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Music in 19th Century Paris: Waterloo to Bismarck Purchase Now 

Music in Paris during the middle of the 19th century was dominated by one supreme composer and a stellar supporting cast whose works remain in heavy rotation to this day. Join us to explore the Parisian scene from roughly 1813 to 1870, the period between the fall of Napoleon I and the start of the Franco Prussian War. We'll look at Hector Berlioz, and also at Bizet, Cherubini, Faure, Gounod, Meyerbeer, Offenbach, and Saint-Saëns. And we'll visit with some of the foreigners who flocked to Paris to make their own contributions: Bellini, Chopin, Donizetti, Liszt, Paganini, Rossini, Sarasate, Wagner, and more. It's was an era of great artistic change which brought Realism and Naturalism to the novels of Hugo and Flaubert, and led to impressionism in painting. And it's where we go this week on Exploring Music. 

 
Program 1

Etienne-Nicolas Mehul: Le Chant du Depart 
Marcel Journet
Preiser Records 89106
3:15
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Luigi Cherubini: Requiem In C Minor:
I. Introitus & Kyrie, 2. Graduale, 3. Dies Irae

Arturo Toscanini: NBC Symphony Orchestra, Robert Shaw
RCA 72373
6:59, 1:47, 10:13
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Cherubini: String Quartet #5 In F:
1. Moderato Assai, 3. Scherzo: Allegro Non Troppo, 4. Finale: Allegro Vivace

Melos Quartet
DG 429185
9:01, 5:00, 4:26
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Cherubini: Eliza, Ou Le Voyage Aux Glaciers Du Mont St. Bernard
Neville Marriner: Academy Of St. Martin In The Fields
EMI 54438
7:34
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Cherubini: Requiem In C Minor - Sanctus
Luigi Cherubini Arturo Toscanini: NBC Symphony Orchestra, Robert Shaw Chorale
RCA 72373
1:22
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Program 2

Luigi Cherubini: Médée - Overture
Neville Marriner: Academy Of St. Martin In The Fields
Warner Classics 54438
8:03
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Luigi Cherubini: Médée: 
E Che? Io Son Medea!; Oh Dei, Pietà Di Noi!; O Cielo, Il Vil Delitto Punir Non Saprai?

Maria Callas, Nicola Rescigno, Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra
Ica Classics 5110
 5:12, 4:24, 3:56
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Gioacchino Rossini : William Tell: Act III, Scene 2, "Resta immobile"
National Philharmonic Orchestra, Pavarotti, Freni, Ghiaurov, Chailly, Milnes
London 417154
4:10
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Rossini: William Tell: Act IV, Scene 1, "O muto asil del pianto...Vendetta!"
National Philharmonic Orchestra, Pavarotti, Freni, Ghiaurov, Chailly, Milnes
London 417154
9:31
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Rossini: William Tell: Act IV, Scene 2, "Io ti rivedo!"
National Philharmonic Orchestra, Pavarotti, Freni, Ghiaurov, Chailly, Milnes 
London 417154
3:18
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Rossini: William Tell: Act IV, Scene 2, "Tutto cangia, il ciel s'abbella"
National Philharmonic Orchestra, Pavarotti, Freni, Ghiaurov, Chailly, Milnes 
London 417 154
3:09

Gioachino Rossini: Stabat Mater: Cujus Animam Gementem
Robert Gambill, Chor & Orchester Del Macchio Musicale Fiorentino R.Muti & Solisten
EMI 47402
6:58
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Gioachino Rossini: Blues on Parade
Woody Herman and His Orchestra
3:10

