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Les Nuits d'été

07/05/11 8:00AM

Ahh, summer nights: starry skies and warm, flower-perfumed breezes wafting in through open windows. This morning's music features highlights from Hector Berlioz's evocative song cycle "Les Nuits d'été" - "Summer nights" with the incomparable soprano Régine Crespin. Manuel de Falla's "Nights in the Gardens of Spain" completes the picture in our 9am hour together.



Composer: Claude Debussy
Ensemble: The Philadelphia Orchestra
Conductor: Eugene Ormandy
CD/Album: "Debussy: La Mer, Prelude, Nocturnes"
Record co./Cat #: Sony 53256


Jeux d'eau
Composer: Maurice Ravel
Soloists: Jean-Yves Thibaudet, piano
CD/Album: "Ravel: Complete works for solo piano"
Record co./Cat #: London 433515
Note: ("water games")


Orchestral Suite #4 in G, Op. 61 "Mozartiana"
Composer: Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Ensemble: Radio Symphony Orchestra of Stuttgart
Conductor: Neville Marriner
CD/Album: "Tchaikovsky: Suites 3 & 4 ' Mozartiana' "
Record co./Cat #: Capriccio 10200
Note: (including themes from "Don Giovanni" and the motet "Ave Verum Corpus")


Trio Sonata #5 in C, BWV 529
Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach
Soloists: Heinz Holliger, oboe ; Tabea Zimmermann, viola ; Christiane Jaccottet, harpsichord ; Thomas Demenga, cello
CD/Album: "Bach - The Trio Sonatas"
Record co./Cat #: Philips 422328
Note: (arr. from Organ Sonata #5)


The Secret: Overture
Composer: Bedrich Smetana
Ensemble: BBC Philharmonic
Conductor: Gianandrea Noseda
CD/Album: "Smetana: Orchestral Works, Vol. 2"
Record co./Cat #: Chandos 10518


Les Nuits d'ete: Villanelle; Le Spectre de la rose; L'Ile inconunue
Composer: Hector Berlioz
Ensemble: L'Orchestre de la Suisse Romande
Conductor: Ernest Ansermet
Soloists: Regine Crespin, soprano
CD/Album: "Berlioz: Les Nuits d'Ete, Ravel: Sheherazade, etc"
Record co./Cat #: London 4757712
Note: ("Summer Nights: Villanelle; The spectre of the rose; The unknown island")


Nights in the Gardens of Spain
Composer: Manuel de Falla
Ensemble: London Philharmonic Orchestra
Conductor: Rafael Fruhbeck-de Burgos
Soloists: Alicia de Larrocha, piano
CD/Album: "Falla: Nights in the Gardens of Spain"
Record co./Cat #: London 410289


Jacaras & Tarantelas
Composer: Santiago de Murcia
Soloists: Paul O'Dette, lute ; Andrew Lawrence-King, harp ; Pedro Estevan, percussion
CD/Album: "Jacaras! 18th Century Guitar Music of Santiago de Murcia"
Record co./Cat #: Harmonia Mundi 907212
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