Connections

Hosted By Stephen Peithman

Exploring the often surprising links between concepts, themes and people in classical music, from medieval to modern

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Saturday, 4 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Rebroadcast Sunday, 2 p.m. – 3 p.m.
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Saturday, October 24, 2015 Permalink

The Wordless Connection

Composers often use wordless vocals in orchestral works to suggest magic or other-worldliness.

 

You might call them the “Wizards of Ahhhs”—composers who use wordless vocals along with instruments of the orchestra for an effect that can be soothing, sensual or unsettling—and sometimes all three.

In this hour, prime examples by Tchaikovsky, Debussy, Ravel, Nielsen, Holst, Vaughan Williams, and more.

 

FEATURED RECORDINGS 
CD Title Group/Artist Catalog # UPC
Debussy Orchestral Music Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Bernard Haitink Philips 438 742-2 028943874229
Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, Leonard Slatkin RCA Red Seal RCD2-7005 078635700527
Nielsen: Symphonies, Nos. 1-3 San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, Herbert Blomstedt Decca 2DF2460-985 00028946098523
Ravel: Daphnis et Chloë London Symphony Orchestra and Chorus of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden,, Pierre Monteux Decca 475 7525 028947575252 
Holst:  The Planets Scottish National Orchestra & Chorus, Alexander Gibson Chandos CHAN 8302 095115663325
Vaughan Williams: Sinfonia Antartica  London Symphony Orchestra, André Previn RCA 6781-2-RG 07863567812
Ridout: Cello Concertos Gerard Leclerc (cello) and Laudibus Black Box BBM1037 680125103727

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