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Let me Tell you a Story, part 2

More music from composers telling us stories. From Otto Nicolai’s overture to the Merry Wives of Windsor based on Shakespeare’s play to Cole Porter singing Anything Goes from his 1934 hit musical. Stories told and feelings expressed through music go far back in history and to the core of our human spirit.

 
Program 1

Otto Nicolai: Die Lustigen Weiber Von Windsor - Overture
Lance Friedel: Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Great Comedy Overtures
Naxos 8573418
8:21

Giuseppe Verdi: La Traviata, Act I: Prelude
Berlin Philharmonic & Claudio Abbado
The Berlin Album
DG 471 627 2
4:02

Humperdinck, Engelbert: Hänsel und Gretel (1893): Overture
Georg Solti CSO
Hänsel und Gretel
Decca 470 567 2
8:29

Jacques Offenbach: Orphée Aux Enfers - Overture
Herbert Von Karajan: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Offenbach: Ouverturen
DG 400 044 2
9:44

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: 1812 Overture
Eugene Ormandy, The Philadelphia Orchestra, The Philadelphia Brass Bands,
Temple University Choirs & Robert Page                
1812 Overture / Wellington’s Victory
RCA Red Seal LSC 3204
16:47

 
Program 2

Richard Wagner: Der Fliegende Holländer - Ouvertüre
Georg Solti: Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Wagner: Overtures, Preludes, & Liebestod
London 411 951 2
11:05

Richard Wagner: Lohengrin - Act 3: Prelude
James Levine: Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Wagner: Overtures & Preludes
DG 435 874 2
3:32

Wagner: Overture To Die Meistersinger
Georg Solti CSO
Overtures & Preludes
Decca 430 448 2
10:30

Richard Wagner: Götterdämmerung: Siegfried: Forest Murmurs
Arturo Toscanini, NBC Symphony Orchestra
Arturo Toscanini - NBC Symphony Orchestra - Vol II
RCA Red Seal 59482 2
8:22

Richard Wagner: Götterdämmerung - Act 3: Trauermarsch
Georg Solti: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Götterdämmerung
Decca 35253
6:24

Richard Wagner: Götterdämmerung - Act 3: Fliegt Heim, Ihr Raben!
Birgit Nilsson, Wolfgang Windgassen,  
Georg Solti: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, Vienna State Opera Chorus
Götterdämmerung
Decca 35253
8:42

 
Program 3

Samuel Barber: Knoxville: Summer of of 1915
Kathleen Battle, Orchestra of St. Luke's, Andre Previn
Honey & Rue - Kathleen Battle
DG 437 787 2
14:54

Strauss, Richard: Don Juan, Op. 20
Georg Solti, CSO
Strauss: Also Sprach Zarathustra, etc
London 436 623 2
17:32

Richard Strauss: Ein Heldenleben, Op. 40 - Der Held
Seiji Ozawa: Boston Symphony Orchestra
Strauss - Zarathustra - A Hero’s Life - Ozawa
Philips 442 645 2
4:20

Richard Strauss: Also Sprach Zarathustra, Op. 30 - Einleitung
Seiji Ozawa: Boston Symphony Orchestra
Strauss - Zarathustra - A Hero’s Life - Ozawa
Philips 442 645 2
1:47

Richard Strauss: Eine Alpensinfonie, Op. 64
André Previn: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Strauss: Eine Alpensinfonie
Telarc 80211
48:19

Richard Strauss: Till Eulenspiegel
Richard Strauss: Staatskapelle Berlin
Strauss: Tone Poems
Warner Classics 6783122
14:42

Richard Strauss: Don Quixote, Op. 35 - Introduction, Don Quixote Sinks Into Madness
Theme, Don Quixote & Sancho Panza
Var 1: The Adventure Of The Windmills
Var. 2: The Battle With The Sheep
Var. 3: Dialogue Of Knight & Squire
Var 4: The Adventure With The Procession Of Penitents
Var 5: Don Quixote's Vigil
Var. 6. Dulcinea’s Enchantment
Don Quixote, Op. 35 -Var 7:
The Ride Through The Air
Var 8: The Adventure Of The Enchanted Boat
Var 9: The Contest With The Magicians
Var 10: Joust With Knight Of White Moone
Var 11: Finale, The Death of Don Quixote

Pierre Fournier; George Szell: Cleveland Orchestra
Szell - Cleveland - Fournier - Bloom - Strauss - Don Quixote - Don Juan - Horn Concerto No. 1
Sony Classical MHK 63123
6:00, 1:56, 2:32, 1:27, 7:15, 1:48, 4:01, 1:04, 1:01, 1:43, 1:05, 4:11, 5:14

Program 4

Mendelssohn: A Midsummer Night's Dream, Op. 61 - Scherzo
Chicago Symphony Orchestra    
Mendelssohn: Ein Sommernachtstraum U.A.
DG 415 137 2
4:27

Hector Berlioz: Roméo Et Juliette, Op. 17 - Scherzo, "La Reine Mab"
Arturo Toscanini: NBC Symphony Orchestra
The Toscanini Collection
RCA Victor 603 40 2
8:17

Hector Berlioz: Love Scene (Adagio)
Carlo Maria Giulini: Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Berlioz and Tchaikovsky: Romeo and Juliet
EMI 47616 2
16:52

Diamond: Romeo and Juliet, 2. Balcony Scene (Andante semplice)
Gerard Schwarz, New York Chamber Orchestra
Diamond: Symphony No. 3/ Romeo & Juliet
Delos DE 3103 13491 3103 2
5:06

Prokofiev, Serge: Romeo Decides to avenge Mercutio
USSR State Symphony Orchestra, Algis Ziuratis
Prokofiev:  Romeo & Juliet, op. 64
Melodiya MLD2 32116
2:06

Prokofiev: Romeo & Juliet Suites - Finale
USSR State Symphony Orchestra, Algis Ziuratis
Prokofiev:  Romeo & Juliet, op. 64
Melodiya MLD2 32116
2:02

 

Sergei Prokofiev: Romeo & Juliet Suite #1, Op. 64A - Tybalt's Death
Riccardo Muti: Philadelphia Orchestra
Prokofiev: Romeo und Julia: Muti
EMI 47004 2
4:13

Leonard Bernstein: I Feel Pretty (feat. Winter Garden Theatre Cast & Winter Garden Orchestra)
Tonight (feat. Winter Garden Orchestra & Chita Rivera)
Carol Lawrence West Side Story (Original Broadway Cast and Orchestra) Leonard Bernstein
West Side Story - Original Winter Garden Theatre Cast, Larry Kert
Columbia Masterworks OS 2001
2:47, 3:39

Program 5

 

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