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The Flower Connection


"The flower,” writes French author Jean Giraudoux, “is an example of the eternal seductiveness of life."'

Perhaps that’s why so many composers have found inspiration in blooms and blossoms.

As a case in point, in this hour, examples by Monteverdi, Strauss, Tchaikovsky, Mahler, Puccini,  Prokofiev, and more.

 

RECORDINGS USED

CD Title

Group/Artist

Catalog #

UPC

Arie e Duette [for instrumental ‘O Rosetta’]

Lautten Compagney

Capriccio C10470

4006408104704

Rapture [for Lakme Flower Duet]

Sutherland & Berbie, Orchestra of the Monte Carlo Opera, Bonynge

Deutsche Grammophon 289 471 717-2

028947171720

Viva Rey Ferrando, [for “Dindiridin”]

Hèsperion XX

Virgin Classics A61222

724356122222

American Orchestral Song [for Griffes’ “So-Fei Gathering Flowers”]

 

Patrick Mason ; Odense Symphony, Paul Mann

Bridge 9254

090404925429

Quartet Movements [for Puccini’s “Crisantemi”]

Signum Quartet

Capriccio C5064

845221050645

Musical Fantasies of Charles Griffes & Deems Taylor [for Taylor’s “Garden of Live Flowers”]

 

Seattle Symphony Orchestra, Gerard Schwarz

Delos DE 3099

013491309927

The Nutcracker [for “Waltz Of The Flowers”]

Saint Louis Symphony, Leonard Slatkin

RCA Red Seal RCD2-7005

078635700527

Aria [for instrumental Lakme Flower Duet]

Eugenia Zukerman, Dennis Helmrich, Allan Vogel

Delos DE3209

013491320922

Mahler Symphony 3

London Symphony Orchestra, Jascha Horenstein

 

Unicorn-Kanchana UKCD2006/07

5016908200621

Johann, Josef & Eduard Strauss: Valses & Polkas [for Roses from the South]

Johann Strauss Orchestra of Vienna, Willi Boskovsky

EMI Classics 5 74528 2

724357452823

Monteverdi: Scherzi Musicali [for “O Rosetta”]

Hugues Cuenod, Charles Bressler, and Louis-Jacques Rondeleux

Project 3 PR7001SD [vinyl]

[none]

Metcalf: In Time of Daffodils

Jeremy Huw Williams; BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Grant Llewellyn

Signum SIGCD103

635212010327

Prokofiev: The Stone Flower

Gianandrea Noseda led BBC Philharmonic, Gianandrea Noseda

Chandos 10058(2)

095115105825

 
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