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Morning Classics: it's Earth Day, with sounds of the natural world

04/22/09 8:00AM

Antonin Dvorak takes us on a walk "In Nature's Realm" for this Earth Day...the morning continues to unfold in a bouquet of springtime waltzes and songs, Saint-Saens' "Carnival of the Animals", Francaix's "Flower-clock Suite", and a serenade to a tree from Handel's opera "Xerxes".




Vals de la Primavera
Composer: Augustin Barrios
Soloists: David Russell, guitar
Record co./Cat #: Telarc 80373
Note: ("Springtime Waltz")


In Nature's Realm (Concert overture)
Composer: Antonin Dvorak
Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Istvan Kertesz
Record co./Cat #: London 430046


Xerxes: Frondi Teneri / Ombra mai fu (aka: the "Largo" from Xerxes)
Composer: George Friederich Handel
Ensemble: La Grande Ecurie, Chambre du Roy
Conductor: Jean-Claude Malgoire
Soloists: Carolyn Watkinson, mezzo-soprano
Record co./Cat #: Sony 89370
Note: (Act I, Xerxes' aria: "Tender and beautiful fronds...never was made a plant more dear")


I Vespri Siciliani: 4 Seasons
Composer: Giuseppi Verdi
Ensemble: Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Conductor: James Levine
Record co./Cat #: Sony 52489
Note: (ballet sequence from Act III, scene 2)


Violin Concerto "Il Rosignuolo" in A, RV 335a
Composer: Antonio Vivaldi
Ensemble: Sonatori de la Gioiosa Marca
Conductor: Giuliano Carmignola, conductor & violinist
Record co./Cat #: Erato 80225
Note: ("The Nightingale")


An den Fruhling, D 338
Composer: Franz Schubert
Ensemble: Robert Shaw Chamber Singers
Conductor: Robert Shaw
Soloists: Norman Mackenzie, piano
Record co./Cat #: Telarc 80340
Note: ("In the spring" on text by Friedrich von Schiller)


Carnival of the Animals
Composer: Camille Saint-Saens
Ensemble: Trio a Cordes Francais
Soloists: Jean-Philippe Collard & Michel Beroff, pianos
Record co./Cat #: EMI 47543


L'horloge de Flore
Composer: Jean Francaix
Ensemble: Scottish Chamber Orchestra
Conductor: Jukka-Pekka Saraste
Soloists: Gregor Zubicky, oboe
Record co./Cat #: Simax 1064
Note: ("The Flower Clock" - after Carl Linnaeus)


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