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Great Performances Aaron Copland

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APPALACHIAN SPRING
1.   Very Slowly (2:42)
2.   Allegro (2:42)
3.   Moderato (3:52)
4.   Fast (3:35)
5.   Subito allegro (3:44)
6.   As at first (Slowly) (1:15)
7. Doppio movimento (Shaker melody "The Gift to be SImple") (6:46)
8.   FANFARE FOR THE COMMON MAN (2:01)
9.   EL SALON MEXICO (10:56)
10. DANZON CUBANO (6:46)

Leonard Bernstein - New York Philharmonic

Great Performances George Gershwin

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1.   Rhapsody in Blue (16:26)
       Columbia Symphony Orchestra
       Leonard Bernstein, Piano

2.   An American in Paris (18:22)
       New York Philharmonic

"A Pearl Distorted": The Baroque Period 1600-1750

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The complex period known as Baroque embraced many different types of music and covered a large geographic area. An examination of opera, considered the great dramatic spectacle of Baroque entertainment, is also included. Hosted by Michael Oliver of the BBC Radio program Music Weekly; and Christopher Hogwood, Musicologist, broadcaster, and Director of the Academy of Ancient Music.

PART ONE:

Sonata and the Creative Ideal: The Classical Period 1750-1830

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The principle and importance of classical Sonata Form is aided with keyboard examples on an eighteenth-century traveling square piano. We move to Vienna for a discussion of opera and the reforms of Gluck, before looking ahead to the Romantic period through the music of Schubert and Weber. Hosted by Alan Hacker, lecturer of Music at the University of York. The recordings are performed by Peter Wilson, Associate Director of London's Lyric Theatre Hammersmith.

PART ONE:

Rachmaninoff

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1. Vocalise, Op. 34, No. 14 (6'08)
     Tchaikovsky Chamber Orchestra/Lazar Gosman

2. Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18
     III. Allegro scherzando
(11'40)
     Yefim Bronfman, Piano
     Philharmonia Orchestra/Esa-Pekka Salonen

3. Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 43
     18th Variation
(2'40)
     Vladimir Feltsman, Piano
     Israel Philharmonic/Zubin Mehta

Brahms

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1. Hungarian Dance No. 5 (2'49)
     Tonhalle-Orchester Zurich/Christoph Eschenbach

2. Lullaby, Op. 49, No 4 (2'32)
     Columbia Symphony Orchestra/Andre Kostelanetz

3. Academic Festival Overture, Op. 80 (10'32)
     London Symphony Orchestra/Michael Tilson Thomas

Beethoven

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     Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67
1. I. Allegro con brio (8'35)
     New York Philharmonic/Leonard Bernstein

2. Minuet in G Major, WoO 10, No. 2 (2'58)
     (arr. Thomas Frost)
     Philadelphia Orchestra/Eugene Ormandy

3. Fur Elise (3'26)
     (Bagatelle in A minor, WoO 59)
     (arr. William Smith)
     Philadelphia Orchestra/William Smith

Chopin

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1. Polonaise in A Major, Op. 40, No. 1 "Military" (5'36)
     Philippe Entremont, Piano

2. Waltz in D-flat Major, Op. 64, No. 1 "Minute" (1'40)
     Hiroko Nakamura, Piano

3. Mazurka in C Major, Op. 24, No. 2 (1'59)
     Emanuel Ax, Piano

4. Waltz in C-sharp minor, Op. 64, No. 2 (3'16)
     Alexander Barilowsky, Piano

Schubert

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       Symphony No. 8 in B minor "Unfinished"
1.   Allegro moderato (13'50)
       New York Philharmonic/Leonard Bernstein

2.   marche militaire, Op. 51, No. 1 (4'07)
       Cleveland Pops Orchestra/Louis Lane

3.   Ave Maria (5'49)
       (arr. Arthur Harris)
       Isaac Stern, Violin
       Columbia Symphony Orchestra/Milton Katims

Verdi

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1.   "Grand March" from Aida 7'11
       Metropolitan Opera Orchestra & Chorus/James Levine

2.   "La donna e mobile" from Rigoletto 2'10
       Luciano Pavarotti, Tenor
       Symphony Orchestra of Emilia Romagna "ARTURO TOSCANINI" /
       Emerson Buckley

Wagner

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       Die Meistersinger
1.   Prelude to Act I 9'33
       Cleveland Orchestra/George Szell

       Lohengrin
2.   Bridal Chorus 4'48
       Chor der Bayreuther Festspiele
       (Norbert Balatsch, Director)
       Orchester der Bayreuther Festspiele/Woldemar Nelsson

Vivaldi

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       Concerto for Lute (Guitar), 2 Violins & Basso continuo in D Major, RV 93
1.   I. Allegro glusto 3'45
2.   II. Largo 4'29
3.   III. Allegro 2'05
       John Williams, Guitar
       Franz Liszt Chamber Orchestra/Janos Rolla

       Flute Concerto in D Major "Il Gardellino," RV 428
4.   I. Allegro 3'54
       Jean-Pierre Rampal, Flute
       I Solisti Veneti/Claudio Scimone

Strauss

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       Johann Strauss, Jr.
1.   The Blue Danube Waltz, Op. 314 9'45
       Cleveland Orchestra/George Szell

2.   Perpetuum mobile, A Musical Joke, Op. 257 2'57
       New York Philharmonic/Leonardo Bernstein

3.   Voices of Spring, Waltz, Op. 410 5'49
       Cleveland Orchestra/George Szell

4.   Die Fledermaus Overture 8'27
       London Symphony Orchestra/Harry Rabinowitz

Grieg

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       Peer GyntSuite No. 1
1.   I. Morning Mood 4'17
2.   II. Ase's Death 5'44
3.   III. Anitra's Dance 3'18
4.   IV. In the Hall of the Mountain King+ 2'32
       +Oslo Philharmonic Chorus
       (Terje Kram, Chorus Master)
       Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra/Esa-Pekka Salonen

Copeland

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Tracks included are:

1.   Fanfare for the Common Man 3'16
       London Symphony Orchestra/Aaron Copeland

2.   El Salon Mexico 11'26
       New Philharmonia Orchestra/Aaron Copeland

3.   "Simple Gifts" 5'37
       from Appalachian Spring
       Boston Pops Orchestra/John Williams

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