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Saturday, March 1, 2014 Permalink

The Carnival Connection

A Renaissance Carnival scene

 

In America, we know it as Mardi Gras, but in much of the world it's called Carnival.

Whatever the name, it’s an opportunity to celebrate before Lent -- that time in the traditional Christian calendar when the faithful are to abstain from the pleasures of life.

Which is why Carnival typically involves a public festival, combining elements of a circus, masked ball and street party.

In this carnival-inspired music from the Renaissance to the modern era, including works by Berlioz, Schumann, Dvorak, Saint-Saens, and Stravinsky.

 

RECORDINGS USED

CD Title

Group/Artist

Catalog #

UPC

Cornet Favorites

Gerard Schwarz, cornet

William Bolcom, piano

Nonesuch 79157-2

Nonesuch 603497106264

Berlioz Complete Orchestral Works

London Symphony Orchestra, Colin Davis.

 

Philips 456 143-2

0028945614328

Rossini: Choral Music [I gondolieri: Chor- und Ensemblemusik]

Stuttgart Sudfunkchor

Carus 83.127

4009350831278

Food, Wine & Song

Orlando Consort

Harmonia Mundi HMU 907313

093046731427

Schumann  Carnaval, etc.

Marc-Andre Hamelin

Hyperion CDA67120

034571171203

Dvorak Symphonies

 

London Symphony Orchestra, Istvan Kertesz

London (Decca) 430 046-2

028943004626

Stravinsky Pétrouchka

Philharmonia Orchestra, Eliahu Inbal

Teldec 2292-46327-2

022924632732

Milhaud, Carnival d’Aix, etc.

Jack Gibbons, New London Orchestra, Ronald Corp

Hyperion CDA66594

34571165943

Peter and the Wolf/Carnival of the Animals

 

Czechoslovak Radio Symphony Orchestra, Ondrej Lenard

Naxos  8.550335

730099533522