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Saturday, February 6, 2016 Permalink

The Carnival Connection

"Carnival Combat," by Pieter Bruegel the Elder (16th century)


In America, we know it as Mardi Gras, but in much of the world it's called Carnival.

Whatever the name, it’s an opportunity to celebrate before Lent--that time in the traditional Christian calendar when the faithful are to abstain from the pleasures of life.

Which is why Carnival typically involves a public festival, combining elements of a circus, masked ball and street party.

In this hour, carnival-inspired music from the Renaissance to the modern era, including works by Berlioz, Schumann, Dvorak, Saint-Saens, and Stravinsky.

Title Group/Artist Catalog # UPC
Cornet Favorites Gerard Schwarz, cornetWilliam Bolcom, piano Nonesuch 79157-2 Nonesuch 603497106264
Berlioz Complete Orchestral Works London Symphony Orchestra, Colin Davis.  Philips 456 143-2 0028945614328
Rossini: Choral Music [I gondolieri: Chor- und Ensemblemusik] Stuttgart Sudfunkchor Carus 83.127 4009350831278
Food, Wine & Song Orlando Consort Harmonia Mundi HMU 907313 093046731427
Schumann  Carnaval, etc. Marc-Andre Hamelin Hyperion CDA67120 034571171203
Dvorak Symphonies  London Symphony Orchestra, Istvan Kertesz London (Decca) 430 046-2 028943004626
Stravinsky Pétrouchka Philharmonia Orchestra, Eliahu Inbal Teldec 2292-46327-2 022924632732
Milhaud, Carnival d’Aix, etc. Jack Gibbons, New London Orchestra, Ronald Corp Hyperion CDA66594 34571165943
Peter and the Wolf/Carnival of the Animals  Czechoslovak Radio Symphony Orchestra, Ondrej Lenard Naxos  8.550335 730099533522

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