Saturday, March 17, 2012

Afternoon Classics, March 16, 2012

Hosted by Larry West

At the suggestion of a listener and coinciding with a recent series of talks in Juneau by mental health advocate Pete Earley, which were sponsored by the Juneau chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Health, this program featured some of classical music's best-known composers who are known to have experienced various mental health problems. Regardless of whether these composers wrote extraordinary music because of or in spite of their mental health issues, they have enriched our world beyond measure.

Composers' names and Rachmaninov's Symphony No. 1 are linked to resources that provide more information about their lives. In addition, the following article offers insight on the connections between mental illness and creativity.

Jamie James, The New York Times, August 7, 1994 

Gaetano Donizetti, Allegro in C ()
Rossini Ensemble of Budapest, András Kiss
Naxos 2003

Sergei Rachmaninov, Powder and Paint: “You, my fairness, my rosy cheeks fall off my pale face” ()
Elisabeth Söderström, soprano; Vladimir Ashkenazy, piano
Decca 2011

Hector Berlioz, Rêverie et Caprice for violin and orchestra, Op. 8
San Diego Symphony Orchestra, Yoav Talmi; Igor Gruppman, violin
Naxos 1997

Sergei Rachmaninov, SymphonyNo. 1 in d, Op. 13 (1897, manuscript lost, but reconstructed from piano reductions and orchestral fragments in 1948)
St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Mariss Jansons
EMI Classics 1999

Robert Schumann, Canon in b, Op. 56, No. 5 (1845)
Michael Murray, organ of Salisbury Cathedral, England
Telarc 1990

Ludwig van Beethoven, String Quartet in F, Op. 135 (1827)
Cypress String Quartet
CSQ 2012

Anton Bruckner, 5 Motets (1869-84)
The Monteverdi Choir, John Eliot Gardiner; Julian Podger, tenor; Ian Watson, organ
Deutsche Grammophon 2001

Hugo Wolf, 4 Goethe-Lieder (1880, orch. 1893)
Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Riccardo Chailly; Matthias Goerne, baritone
Decca 1999

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Romeo and Juliet Overture-Fantasy (1869)
Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Paavo Järvi
Telarc 2007

Next week: Prokofiev, John Adams, Rautavaara and much more!

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