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Yin and Yang: The Play of Opposites, Part 1

The idea for this two-week Exploration came from a listener who suggested we explore music of "great calm", music which seems to gently pick us up and float us away from this earth. Bill liked the idea very much and immediately started sketching a week of the Romantics, from Berlioz to Mahler. But as he went along, he started to feel a tug in the opposite direction — what about music that picks up and drives us like a mad coachmen, hurtling us toward conclusion or chaos, music of sound and fury and joy and lots of noise? And so, here we are: The Play of Opposites. Think of Frost's Fire or Ice, or Eliot's Bang or Whimper. Opposites, it seems, may contain the whole.

Program 1
Grieg: Peer Gynt Suite #1, Op. 46 - Morning Mood
Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra/Karajan
DG 410026
Prokofiev: Alexander Nevsky, Op. 78 - The Battle On The Ice
London Symphony Orchestra/Abbado
DG 447419
Igor Stravinsky: The Firebird Suite: The Firebird and her Dance
Round Dance of the Princesses; Infernal Dance of King Kaschei
Berceuse; Finale
Minnesota Orchestra/Eiji Oue
Reference Recordings 70
1:39; 16:18
Beethoven: Symphony #6 In F, Op. 68, "Pastoral" 
2. Andante Molto Mosso
Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra/Herbert Von Karajan
DG 314932
McClintock: Big Rock Candy Mountain
Burl Ives, voice and guitar
Program 2
Honegger: Pastorale D'été
EMI Classics 17575
Beethoven: Egmont, Op. 84 - Overture
Chicago Symphony Orchestra/Solti
Decca 421673
Richard Strauss: Death and Transfiguration, Op. 24
Pierre Monteux & Boston Symphony Orchestra
Music & Arts Program of America 1182
Mahler: Symphony No. 4, 
IV. Sehr behaglich
Sylvia McNair, soprano
Berlin Philharmonic/Haitink 
Philips 434123
Program 3
Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique, Op.14
III. Scene aux champs: IV.Marche au supplice
Songe D’Une Nuit Du Sabbat: Larghetto, Allegro
Dies Irae; Ronde Du Sabbat: Dies Irae Et Ronde Du Sabbat Ensemble
Chicago Symphony Orchestra/Abbado
DG 410895
16:37, 15:52
Berlioz: The Ride to the Abyss, Pandemonium, and Epilogue on Earth
Kenneth Riegel, Jose van Dam, Frederica von Stade
Chicago Symphony Orchestra/Solti
Decca 410181
Morrison: The End
The Doors
Arvo Part: Spiegel im Spiegel
Daniel Hope & Simon Mulligan
Nimbus 5631
Program 4
Wagner: Tristan & Isolde, Love Music
Philadelphia Orchestra/Leopold Stokowski
Odyssey 32368
Wagner: Tristan & Isolde, Act 1: Prelude
Act 3: Kurwenal! Hor! Ein Zweits Schiff
Act 3: Mild Und Leise Wie Er Lachelt (Isoldes Liebestod.)
Chorus of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden
Philharmonia Orchestra/Furtwangler
Naxos 8.110865
Seraphim 6143
11:01, 9:40, 
Program 5
Von Biber: Battalia For Violin, Strings and Basso Continuo In D Major
1. Battalia; 2. The Profligate Society of Common Humor 
3. Allegro; 4. The March; 5. Presto 
6. Aria Biber; 7. The Battle; 8. The Lament of the Wounded
Baroque Band
Cedille 166
8:47; 00:47
Schwantner, Joseph: Percussion Concerto
I. Con forza; III. Ritmico con brio
Christopher Lamb, Nashville Symphony/ Giancarlo Guerrero
Naxos 8.559678
5:37; 10:54
Holst, Gustav: A Somerset Rhapsody
Bournemouth Sinfonietta/Norman Del Mar, c
Warner Classics 40471
Vaughan Williams: The Lark Ascending
Julia Fischer,vn.
Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo, Yakov Kreizberg
London 001553502 


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