40


Gustav Mahler: Das Lied von der Erde
II. Der Einsame im Herbst 
New Philharmonia/Otto Klemperer, c.
Christa Ludwig, ms.
EMI 483982

Gilbert & Sullivan: The Mikado    
“On a Tree By a River a Little Tom-Tit”
The D'Oyly Carte Opera Company/ Peter Pratt, b.
Sony 58889
2:58 (excerpt)


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