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Saturday, May 30, 2015 Permalink

The Part-Time Connection


Charles Ives worked most of his life as an insurance company executive. 

Alexander Borodin was a highly-respected chemist.

And Henry VIII—well, you know all about him—or do you?

Because, like the others, he was a part-time composer.

In this hour, you’ll hear how each of them (and several others) managed to turn out some pretty impressive music in their spare time.


CD Title Group/Artist Catalog # UPC
Symphony No. 2, etc. [for Polovstian Dances] Royal Stockholm Philharmonic,  Gennady Rozhdestvensky CHAN 9386 09115938621
All Goodly Sports [for Henry VIII:  “Green Groweth the Holly” and “Helas, Madame” ]  Sirinu Chandos CHAN 0621 095115062128
Calliope: Dances [for Henry VIII:  “Tander Naken”] Calliope Nonesuch 79039 0075597903928
Wassenaer: Concerti Armonici Brandenburg Consort, Roy Goodman Helios CDH55155 034571151557
Russian Overtures & Orchestral Works [for Mussorgsky Khovanshchina Prelude] Russian National Orchestra, Mikhail Pletnev Newton Classics 8802037 8718247710379
“From Greenland's Icy Mountains” [1909 archival recording] Edison Mixed Quartet - Public Domain
Charles Ives: The String Quartets Blair String Quartet Naxos 8.559178 636943917824
Hanson Conducts Moore, Carpenter, Rogers and Phillips [for Carpenter: Adventures in a Perambulator] Eastman-Rochester Orchestra Howard Hanson Mercury Living Presence 434 319-2 028943431927

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