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A Mermaid and the River Moldau

02/03/10 10:00AM By Walter Parker

On Felix Mendelssohn's birthday, we'll listen to his Fair Melusine Overture, about a woman who shocked her husband by turning into a mermaid.  Also today, Smetana's vivid depiction of the River Moldau (Vltava), from high in the Bohemian hills, past forests, farms and small villages until arriving grandly at Prague.  The Vermont Philharmonic Orchestra will include The Moldau on its programs this weekend in Colchester and Barre.

Playlist

10:02am

The Fair Melusina Overture
Composer: Felix Mendelssohn
Ensemble: Montreal Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Charles Dutoit
CD/Album: Mendelssohn: A Midsummer Night's Dream, etc.
Record co./Cat #: London 417541
 
 

10:16am

Keyboard Concerto #5 in f, BWV 1056
Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach
10:07
Ensemble: American Contemporary Music Ensemble
Soloists: Simone Dinnerstein, piano
CD/Album: Live on VPR Classical
Record co./Cat #: VPR 20100122
 
 

10:30am

Ma Vlast: Vltava (Ma Vlast = "My Fatherland") - (German: "The Moldau")
Composer: Bedrich Smetana
Ensemble: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Conductor: Nikolaus Harnoncourt
CD/Album: Smetana: Ma Vlast
Record co./Cat #: RCA 54331
 
 

10:46am

The King Shall Rejoice
Composer: Georg Frideric Handel
Ensemble: The English Concert
Conductor: Simon Preston
Soloists: Choir of Westminster Abbey
CD/Album: Handel: Coronation Anthems-Concerti a Due Cori
Record co./Cat #: Deutsche Grammophon 447280
 
 

11:02am

The Trojans: Royal Hunt & Storm (French: "Les Troyens")
Composer: Hector Berlioz
Ensemble: Berlin Philharmonic
Conductor: James Levine
Soloists: RIAS Chamber Chorus
CD/Album: Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique - Konigliche Jagd und Gwetter
Record co./Cat #: Deutsche Grammophon 431624
 
 

11:15am

Violin Sonata #1 in A, Op. 13
Composer: Gabriel Faure
Soloists: Soovin Kim, violin ; Jeremy Denk, piano
CD/Album: Soovin Kim, Jeremy Denk, Jupiter String Quartet: Chausson & Faure
Record co./Cat #: Azica 71243
 
 

11:43am

Russian Easter Festival Overture
Composer: Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Ensemble: Montreal Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Charles Dutoit
CD/Album: Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition, etc.
Record co./Cat #: London 417299
 
 

12:02pm

Terpsichore: 6 Dances
Composer: Michael Praetorius
Ensemble: Collegium Terpsichore
Conductor: Fritz Neumeyer
CD/Album: Dance Music of the High Renaissance
Record co./Cat #: Boston Skyline 118
 
 

12:20pm

Concerto for 2 Mandolins in G, RV 532
Composer: Antonio Vivaldi
Ensemble: Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields
Conductor: Neville Marriner
CD/Album: Vivaldi: 6 Double Concertos
Record co./Cat #: Philips 412892
 
 

12:36pm

Idomeneo (King of Crete): Final Ballet, K 366
Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Ensemble: Musicians of the Louvre
Conductor: Marc Minkowski
CD/Album: Mozart: Symphonies Nos. 40-41
Record co./Cat #: Deutsche Grammophon 6506
 
 

12:51pm

La plus que lente (orchestral version) ("As slowly as possible")
Composer: Claude Debussy
Ensemble: Montreal Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Charles Dutoit
CD/Album: Debussy: Children's Corner - La Boite a Joujoux, etc.
Record co./Cat #: London 444386
 
 

1:02pm

Miroirs: Noctuelles
Composer: Maurice Ravel
Soloists: Naida Cole, piano
CD/Album: Naida Cole - Reflections
Record co./Cat #: London 472464
 
 

1:07pm

Miroirs: Une barque sur l'ocean (" A boat on the ocean")
Composer: Maurice Ravel
Soloists: Naida Cole, piano
CD/Album: Reflections
Record co./Cat #: London 472464
 
 

1:14pm

Miroirs: Alborada del Gracioso (piano version) ("Morning Song of a Jester")
Composer: Maurice Ravel
Soloists: Naida Cole, piano
CD/Album: Naida Cole - Reflections
Record co./Cat #: London 472464
 
 

1:23pm

Moscow-Cheryomushki Suite, Op. 105
Composer: Dmitri Shostakovich
Ensemble: The Philadelphia Orchestra
Conductor: Riccardo Chailly
CD/Album: Shostakovich: The Dance Album
Record co./Cat #: London 452597
 
 

1:47pm

Fuga e Misterio
Composer: Astor Piazzolla
arr. Jeff Scott
Ensemble: Imani Winds
CD/Album: Imani Winds
Record co./Cat #: Koch International Classics 7661
 
 

1:52pm

Umoja ("Unity")
Composer: Valerie Coleman
Ensemble: Imani Winds
CD/Album: Imani Winds
Record co./Cat #: KOCH 7661
 
 

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