On vacation in Italy in 1903, English composer Edward Elgar wrote a friend, “Music is in the air. It’s everywhere--you only have to take as much of it as you need [for your inspiration].”
Indeed, for northern Europeans, Italy was not only a winter haven, but a land filled with song and dance.
In this hour, five works inspired by the music, people and scenery of Italy--by Elgar, Mendelssohn, Tchaikovsky, Berlioz, and Richard Strauss.
|Mendelssohn Symphony No. 4||London Symphony Orchestra, Abbado||DGG 415 974-2||028941597427|
|Italy After Dark: “Bella Ragazza dalle Trecce Bionde”||Carlo Buti||EMI 07777800232||077778002321|
|Tchaikovsky: Capriccio Italien||RCA Victor Symphony, Kondrashin||BMG 09026-63302-2||090266330225|
|Berlioz: Harold en Italie||Frankfurt Radio Symph, Inbal; Bashmet, viola||Denon CO-73207||081757320726|
|Elgar Overtures: In the South||Scottish National Orchestra, Gibson||Chandos CHAN 8309||095115830925|
|At His Best: “Faniculi, Fanicula”||Mario Lanza||BMG 09026-68130-2||828767162522|
|Strauss: Aus Italien: . “Neapolitanisches Volksleen”||Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra, Kosler||Naxos 8.550342||4891030503427|