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How Strange the Change from Major to Minor, Part I

There's no love song finer, but how strange the change from major to minor.  ‑ Cole Porter
This two-week series comes from a listener who wrote asking about the different scales in Western music. You may know of major and minor scales, and hear the change of mood that composers can achieve by transitioning between them, but there are five other scales, or modes, we hear all the time. You can hear modal shifts in works by Monteverdi and in the late symphonies of Beethoven, Schubert, and many more. Come with us and explore the vibrant palette of colors that composers can use to set and change moods. How strange the change?

Program 1

Cole Porter: Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye
Carmen McRae
Sings Great American Songwriters
MCA GRP16312

Mendelssohn: A midsummer Night's Dream Overture, Op. 21
Charles Mackerras: Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Symphony #4, A midsummer Night's Dream 2001
Virgin Classics 61183

Beethoven, Ludwig Van: Egmont, Op. 84 - 1. Overture
Kurt Masur: New York Philharmonic Orchestra
Beethoven: Symphony #5, Egmont
Teldel 77313

Beethoven: Symphony #5 in C minor, Op. 67
1. Allegro Con Brio

Carlos Klieber: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
DG 41861

Beethoven: Symphony #5 in C minor, Op. 67 -
3. Scherzo: Allegro

Carlos Klieber: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
DG 415861

Cole Porter: Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye
Carmen McRae
Sings Great American Songwriters
MCA GRP16312


Program 2

Traditional: What shall we do with a Drunken Sailor?
Fisherman's Friends, Long Dan Russell, The Cod Wranglers & Ron Kavana & The Sherkin Crew
Fisherman's Friends
Proper PRPCD092

Traditional: What shall we do with the Drunken Sailor
Robert Shaw CHorale
Sea Shanties
RCA 63528-2

William Cornyshe: Ah, Robin
Alfred & The Deller Consort
Folk Songs and Ballads
Vanguard ADD 1955-61

Holst: Second Suite in F for Military Band
II. Song Without Words (I'll Love My Love)
III. The Song of the Blacksmith

The Central Band of the Royal Air Forrce Wing Commander Eric Banks
British Music for Concert Band/ Central Band of the RAF/
EMI 49608
2:48, 1:12

Paul Simon & Art Garfunkel: Scarborough Fair/ Canticle
Simon & Garfunkel
The Best of Simon & Garfunkel
Comlubia, Ck 66022, Legacy CK 66022

John lennon & Paul McCartney: Eleanor Rigby
The Beatles
Parlophone CDP 7 46441 2

Ludwig van Beethoven: Missa Solemnis, Op. 123
Credo: Et incarnatus est Otto Klemperer/ Elisabeth Soderstrom/ Waldemar Kmentt/ Marga Hoffgen/ Martti Talvela
New Great Recordings of the Century
EMI 67547

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

Joan Baez
In Concert
Vanguard VCD 113/14

William McGlaughlin: Three Sketches for Three Winds
II. Variations on a Theme - Geordie Moriah Winds
III. Boogawoogop

Moriah Winds
3:02, 3:10

Vaughan Williams, Ralph: Norfolk Rhapsody #1
Bernard Haitinik: London Philharmonic Orchestra
Vaughan Williams Symphony No. 5
EMI 55487

Cole Porter: Everytime We Say Goodbye
Jimmy Scott
All the Way Jimmy Scott
aad 26955


Program 3

Sibelius: Night Ride & Sunrise, Op. 55
Simon Rattle: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
Sibelius Symphony No. 5
EMI 47006

Sibelius: Symphony #2 in D, op. 43
I. Allegretto
II. Andante Ma Rubato
III. Vivacissimo
IV. Allegro Moderato

George Szell: Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Phil 420771
9:25, 12:41, 5:44, 13:41

Cole Porter: Everytime We Say Goodbye
Ann Hampton Callaway
To Ella With Love
Shanachie B00HWJZTHQ


Program 4

 Franz Liszt: No. 4 Standchen (Serenade) S. 560
Vladamir Horowitz
Piano Transcriptions After Schubert: Vladamir Horowitz
Complete Recordings on Deutsche Grammonphon
DG 474 370-2

Antonin Dvorak: Bagatelles - Allegretto Scherzando
Dennis Russell Davies: Beethovenhalle Orchestra
Bagatelles & Serenade
MMD 60180 Musicmasters

Brahms, Johannes: Symphony #1 in Cminor, Op 68
I. Un Poco Sostenuto, Allegro
III. Un poco Allefretto e grazioso
IV. Adagio, Piu Andante, Allegro Non Troppo, Ma Con Brio

Georg Solti: Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Decca 414458
16:53, 17:31

Cole Porter: Every Time We Say Goodbye
Karrin Allyson, Steve Wilson, James Williams
Ballads: Remembering John Coltrane
Concord Jazz CCD-4950-25


Program 5

Gustav Mahler: Symphony #1 in D minor, "Titan" -
III. Feierlich Und Gemessen, ohne Zu Schleppen

Giuseppe Sinopoli: Philharmonia Orchestra Mahler: Symphony #1 1989
DG 429 228-2

Mahler: Symphony #2  in C Minor, "Resurrection" -
I. Allegro Maestoso

Leonard Bernstein: New York Philharmonic Orchestra
DG 423 395-2
25:09 (CD 1)

Mahler: Symphony #2 In C Minor, "Resurrection" -
5. Langsam, Misterioso "Auferstehn, Ja Auferstehn Wirst Du" G
13. Langsam, Ni
14. Etwas Bewegter "O Glaube, Mein Herz, OGlaube"
15. Mit Aufschwung, Aber Nicht Eilen "OScmerz Du Alldurchdringer"

Leonard Bernstein: New York philharmonic Orchestra,
Barbara Hendricks, Christa Ludwig, Westminster CHoir
DG 423 395-2
4:10, 3:57, 3:34, 5:10 (CD 2)

Cole Porter: Every Time We Say Goodbye
Keith Jarrett & Charlie Haden
Keith Jarrett & Charlie Haden Last Dance
ECM Records ECM 2399



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