The River Connection


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Music about rivers, from the Rhine to the Amazon, from the Mississippi to the Danube.

 

It’s not surprising that a composer might want to celebrate a river that has special meaning for him--whether the stream is large or small, a commercial conduit, or just a place to boat or swim.

But how do you translate a river into music? 

In this hour, we’ll explore how composers from around the world have met that challenge—from the Rhine to the Amazon, from the Mississippi to the Danube.


Play List

4:00p
4:00p
Strauss: The Blue Danube ; Label: Cobra Entertainment LLC; Number: 15 804 FindBUY FindBUY
4:01p
Smetana: Vltava B111 (1874):- Má vlast ; Libor Pesek, conductor; Label: Virgin Classics; Number: VC791100-2 FindBUY FindBUY
4:14p
Strauss: An Der Schonen, Blauen Donau, Waltzer, Op. 314 - Slovak Radio Symphony Orch.; Gerhard Track, conductor; Label: Marco Polo / Naxos; Number: 8.223250 FindBUY FindBUY
4:22p
anonymous, based on cantata by Xian Xinghai: Prelude - China Philharmonic Orch.; Label: Deutsche Grammophon; Number: DG 477 6229 FindBUY FindBUY
4:25p
anonymous, based on cantata by Xian Xinghai: Ode to the Yellow River - China Philharmonic Orch.; Label: Deutsche Grammophon; Number: DG 477 6229 FindBUY FindBUY
4:29p
Strauss: The Blue Danube ; Label: Cobra Entertainment LLC; Number: 15 804 FindBUY FindBUY
4:31p
Villa-Lobos: Sails - Moscow Radio and Symphony Orch.; Renee Fleming; Label: Delos Records; Number: 1037 FindBUY FindBUY
4:36p
Delius: Summer Night On The River - London Philharmonic Orchestra - London Philharmonic; Handley, conductor; Label: Class. for Pleas. Us; Number: 724357531528 FindBUY FindBUY
4:43p
Wagner: Thus, We Begin In The 'Greenish Twilight' Of The Rhine - Berlin Philharmonic; Maazel, conductor; Label: Telarc; Number: CD-80154 FindBUY FindBUY
4:49p
Virgil Thomson: The Old South, 1st mvmt of The River - Symphony of the Air; Leopold Stokowski, conductor; Label: Vanguard; Number: VBD-385 FindBUY FindBUY