Program 3

Meyerbeer: Robert Le Diable - Encore Un De Gagne
Samuel Ramey; Jacques Delacote: Munich Radio Orchestra, Bavarian Radio Chorus
EMI 49582
4:32
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Meyerbeer: Robert Le Diable - Voici Donc Les Debris
Samuel Ramey; Jacques Delacote: Munich Radio Orchestra, Bavarian Radio Chorus
EMI 49582
4:03
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Giacomo Meyerbeer: Les Huguenots: Overture
New Philharmonia Orchestra & Richard Bonynge 4:41 1 of 14
London 430549
4:41
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Meyerbeer: Le Prophète - Act 2: Ah, Mon Fils, Soit Béni!
Marilyn Horne, Henry Lewis, Suisse Romande Orchestra 
Decca 001089302
4:35
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Giacomo Meyerbeer: L'Africaine: "Mi Batte Il Cor...O Paradiso!"
Luciano Pavarotti, National Philharmonic Orchestra & Oliviero de Fabritiis 
London 400083
3:33
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Jacques Halévy: La Juive - Rachel, Quand Du Seigneur
Plácido Domingo; Carlo Maria Giulini: Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
DG 400030
5:42
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Adolphe Charles Adam: Giselle Act II, No.15: Pas de deux
Terence Kern & London Festival Ballet Orchestra
Warner Classics 48635
5:39
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Hector Berlioz: Béatrice Et Bénédict: Ouverture. Allegretto Scherzando
New York Philharmonic, Pierre Boulez 
Sony 64103
7:43
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Berlioz: Les Nuits D'Été, Op. 7 - 6. L'Île Inconnue
Anne Sophie van Otter, Antoine Tamestit; Marc Minkowski: Les Musiciens Du Louvre
Naive 5266
3:49
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Program 4

Charles Gounod: Waltz from Faust
Neville Marriner, Stuttgart, Beliebte Orchesterstücke
EMI 7 49229 2
5:19
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Charles Gounod: Faust - "Le Veau D'or est Toujours Debout!"
Samuel Ramey Julius Rudel, Münchner Rundfunkorchester 
Naxos 8.555355
2:24
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Édouard Lalo: Symphonie Espagnole, Op. 21 - 2. Scherzando
Itzhak Perlman, André Previn,  London Symphony Orchestra
RCA 6520-2
4:10
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 Georges Bizet: Les Pêcheurs De Perles - Je Crois Entendre Encore
Plácido Domingo, Carlo Maria Giulini, Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
DG 437743
3:44
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Charles-Valentin Alkan: Sonate De Concert, E, Op. 47 -
Finale Alla Saltarella. Prestissimo

Alkan Trio
Marco Polo 8.223254
7:20
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Franz Liszt: Comment, Disaient-Ils, S 276
Thomas Hampson, Geoffrey Parsons
EMI 55047
1:56
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Frédéric Chopin : Raindrop Prelude Op 28. no 15
Yundi Li
DG 4811910
4:46
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Léo Delibes: Lakmé, Act 1: Viens, Mallika, ... Dôme Épais (Flower Duet)
Anna Netrebko, Elina Garanca , Marco Armiliato, SWR Sinfonieorchester Baden-Baden und Freiburg
DG 477 7177
6:43
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Jacques Offenbach: Orpheus In The Underworld - Overture
Paul Paray, Detroit Symphony 
Mercury 434332
8:49
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Frédéric Chopin: Prelude 13 in F sharp major. Lento
Yundi Li
DG 481 1910
2:41
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Program 5

Richard Wagner: Tannhäuser - Act 3: Pilgramage
Cheryl Studer, Plácido Domingo, Etc.; Giuseppe Sinopoli: Philharmonia Orchestra, Royal Opera House Chorus
DG 427625-2
8:38
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Richard Wagner: Tannhäuser - Overture
Cheryl Studer, Plácido Domingo, Etc.; Giuseppe Sinopoli: Philharmonia Orchestra, Royal Opera House Chorus
DG 427625-2
10:50
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Richard Wagner: Tannhäuser - Act 1: Naht Euch Dem Strande ... Der Venusberg
Cheryl Studer, Plácido Domingo, Etc.; Giuseppe Sinopoli: Philharmonia Orchestra, Royal Opera House Chorus
DG 427625-2
12:07
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Giuseppe Verdi: Don Carlos - Elle Ne M'Aime Pas! (El ne mem pah)
Samuel Ramey; Jacques Delacote: Munich Radio Orchestra
EMI 49582
9:56
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Hector Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique, Op. 14 -
4. Marche Au Supplice, 5. Songe D'Une Nuit Du Sabbat

CSO/Solti
London 436839
4:55, 10:35
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