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Saturday, April 25, 2015 Permalink

The Spring Connection


“Now the woods put forth their blossoms, and the year puts on its bright attire.” 

So wrote the Roman poet, Virgil, some 2000 years ago.

In other words--as one humorist put it more recently--“Spring is nature's way of saying, ‘Let's party!’” 

In this hour, a celebration of the season with music of Morley, Vivaldi, Schumann, Debussy, Sibelius, Orff,  and Strauss.


CD Title Group/Artist Catalog # UPC
The Four Seasons                Venice Baroque Orch. Sony SK 51352 5099705135228
Sibelius [for Spring Song] Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra DGG 289 457 654-2 028945765426
Schumann Complete Symphonies [For Symphony No. 1 "Spring"] Revolutionary and Romantic Orchestra Archiv 289 457 591-2 028945759128
A Distant Mirror [for Morley "It Was a Lover and His Lass"] Folger Consort Delos  DE1003 0013491100326
Berlioz Romeo et Juliette, etc. [for Les Nuits d’Ete "Villanelle"] Baker, New Philharmonia Orchestra EMI Classics 72640 724357264020
Carmina Burana [for "Ecce Gratum"] Derwinger, Pontinen BIS 5179739 71779479732
New Year’s Concert [for Strauss "Voices of Spring"] Battle, Vienna Philharmonic DGG 419 616-2 028941961624
Songs Without Words [for "Spring Song"] Barenboim DGG 437 470-2 0028945306124
Debussy Orchestral Music [for "Round Dances of Spring"] Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Philips 438 742-2 028943874229
Finzi Clarinet Concerto, etc. [for program's opening music] Stoltzman, Guildhall String Ensemble RCA 60437  090266043729

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