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Vivaldi's Magnificat

12/04/12 9:00AM By Walter Parker

Antonio Vivaldi was in charge of music at one of the Venetian ospedali, which offered shelter to the daughters of nobles who had fallen on hard times.  Conductor Andrew Parrott takes his cue from the fact that Vivaldi had only female voices available and uses only female singers in his recording of Vivaldi's Magnificat, which we'll listen to today.

Playlist

9:02am

Overture (Suite) for Recorder and Strings in F
Composer: Christoph Graupner
Ensemble: Les Idees Heureuses
Conductor: Genevieve Soly
Soloists: Natalie Michaud, recorder
CD/Album: Christmas in Darmstadt
Record co./Cat #: Analekta 9115
 
 

9:27am

Rhapsodie Espagnole
Composer: Maurice Ravel
Ensemble: Montreal Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Charles Dutoit
CD/Album: Ravel: Bolero, Rapsodie Espagnole, etc.
Record co./Cat #: London 410010
 
 

9:45am

Noel We Sing
Composer: Louis-Claude Daquin
Ensemble: Counterpoint
Conductor: Robert DeCormier
CD/Album: Counterpoint Sings Noel
Record co./Cat #: Albany 801
 
 

9:50am

A La Nanita Nana
Composer: Traditional (Spanish)
Ensemble: Counterpoint
Conductor: Robert de Cormier
Soloists: John Muratore, guitar ; Karen Kevra, flute ; Roger Grow, finger cymbals
CD/Album: Counterpoint Sings Noel
Record co./Cat #: Albany 801
 
 

9:54am

Children, Go Where I Send Thee (Spiritual)
Composer: Traditional (African-American)
arr. Robert DeCormier
Ensemble: Counterpoint
Conductor: Robert de Cormier
Soloists: Erik K. Brooks, baritone ; D. Thomas Toner, percussion
CD/Album: Counterpoint Sings Noel
Record co./Cat #: Albany 801
 
 

10:01am

String Quartet (1823) in Eb
Composer: Felix Mendelssohn
Ensemble: Pacifica Quartet
CD/Album: Mendelssohn: The Complete String Quartets
Record co./Cat #: Cedille 82
 
 

10:28am

Symphony #4 "Naive" in Eb
Composer: Franz Berwald
Ensemble: San Francisco Symphony
Conductor: Herbert Blomstedt
CD/Album: Berwald: Sinfonie Serieuse / Symphony No. 4
Record co./Cat #: London 436597
 
 

11:01am

Magnificat
Composer: Antonio Vivaldi
Ensemble: Taverner Players
Conductor: Andrew Parrott
Soloists: Nancy Argenta, soprano
CD/Album: Vivaldi: Gloria, Magnificat
Record co./Cat #: Virgin Classics 59326
 
 

11:16am

Piano Quartet #1 in c, Op. 15
Composer: Gabriel Faure
Soloists: Isaac Stern, violin ; Jaime Laredo, viola ; Yo-Yo Ma, cello ; Emanuel Ax, piano
CD/Album: Faure: Piano Quartets, Opp. 15 & 45
Record co./Cat #: Sony 48066
 
 

11:52am

Sonatas & Canzons
Composer: Giovanni Gabrieli
Ensemble: Canadian Brass, with members of the New York Philharmonic & Philadelphia Orchestra
CD/Album: Gabrieli for Brass
Record co./Cat #: Philips 438392
 
 

12:05pm

Un Ballo in Maschera: Prelude to Act I ("A masked ball")
Composer: Giuseppe Verdi
Ensemble: Vienna Philharmonic
Conductor: Giuseppe Sinopoli
CD/Album: Verdi - Overtures - Sinopoli
Record co./Cat #: Philips 411469
 
 

12:12pm

Viviane (Symphonic Poem)
Composer: Ernest Chausson
Ensemble: Basler Sinfonie Orchestra
Conductor: Armin Jordan
CD/Album: Chausson: Symphony Op. 20, Viviane Op. 5
Record co./Cat #: Erato 88169
 
 

12:26pm

Gabriel's Message
Composer: Traditional (Basque)
arr. Stephen Paulus
Ensemble: Dale Warland Singers
Conductor: Dale Warland
CD/Album: Christmas with the Dale Warland Singers
Record co./Cat #: Gothic 49208
 
 

12:30pm

Three Nativity Carols: Wonder Tidings
Composer: Stephen Paulus
Ensemble: Dale Warland Singers
Conductor: Dale Warland
CD/Album: Christmas with the Dale Warland Singers
Record co./Cat #: Gothic 49208
 
 

12:35pm

Pour le Piano
Composer: Claude Debussy
Soloists: Jean-Bernard Pommier, piano
CD/Album: Debussy: Piano Works
Record co./Cat #: Virgin Classics 90847
 
 

12:50pm

Brook Green Suite
Composer: Gustav Holst
Ensemble: English Chamber Orchestra
Conductor: Steuart Bedford
CD/Album: Holst: The Perfect Fool etc.
Record co./Cat #: EMI 49784
 
 
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