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Saturday, June 27, 2015 Permalink

The Scherzo Connection

"Symphony No 2 Scherzo," painting by Caroline Tate [ctate.brinkster.net]

 

Allegro, adagio, presto…. Composers often give movements an Italian name that indicates how fast— or slow—they should be played.

But there is an exception—the scherzo—an Italian word that means “jest” or “joke.”

In this hour, a look at how the scherzo came to be——and what it unexpectedly became.

FEATURED RECORDINGS
CD Title
Group/Artist
Catalog #
UPC
Masterpieces in Miniature [for Litolf]
San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, Michael Tilson Thomas
SFS Media 821936-0060-2
821936006023
 
 
Haydn: Complete String Quartets
Angeles String Quartet
Philips 464 650-2
028946465028
Haydn:  Symphonies Nos. 40-54
Austrian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Adam Fischer
Nimbus NI 5530/4
710357553028
Beethoven: 9 Symphonies [for Sympony No. 3 “Eroica”]
Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Nikolaus Harnoncourt
Teldec 2292-46452-2
02292464522
Chopin: 4 Scherzi,
Maurizio Pollini
Deutsche Grammophon 431623
028943162326
Mendelssohn: A Midsummer Night’s Dream
London Symphony Orchestra, Andre Previn
EMI Classics CDC 7471632
00724357498128
Tchaikovsky: Complete Symphonies
New York Philharmonic, Leonard Bernstein
Sony SM5K87987
5099708798727
Dvorak: Symphonies [for Scherzo Capriccioso]
London Symphony Orchestra, Istvan Kertesz
London (Decca) 430 046-2
028943004626
Stravinsky: Shadow Dances [for Scherzo a la Russe]
 
Orpheus Chamber Ensemble
Deutsche Grammophon 453 458-2
028945345826
Metcalf: Paths of Song [for Septet]
Solstice Quartet, Eleanor,  Philippa Davies, David Campbell
Signum Classics SIGCD203
635212020326

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