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Let me Tell you a Story, part 1

Composers telling us stories. Franz Schubert died asking for more of James Fenimore Cooper’s novels like The Last of the Mohicans. We can only imagine that Schubert was looking for more musical inspiration from stories of forbidden love caught in the crosshairs of the French and Indian War. The next weeks will not feature just tone poems, operas, or Shakespeare, but music inspired by all sorts of poems and books.

Program 1

Claudio Monteverdi: L'Orfeo: Toccata
John Eliot Gardiner & English Baroque Soloists
Monteverdi: L’Orfeo
Archiv Produktion 419250 2

Claudio Monteverdi: L'Orfeo: Sinfonia
- "Scorto da te, mio nume"
- "Ecco l'atra palude" - "Dove, ah, dove te'n vai"

John Eliot Gardiner, English Baroque Soloists, Anthony Rolfe Johnson & Mary Nichols
Monteverdi: L'Orfeo
Arkiv Produktion 419250 2

Claudio Monteverdi: L'Orfeo: Moresca
English Baroque Soloists & John Eliot Gardiner
Monteverdi: L'Orfeo
Arkiv Produktion 419250 2

Lully Jean-Baptiste: Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme - Ouverture
Jordi Savall: Le Concert Des Nations
Jean-Baptiste Lully L’Orchestre du Roi Soleil
Alia Vox AV9807

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Die Entführung Aus Dem Serail
(The Abduction from the Seraglio), K. 384: Overture

London Festival Orchestra & Alfred Scholz
Die Zauberflöte · Entführung Aus Dem Serail · Symphony No. 40 & 41 · Konzerte
Classic Mediaphon 22 168

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Don Giovanni, K. 527: Overture
Sir Neville Marriner & Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Mozart: Don Giovanni
Philips 438494

Ludwig Van Beethoven: Leonore Overture #3, Op. 72A
Arturo Toscanini & NBC Symphony Orchestra
Beethoven - Overtures
RCA Victor 60267 2

Gioachino Rossini: William Tell - Overture
Paul Paray: Detroit Symphony Orchestra
Marches & Overtures A La Francaise
Mercury 434 332 2

Program 2

Alexander Borodin: In The Steppes Of Central Asia
Valery Gergiev: Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra
Rimsky Korsakov: Sheherazade, etc.
Philips 470 840 2

Alexander Borodin: Prince Igor - Polovtsian Dances
Chorus of the Mariinsky Theatre / Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre (Valery Gergiev)
White nights
Philips 442 011 2

Mily Balakirev: Islamey, "Fantaisie Orientale"
Vladimir Horowitz
Schuman, Chopin, Liszt & Balakirev
Vladimir Horowitz At Carnegie Hall - The Private Collection:  1950
RCA Red Seal 88697 54604

Modest Mussorgsky: St. John's Night On Bald Mountain
Claudio Abbado: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Mussorgsky: St John’s night on the Bare Mountain
Sony SK 62034

Modest Mussorgsky: Pictures At an Exhibition:
IV. Bydlo. Sempre Moderato, Pesante
IX. La Cabane de Baba-Yaga Sur Des Pattes de Poule
(The Hut of Baba-Yaga On Chicken's Legs)
Allegro Con Brio, Feroce - Andante Mosso - Allegro Molto
X. La Grande Porte de Kiev (The Great Gate of Kiev).
Allegro Alla Breve. Maestoso. Con Grandezza

Eugene Ormandy & The Philadelphia Orchestra (Henry C. Smith, tenor tuba)
Basic 100 Vol 68 - Mussorgsky: Pictures At An Exhibition
RCA Victor 68336
2:16, 3:44, 4:52

Program 3

Anatoly Liadov: Baba-Yaga, Op. 56
Russian National Orchestra,Mikhail Pletnev
The Enchanted Kingdom
DG 447 084 2

Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade, Op. 35 -
1.The Sea & Sinbad's Ship
2. Story Of The Calendar Prince
3. Young Prince & Young Princess
4. Festival In Baghdad; The Sea; Shipwreck

Seiji Ozawa: Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Victor Aitay, solo violin
Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade, Op. 35
Angel 47617 2
9:36, 11:50, 9:43, 12:02

Program 4

Bedřich Smetana: Má Vlast - 2. Vltava (Moldau)
Rafael Kubelík: Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
My Country
Supraphon Records 1910 2 031

Richard Wagner: Gotterdammerung - Dawn & Siegfried's Rhine Journey
Fritz Reiner; Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Reiner Conducts Wagner
RCA Victor 63301 2

Jean Sibelius: Lemminkäinen Suite, Op. 22: IV. Lemminkäinen's return
Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra & Neeme Järvi
The Symphonies & Tone Poems
DG 4776654

Ferde Grofé: Grand Canyon Suite - 3. On The Trail
Leonard Bernstein: New York Philharmonic Orchestra
Bernstein Favorites - The Twentieth Century
Sony SK 46715

Arthur Honegger: Pacific 231
Charles Dutoit: Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
Symphonies 1 - 5 • Pacific 231 • Rugby
Apex 62687 2

Heitor Villa-Lobos: Bachianas Brasileiras No. 2:
The Little Train of the Caipira

London Symphony Orchestra & Sir Eugene Goossens
Villa-Lobos/ Antill/ Ginastera
Everst EVC 9007

Program 5

Franz Schubert: Gretchen Am Spinnrade, D 118
Dawn Upshaw, Richard Goode
Goethe Lieder
Elektra Nonesuch 79317

Hector Berlioz: La Damnation De Faust, Op. 24 - Marche De Rakoczi
Julius Rudel: Munich Radio Orchestra
A Date with the Devil
Naxos 8.555355

Berlioz: The Ride to the Abyss, Pandemonium and Epilogue on Earth
Kenneth Riegel, José van Dam, Frederica von Stade; Sir Georg Solti, CSO
La Damnation de Faust - Berlioz
London 410 181 2

Charles Gounod: Faust - Act 2: Waltz
Paul Paray: Detroit Symphony Orchestra
French Opera highlights
Mercury 432 014 2

Robert Schumann: Lieder Aus Wilhelm Meister, Op. 98A - Kennst Du Das Land
Dawn Upshaw, Richard Goode
Goethe Lieder
Elektra Nonesuch 79317

Paul Dukas: L'Apprenti Sorcier
Leonard Slatkin: Orchestre National De L'ORTF
Dukas - Symphony en UT - La peri - L’apprenti Sorcier
RCA Victor 68802 2

Gustav Mahler: Symphony #8 In E Flat,
"Symphony Of A Thousand" - Part 2: Blicket Auf Zum Retterblick
"Symphony Of A Thousand" - Part 2: Alles Vergängliche

Lucia Popp, Arleen Augér, Etc.; Georg Solti: Chicago Symphony Orchestra & Chorus
Mahler: Symphony #8
London 414 493
6:01, 5:28


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