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Saturday, September 20, 2014 Permalink

The Forest Connection

The Forest -- beautiful, silent, mysterious...


For centuries, it was a familiar presence—outwardly calm and tranquil, yet firmly marking the boundary of human authority. As such, it could be a place of refuge or danger.

In this hour, the forest in music by Wagner, Mahler, Strauss, Debussy, Orff, Britten, and more.

CD Title Group/Artist Catalog # UPC
Wagner: The Ring Without Words [for Forest Murmurs opening] Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Lorin Maazel Telarc CD-80154 089408015427
Strauss: Waltzes & Polkas [for Tales of the Vienna Woods] Johann Strauss Orchestra of Vienna, Willi Boskowski EMI Classics 5 74528 2 724357452823
Orff: Carmina Burana Berlin Philharmonic & Chorus, Simon Rattle  EMIClassics 5 57888 2 724355788825
Wagner: Der Ring Des Nibelungen: Great Scenes [for “Forest Murmurs,” complete]  Wolfgang Windgassen, Vienna Philharmonic, Georg Solti London/Decca 289 458 210-2 028945821023
Mahler: Symphony No. 1 Chicago Symphony, Claudio Abbado Deutsche Grammophon 400033-2 3259140003328
Chadwick, MacDowell [for Suite:Forest Spirits] Eastman-Rochester Orchestra, Howard Hanson Mercury Living Presence 434337 028943433723
Britten: A Midsummer Night’s Dream [for “The Wood”] City of London Sinfonia, Richard Hickox EMI Classics 40621 5099964062129
Debussy: Pelleas et Melisande Suite Berlin Philharmonic, Claudio Abbado Deutsche Grammophon 289 471 332-2 028947133223
Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker Saint Louis Symphony, Leonard Slatkin RCA Red Seal RCD2-7005 078635700527
Strauss: Eine Alpensinfonie  London Symphony Orchestra, Bernard Haitink LSO Live LSO0689 822231168928

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