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Saturday, December 27, 2014 Permalink

The Winter Connection

Winter in New York City's Central Park


The opening of Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 1, “Winter Daydreams,” skillfully suggests the coldest season of the year, when days are shortest and nights are longest. 

But winter is not without its charms.

Snow and ice have their own beauty, and the season often brings exceptionally clear weather, particularly at night.

It also brings people indoors, to sit by a warm fire, or to visit with family and friends.

In this hour, winter-inspired music by Vivaldi, Mozart, Tchaikovsky, Delius, Prokofiev, and more.


CD Title Group/Artist Catalog # UPC
Tchaikovsky Sym. No. 1 Oslo Philharmonic Chandos 8402     095115840221
The Four Seasons                Venice Baroque Orch. Sony SK 51352 5099705135228
Mozart German Dances Academy of St. Martin in the Fields MHS 513760X    717794376029
Haydn: The Seasons Royal Philharmonic Orch. EMI 86118 724358611843
On Hearing First Cuckoo in Spring  Royal Scottish National Orchestra Naxos 8.557143 747313214327
Sleeping Beauty/The Seasons CSR Symphony Orch. Naxos 8.550079 7300099507929
Debussy Complete Works for Piano, v. 3 Bavouzet Chandos  CHAN 10467 095115146729
Prokofiev Classical Symphony, etc. Orchestre National de France Sony MK 39557 07464395572
Bax: Winter Legends London Philharmonic Chandos CHAN 8484 095115848425
Thompson: Testament of Freedom Minnesota Chamber Orchestra Koch 3-7283-2 H1 099923728320
Reflections Philharmonia a Vent Klavier KCD-11166 019688116620 

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