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Game of Pairs, Part II

Our two-week series focusing on legendary partnerships between composers continues. This week starts in Paris with French impressionist composers Debussy and Ravel, focusing on their respective quartets. Bill then explores the friendship between Béla Bartôk and Zoltan Kodály, in particular their love of Hungarian folk music, and closes with Leonard Bernstein conducting the New York Philharmonic in a performance of his longtime friend Aaron Copland’s 3rd symphony.

Program 1

We kick off part two of the Game of Pairs with French impressionist composers Debussy and Ravel, focusing on their respective string quartets. 

Debussy: String Quartet In G Minor, Op. 10
Emerson Quartet
DG 445509
6:23, 3:46, 7:42, 6:59

Ravel: String Quartet In F, I, II, III (excerpt), IV
Emerson Quartet
DG 445509
1:36, 8:12, 5:59, 2:26, 5:14

Program 2

We continue with more music from Debussy and Ravel, including Debussy’s La Mer and Ravel’s Daphnis et Chloé.  

Claude Debussy: Sonata for Violin and Piano in g, Allegro vivo, Intermede, Tres Anime
Joseph Szigeti, v.; Béla Bartók, p.
Vanguard 72025

Debussy: La Mer, L 109 – De L’Aube À Midi Sur La Mer & Dialogue Du Vent Et De La Mer
Montreal Symphony Orchestra/Charles Dutoit
London 430240

Maurice Ravel: Daphnis et Chloé, Suite No. 2
  I. Lever du jour
  II. Pantomime
  III. Danse Générale

Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal/Charles Dutoit
London 444386

Debussy: La Fille Aux Cheveux De Lin
Columbia Symphony Orchestra/Frank Brieff; Isaac Stern, v.
Sony 64501

Program 3

Bill explores the friendship between Béla Bartók and Zoltán Kodály, in particular their love of Hungarian folk music. We open with a piece arranged by Bartók and played for us by Bill. 

Trad, arr. Bartók: Transylvanian Dance
McGlaughlin, p.

Kodály: Summer Evening (excerpt)
Budapest Philharmonic Orchestra/Kodály
DG 2543809 (LP)

Kodály: Duo Op. 7, III
Jascha Heifetz, v.; Gregor Piatigorsky, vc.
RCA 61758

Bartók: Evening In Transylvania From 10 Easy Pieces (w/Bartok Announcement)
Bartók, p.
Priceless 22719

Bartók: Bagatelle, Op. 6, No. 2
Bartók, p.
Priceless 22719

Bartók: Dance Suite, SZ 77
Philharmonia Hungarica/Antal Doráti
Merc 432017

Kodály: Dances Of Galánta (1933)
Chicago Symphony Orchestra/Neeme Järvi
Chan 8877

Program 4

More from Bartók and Kodály. Bill plays music from Kodály’s opera Háry János and Bartók’s Concerto for Orchestra. 

Zoltán Kodaly: Háry János Suite, Op. 35A
  I. Prelude: The Fairy Tale Begins
  II. Viennese Musical Clock
  III. Song
  IV. Battle & Defeat Of Napoleon
  V. Intermezzo
  VI. Entrance Of The Emperor & His Court

Chicago Symphony Orchestra/Neeme Järvi
Chandos 8877

Bela Bartók: Concerto for Orchestra
  II. Giuoco delle coppie
  IV. Intermezzo interrotto
  V. Finale : pesante

Hungarian State Symphony Orchestra/Adám Fischer
Nimbus 5229
6:58, 14:50

Béla Bartók: Concerto for Piano & Orchestra No. 3
  II. Adagio religioso

Hungarian State Symphony Orchestra/János Ferencsik; Dezsö Ránki, p.
Hungaroton 31036

Program 5

We close our exploration of composer duos with Aaron Copland and Leonard Bernstein, including music composed by Copland and conducted by Bernstein. 

Aaron Copland: Symphony #2, Short Symphony (excerpt)
London Symphony Orchestra/Copland
Sony 47232

Copland: El Salón México
New York Philharmonic Orchestra/Leonard Bernstein
DG 431 672

Copland: Piano Variations
Stephen Hough, p.
Hyperion 67005

Copland: Appalachian Spring
SPCO/Dennis Russell Davies
Pro Arte 140
3:33, 7:05

Copland: Symphony #3 – 4. Molto Deliberato (excerpt)
New York Philharmonic Orchestra/Leonard Bernstein
DG 419 170

Bernstein: Symphony No. 2 for Piano and Orchestra, The Age of Anxiety (after W.H. Auden) [original 1949 version]
  The Masque
  The Epilogue

New York Philharmonic/Bernstein; Lukas Foss, p.
DG 415 964

Bernstein: Agathon fr. Serenade
London Symphony Orchestra/Hugh Wolff; Brian Lewis, v.
Delos 3357

Copland: Clarinet Concerto, I (excerpt)
New York Philharmonic Orchestra/Bernstein; Drucker, cl.
DG 431 672


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