Thursday, March 26, 2009

Afternoon Classics, Thursday, March 26, 2009

We have a Franco-American mixture today, and that's not pasta! Our two major composers today are Ferde Grofe and Vincent d'Indy. We will start with the musical scenery of Grofe and then move to the music of d'Indy.
Grofe: The Mississippi Suite, Howard Hanson and the Eastman-Rochester Orchestra.
The Death Valley Suite, the composer conducting the Columbia Symphony Orchestra. (I found this on a quite ancient LP, a bit scratchy but still playable.)
Milhaud: a bit of an entr'act with a nifty little Sonatine, Op. 76, Emily Beynon - flute and Andrew West - piano.
Grofe: The Grand Canyon Suite, Howard Hanson and the Eastman-Rochester Orchestra.
Bartok: Contrasts this is the historic recording with Bartok himself at the piano, Joseph Szigeti, the dedicatee, on the violin and Benny Goodman on clarinet.
Durey: another Sontanine, Op. 25 here but still with Beynon and West performing.
d'Indy: String Quartet No. 1 in D, Op. 35, the Chilingirian Quartet.
Stravinsky: Symphonies of Winds, Northwest German Radio Orchestra under Stravinsky's baton.
d'Indy: Symphony No. 2 in B flat, Op. 57, Michel Plasson conducting the Orchestre du Capitole de Toulouse.
Stravinsky: Ebony Concerto, a later recording with Benny Goodman and the Columbia Jazz Ensemble. The man who commissioned it - Woody Hermann - only performed it once.

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