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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 MusicBarber, SamuelBartok, BelaBeethoven and that Danged MetronomeBeethoven and the PianoBeethoven at Parnassus, Part IBeethoven at Parnassus, Part IIBeethoven Quartets (FREE)Berlioz, 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, Edward (FREE)Emotion 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 IIHindemith, PaulHHit or MythHoliday 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 Voyages Mendelssohn, 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 CryptogramsMusical LandscapesNNationalismNew 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 (FREE)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, SergeiRRavel, Maurice Respighi, OttorinoRimsky-Korsakov and His PupilsRoaring 20's Russian Five: The Mighty Handful SSchool DaysSchubert String QuartetsSchubertiade, Part ISchubertiade, Part IISchuman, 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 (FREE)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 SlotTo the Finland Station, Part ITo the Finland Station, Part IITone 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 Verdi, Giuseppe, Part IVerdi, Giuseppe, Part IIVienna, Part IVienna, Part II ViolaViolin 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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Ports of Call, Part I Purchase Now
Many years ago, Gustav Mahler and another composer were traveling by train across the Alps when Gustav turned to his friend and said, “ Don’t bother looking at the view; I have already composed it.”
Music from around the globe varies as much as languages do, and many of us can identify the country where a composition was written before we can name the composer who wrote it. You can’t separate the composer from his background.
For the next two weeks Exploring Music will present sounds from composers' backyards and hear their journaling voyages to distant lands: from the bird calls in the Amazon jungle expressed by Brazilian composers, to the distant bells ringing as a composer approaches a safe harbor. Listen, for example, to Italian composer Ottorino Respighi's famous Pines ofRome, and then travel with him to Sao Paulo, Brazil, where he wrote Brazilian Impressions, an orchestral suite with strange and beautiful sounds.
Vaughan Williams: Songs Of Travel, ”The Vagabond”
Bryn Terfel, b. Malcolm Martineau, pn
DG 477 8429
Jacques Ibert: Escales (Ports of Call)
I.Rome-Palermo: Calme, ll.Tunis-Nefta: Modéré très rythmé
III. Valencia: Animé
Boston Symphony Orchestra/Charles Münch, c.
Heitor Villa-Lobos:Symphony No. 6 "On the Outline of the Mountains of Brazil"
I. Allegro non troppo; III. Allegretto quasi animato; IV. Allegro
Sao Paulo Symphony Orchestra/ Karabtchevsky, c.
Edward Elgar: In Smyrna
David Golub, pn.
Claude Debussy: L'Isle Joyeuse, L 106
Zoltán Kocsis, pn
Samuel Akpabot: 3 Nigerian Dances:
I. Allegro Moderato; II. Andante Cantabile; III. Allegretto
Nat'l Symphony Orchestra Of The South African Broadcasting Corp./ Cock
Marco Polo 8.223832
Tan Dun: Through The Bamboo Forest
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
Tan Dun & Yo-Yo Ma
Felix Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 4 in A major, Op. 90 "Italian"
II. Andante con moto
VI. Saltarello: Presto
Marlboro Festival Orchestra;Pablo Casals
Joseph Canteloube: Chants D'Auvergne
1. La Pastoura Als Camps; 2. Pastourelle
3. Lo Fiolairé (excerpt); 4. Baïlèro
English Chamber Orchestra/Jeffrey Tate, c.
Kiri Te Kanawa, s.
William Walton: Touch Her Soft Lips And Part
The New Zealand Symphony Orchestra/ William Walton, c.
Bridge Records 9133
Walton Henry V: Agincourt Song
London Philharmonic Orchestra/Carl Davis:
Bizet: L'Arlésienne Suite
I. Prelude; II.Pastorale; III. Carillon
London Symphony Orchestra , Claudio Abbado, c.
Gioacchino Rossini: L'Italiana in Algeri: Overture
Chamber Orchestra of Europe & Claudio Abbado
Camille Saint-Saëns: Africa- Fantasy For Piano And Orchestra
Geoffrey Simon: London Philharmonic Orchestra
Camille Saint-Saëns: Samson and Delilah
Act 2: Sc. 3, Mon Coeur S'Ouvre À Ta Voix
Act 3: Sc. 2, Danse Bacchanale
London Symphony Orchestra & Chorus, Colin Davis, c.
José Cura,t. Olga Borodina, s.
Vincent D'Indy: Symphony on a French Mountain Air, Op. 25,
I. Assez lent-moderement anime-allegro; II. Assez Modéré, Mais Sans Lenteur (excerpt); III. Animé (excerpt)
Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France/Marek Janowski, c.
Catherine Collard, piano
10:20, 1:02, 2:31
Frederick Delius: The Song Of A Great City
London Philharmonic Orchestra/Sir Thomas Beecham
Wild Bill Davis: ‘Azure-Te'
Edgar "Yip" Harburg & Vernon Duke: April In Paris (1956 Version)
Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong
Edgar "Yip" Harburg & Vernon Duke: April in Paris
Count Basie and His Orchestra
Hector Berlioz: Roman Carnival Overture, Op. 9
Charles Münch & Boston Symphony Orchestra
Franz Liszt: ll. Aux Cyprès De La Villa d'Este
Müza Rubackyté, piano
Doron Music 0675754037574
Franz Liszt: Années de Pèlerinage (Troisième Année: Rome)
Les Jeux D'eau a La Villa D'Este
Ottorino Respighi: Fontane di Roma – II The Triton Fountain At Morning
Riccardo Muti: Philadelphia Orchestra
Ottorino Respighi: Pini di Roma
I. Pini di Villa Borghese; II.Pini presso una catacomba
III. Pini del Gianicolo; IV Pini Della Via Appia
Philadelphia Orchestra/ Riccardo Muti
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