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This week Exploring Music paints landscapes with music. We start in an outdoor café, listening to Placido Domingo sing Augustin Lara’s song about the Andalusian city Granada.  Then our tour walks through the gardens with Manuel De Falla and rides the sea's waves with Debussy. We'll climb the  foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains to listen to Pepe Ramero play Francisco Tárrega's Recuerdos De La Alhambra. And this is all just in the first hour! Landscapes are a wonderfully rich subject in music which we will return to many times, so just slow down and take in the sights and sounds of our musical travels.

 
 
Program 1

Agustín Lara: Granada
London Symphony Orchestra/ Marcel Peeters, conductor
Plácido Domingo, t.
The Greatest Hits of Placido Domingo
DG 445 777
3:51
 

Manuel De Falla: Noches En Los Jardines De España
II. Danza Lejana

Orchestre De Paris/ Daniel Barenboim, c.
Martha Argerich, piano
Falla
Erato CD 88255
14:07
 

Enrique Granados: 12 Danzas Españolas, Op. 37
7. Valenciana; 8. Asturiana 
Alicia De Larrocha, pn.
Granados
EMI 64529-2
8:01
 

TOMÁS BRETÓN: En la Alhambra     
City Of Granada Orchestra, Juan de Udaeta
Alhambrismo Sinfónico Almaviva
En La Alhambra
DS0107
8:06
 

Federico Mompou: Paisajes
2. El Lago 
Leif Ove Andsnes, pn.
Horizons
EMI 0946 3 41682 2
3:55
 

Maurice Ravel: Rapsodie Espagnole
4. Fería     

André Previn: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Rapsodie Espagnole
EMI 63887-2
6:28

 

Francisco Tárrega: Recuerdos De La Alhambra      
Pepe Romero     
Tárrega: Recuerdos De La Alhambra & Albéniz: Asturias, Jeux Interdit
Philips 411 033-2
4:19 excerpt
 

Program 2

Ralph Vaughan Williams: Norfolk Rhapsody #1
New Philharmonia Orchestra/ Boult,
RVW Collector's Edition (Box Set)
EMI 06636
10:17
 

Ralph Vaughan Williams: On Wenlock Edge
4. Oh, when I was in love with you           
5. Bredon Hill     
Ian Partridge: The Music Group Of London
RVW Collector's Edition
EMI 06636
8:03
 

Dylan Thomas: “ Fern Hill”
Dylan Thomas Reading
Caedmon TC 1281
Dylan Thomas Reading A Child's Christmas in Wales and Five Poems
4:00


Frederick Delius: On Hearing The First Cuckoo In Spring     
Thomas Beecham: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra        
Delius: Orchestral Works, Vol. 1
EMI 47509
6:25


Percy Grainger: Lincolnshire Posy: I. Lisbon (Sailor's Song) 
IV. The Brisk Young Sailor   
The Central Band of the Royal Air Force/Wing Commander Eric Banks
British Music for Concert Band
EMI CDC7-49608-2
3:05
 

George Butterworth: Six Songs from "A Shropshire Lad"
Loveliest of Trees         

Benjamin Luxon, baritone & David Willison, piano
Songs / Benjamin Luxon & David Willison
Chandos 8831
2:56
 

Vaughan Williams, Ralph: The Lark Ascending 
Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo/ Yakov Kreizberg, conductor
Julia Fischer, vn.
RVW Collector's Edition  (Box Set)
EMI 06636
14:27
 

Program 3

Debussy: L'Isle Joyeuse, L 106
Zoltán Kocsis, pn.
Debussy: Images, 2 Arabesques, L'isle joyeuse, Berceuse Heroique
Philips 422404-2
6:09
 

Felix Mendelssohn: The Hebrides, Op.26 (Fingal's Cave)
Israel Philharmonic Orchestra/ Leonard Bernstein, c,
EMI
9:55
 

Edward Elgar: Sea Pictures Op.37,
I. Sea Slumber Song

II. In Haven
Janet Baker, BBC Symphony Orchestra,  Barbirolli, c.
Sea Pictures The Music Makers
EMI 56219
7:00
 

Maurice Ravel: Une Barque Sur L'Océan
Riccardo Muti: Philadelphia Orchestra      
EMI 55120
8:25 


Frank Bridge: Sea Pieces
2: Sea Foam
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra/ Groves, c.
British Composers
EMI Classic 66855
2:27
 

Claude Debussy: La Mer                           
II. La Mer: Jeux de vagues
III. Dialogue du vent et de la mer
Charles Münch & Boston Symphony Orchestra
RCA 61500-2
14:10
 

Program 4

Richard Strauss: Eine Alpensinfonie, Op. 64      
André Previn: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Eine Alpensinfonie
Telarc 80211
25:15 (first half of Symphony) (00:44, 1:00 excerpt)
 

Carl Ruggles: Men and Mountains –
II. Lilacs     

Christoph Von Dohnányi: Cleveland Orchestra
Ives: Three Places in New England; Ruggles:Men and Mountains
London 443 776
2:33

 

Alan Hovhaness:  Symphony #2, Op. 132, "Mysterious Mountain"
1. Andante; 2. Moderato Maestoso; 3. Allegro Vivo: 4. Andante Espressivo
Fritz Reiner: Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Hovhaness Mysterious Mountains
RCA 61957
19:07
 

Program 5

Robert Ward: Appalachian Dances and Ditties: Cloggin'       
Sarah Johnson, vln.      
Fiddler's Galaxy
Albany Records
00:36 (excerpt)
 

Aaron Copland: Billy The Kid
1. Introduction: The Open Prairie    
2. Street In A Frontier Town           
3. Mexican Dance And Finale
4. Prairie Night (excerpt :29)
Leonard Bernstein: New York Philharmonic Orchestra
Sony 63082
10:51
 

FERDE GROFÉ: Mississippi Suite
I. Father of the Waters  

André Kostelanetz & New York Philharmonic
Grofe: Grand Canyon & Mississippi Suites
CBS great performances 37759
3:00
 

FERDE GROFÉ: Grand Canyon Suite: III. On the Trail        
Leonard Bernstein & New York Philharmonic
The Royal Edition Vol 27
Sony 47544
7:22
 

Charles Ives: Three Places in New England
I. The 'St. Gaudens' In Boston Common   
Christoph Von Dohnányi: Cleveland Orchestra
London 443 776
9:03
 

Stephen Foster: The Old Pine Tree  
Paula Robison, flute, Samuel Sanders, fl.
By the old Pine Tree
Pergola 1034
 

Cary John Franklin: Cauldrons       
Kansas City Symphony, William McGlaughlin  
American Voices
NO LABEL 1994
6:45
 

Tobias Picker: Old & Lost Rivers    
John Williams: London Symphony Orchestra
The Five Sacred Trees
Sony 62729
4:41
 

Shenandoah: Traditional 
Paul Robeson, b.
Ol' Man River & Other Favourites   1936
EMI 47839
3:31
 

 

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