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Saturday, July 16, 2016 Permalink

The Italian Connection

"Campo Vaccino," by J. M. W. Turner, completed in 1839, is his final painting of Rome.


On vacation in Italy in 1903, English composer Edward Elgar wrote a friend, “Music is in the air.  It’s everywhere--you only have to take as much of it as you need [for your inspiration].”

Indeed, for northern Europeans, Italy was not only a winter haven, but a land filled with song and dance.

In this hour, five works inspired by the music, people and scenery of Italy--by Elgar, Mendelssohn, Tchaikovsky, Berlioz, and Richard Strauss.

Title Group/Artist Catalog # UPC
Mendelssohn Symphony No. 4 London Symphony Orchestra, Abbado DGG 415 974-2 028941597427
Italy After Dark: “Bella Ragazza dalle Trecce Bionde” Carlo Buti EMI 07777800232 077778002321
Tchaikovsky: Capriccio Italien RCA Victor Symphony, Kondrashin BMG 09026-63302-2 090266330225
Berlioz: Harold en Italie Frankfurt Radio Symph, Inbal; Bashmet, viola Denon CO-73207 081757320726
Elgar Overtures: In the South Scottish National Orchestra, Gibson Chandos CHAN 8309 095115830925
At His Best: “Faniculi, Fanicula” Mario Lanza BMG 09026-68130-2 828767162522
Strauss: Aus Italien: . “Neapolitanisches Volksleen” Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra, Kosler Naxos 8.550342 4891030503427

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