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Hats Off To Elgar!

06/02/11 8:00AM

Edward Elgar was born into a musical family on this day in England, 1857. In celebration we'll hear his jaunty "Cockaigne" Overture along with a lovely selection of his choral songs.



Cockaigne Overture (In London Town)
Composer: Edward Elgar
Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Adrian Boult
CD/Album: "Elgar: Symphony No. 2 in E Flat - 'Cockaigne' Overture"
Record co./Cat #: EMI 47205


The Shower / The Stream / The Woodland Stream
Composer: Edward Elgar
Conductor: Donald Hunt
Soloists: Donald Hunt Singers
CD/Album: "Elgar: Complete Choral Works"
Record co./Cat #: Hyperion 66271


Variations in G on Muller's "Ich Bin...Kakadu", Op. 121a
Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven
Soloists: Vladimir Ashkenazy, piano ; Itzhak Perlman, violin ; Lynn Harrell, cello
CD/Album: "Beethoven: Piano Trios"
Record co./Cat #: EMI 47455


Pastorale d'ete
Composer: Arthur Honegger
Ensemble: Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra
Conductor: David Zinman
CD/Album: "Honegger: Pacific 231 - Symphony No.2, etc."
Record co./Cat #: London 455352


Fantasia Suite #4 in C (for 2 Violins, Bass Viol & Organ)
Composer: William Lawes
Ensemble: The Purcell Quartet
CD/Album: "Lawes: Fantasia Suites - The Purcell Quartet"
Record co./Cat #: Chandos 552


Tosca: E Lucevan le Stelle
Composer: Giacomo Puccini
Ensemble: Philharmonia Orchestra
Conductor: Giuseppi Sinopoli
Soloists: Placido Domingo, tenor
CD/Album: "Mad About Tenors"
Record co./Cat #: Deutsche Grammophon 439517
Note: (Act III, Cavaradossi's romance aria: "And the stars were shining")


Appalachian Spring
Composer: Aaron Copland
Ensemble: New York Philharmonic
Conductor: Leonard Bernstein
CD/Album: "Copland: Rodeo - Billy The Kid - Bernstein"
Record co./Cat #: Sony 42265


Five Pieces for Piano
Composer: Leon Kirchner
Soloists: Leon Kirchner, piano
CD/Album: "Leon Kirchner-Concerto/Trio/Five Pieces/Music for 12""
Record co./Cat #: Elektra 79188
Note: (written 1987, inspired by Emily Dickinson poems)
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