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Saturday, April 1, 2017 Permalink

The River Connection

The Danube, flowing through the Wachau Valley in Austria


It’s not surprising that a composer might want to celebrate a river that has special meaning for him—whether the stream is large or small, a commercial conduit, or just a place to boat or swim.

But how do you translate a river into music? 

In this hour, we’ll explore how composers from around the world have met that challenge—from the Rhine to the Amazon, from the Mississippi to the Danube.

CD Title Group/Artist Catalog # UPC
Masters of Classical Music, Vol. 4[for Beautiful Blue Danube] Vienna Strauss Orchestra LaserLight 15 804 018111580427
Ma Vlast   [for The Moldau] Royal Liverpool Orchestra, Libor Pesek.  Virgin Classics VC7 91100-2 (was Musical Heritage Society MHS 512954A ) 5099952212925
Works for Male Chorus and Orchestra [for choral Blue Danube] Men’s Chorus of Vienna Univ. for Music & Perf. Arts; Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra, Gerhard Track.  Naxos 8.223250 4891030232501
Dragon Songs [for Yellow River Concerto] China Philharmonic Orchestra, Lang Lang Deutsche Grammophon DG 477 6229 028947762294
Forest of the Amazon Renee Fleming, Moscow Radio and Symphony Orchestra Delos DE-1037 013491103723‎
In a Summer Garden [for Summer Night On  the River] Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Vernon Handley EMI Classics for Pleasure 7243 5 75315 2 8 724357531528
The Ring Without Words [for Das Rheingold] Berlin Philharmonic, Lorin Maazel.  Telarc CD-80154 089408015427

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