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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

Contemporary Music 1945-1980

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Post-war music has seen a wealth of innovations—many of then strikingly original, some exceedingly complex. This illuminating appraisal features illustrations from the music of such composers as Stockhausen and Peter Maxwell Davies. Hosted by Hugh Wood, composer, lecturer, and Fellow of Churchill College, Cambridge.

PART ONE:

Reaction and Revolution: The Modern Period 1900-1945

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From Wagner to Schoenberg, this enlightening discussion focuses on the change in musical language around 1900. You will also hear some of the less radical elements of twentieth century music, finishing with the place of jazz in the period. Hosted by Dr. Wilfrid Mellers, composer, author, and formerly Professor of Music at the University of York.

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

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

Tchaikovsky

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Track Listing:

       Selections from The Nutcracker, Op. 71
1.   Russian Dance 1'07
2.   Chinese Dance 1'00
3.   Dance of the Reed Flutes 2'07
4.   Arabian Dance 3'01
5.   Waltz of the Flowers 6'56
       Philharmonia Orchestra/Michael Tilson Thomas

Bach

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Track Listing:

1.   "Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring" 3'10
       from Cantata No. 147, Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben
       Mormon Tabernacle Choir

       (Richard P. Condie, Director)
        Philadelphia Orchestra/Eugene Ormandy

       The Anna Magdalena Notebook, And. 114
2.    Minuet 1'35
       (arr. Thomas Frost)
       Philadelphia Orchestra/Eugene Ormandy

Mozart

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Track Listing:

1.   The Marriage of Figaro Overture, K. 492 4'43
       Tafelmusik/Bruno Weil

2.   Theme from Elvira Madigan (Andante) 6'39
       from Piano Concerto No. 21 in C Major, K. 467
       Murray Perahia, Pianist & Conductor
       Chamber Orchestra of Europe

       Piano Sonata in C Major, K. 545 ("Sonata facile")
3.   I. Allegro 1'49
       Glenn Gould, Piano

Ravel

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Track listing:

1.   Bolero 15'24
       London Symphony Orchestra/Michael Tilson Thomas

2.   Pavane for a Dead Princess 5'45
       Philadelphia Orchestra/Eugene Ormandy

3.   Alborada del gracioso 8'40
       Orchestre National de France/Lorin Maazel

4.   "Feria" from Rapsodie espagnole 6'41
       London Symphony Orchestra/Michael Tilson Thomas

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