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Marlboro Month: Barber

08/09/11 8:00AM

Matthew Arnold's darkly evocative Victorian poem "Dover Beach" has inspired cultural references in everything from Ray Bradbury's "Farenheit 451" to Joseph Heller's "Catch-22". It inspired Samuel Barber too, and in 1931 he created a musical setting of the poem. This morning we'll hear Barber's "Dover Beach" in a live performance from last year's Marlboro Music Festival.



Symphony #5 in D, Op. 2
Composer: William Boyce
Ensemble: Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields
Conductor: Neville Marriner
CD/Album: "Boyce: Symphonies I-VIII"
Record co./Cat #: Argo 417824


An English Suite
Composer: Hubert Parry
Ensemble: English Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: William Boughton
CD/Album: "Finzi - Parry - Bridge"
Record co./Cat #: Nimbus 5366


The Magic Flute, K620: Ein Madchen oder Weibchen
Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Ensemble: Scottish Chamber Orchestra
Conductor: Charles Mackerras
Soloists: Thomas Allen, baritone
CD/Album: "Mozart: Die Zauberflote (Highlights) - Mackerras"
Record co./Cat #: Telarc 80345
Note: (Act II - Papageno's aria: "A girl or little wife)


Variations on "Ein Madchen oder Weibchen" in F, Op. 66
Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven
Soloists: Emanuel Ax, piano ; Yo Yo Ma, cello
CD/Album: "Beethoven: The Sonatas for Cello & Piano"
Record co./Cat #: Sony 42446
Note: (from Mozart's opera, "The Magic Flute"; Act I - duet w/Pamina & Papageno: "In men who feel love...")


Il Signor Bruschino: Overture
Composer: Gioacchino Rossini
Ensemble: Orpheus Chamber Orchestra
CD/Album: "Rossini: Overtures"
Record co./Cat #: Deutsche Grammophon 415363


Woodnotes: Part II
Composer: Frank Nuyts
Ensemble: Collegium Instrumentale Brugense
Conductor: Frank Nuyts
Soloists: Robert Van Sice, marimba
CD/Album: "3 Marimba Concertos"
Record co./Cat #: Et Cetera 1085


Dover Beach
Composer: Samuel Barber
Ensemble: Marlboro Music Festival
Soloists: Nathaniel Webster, baritone ; Elena Urioste, violin ; Helene Clement, viola ; Marcy Rosen, cello
CD/Album: "Marlboro Music Festival on 8/1/2010"
Record co./Cat #: Marlboro 2010-08-01
Note: (Recorded at the Marlboro Music Festival, 8/1/2010 - setting of the poem by Matthew Arnold)


Symphony #8 in G, Op. 88, B 163
Composer: Antonin Dvorak
Ensemble: Columbia Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Bruno Walter
CD/Album: "Dvorak-Symphony No. 8-Walter"
Record co./Cat #: Sony 42038


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