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Saturday, April 8, 2017 Permalink

The Prelude Connection

Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun, a 2007 re-creation of the original ballet, by the Maris Liepa Charitable Foundation.


It began as a kind of warm-up exercise—as a way for musicians to get their fingers limbered up, and their instrument in tune—and in some cases, pave the way for a rousing chorale in church.

But, as is so often the case, composers soon took it in completely new directions, and its original purpose gave way to a steady stream of standalone solo and orchestral works—most of them quite different from one another.

In this hour, the prelude—from Bach to Chopin, from Liszt to Debussy, to Gershwin.


CD Title Group/Artist Catalog # UPC
Debussy Prélude À L'Après-Midi D'Un Faune Cleveland Orchestra, Pierre Boulez Deutsche Gram-mophon, 435 766-2 028943576628
Praetorius: Christmette [for prelude & chorale] Gabrieli Consort & Players, Paul McCreesh Archiv Produktion 439 931-2 0028943993128
The Bacheler's Delight  [for Daniel Bacheler: Prelude] Paul O’Dette Harmonia Mundi HMU 907389 093046738921
Bach: Well Tempered Clavier [for Prelude in C major & Prelude in F minor] Angela Hewitt Hyperion CDS44291 034571142913
Angela Hewitt plays Bach [for Little Prelude in F] Angela Hewitt Hyperion CDS44421 034571144214
Chopin: 24 Preludes Ivan Moravec Supraphon SU 3165-2 099925316525
Chopin: 24 Preludes Grigory Sokolov Opus 111 OP30336 709861303366
Liszt Les Préludes, etc. Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Kurt Masur EMI Classics 5756242 724357562423
Rachmaninoff: 24 Preludes Steven Osborne Hyperion CDA30015 034571300153
Gershwin: Piano Music [for Three Preludes] William Bolcom Elektra/Nonesuch E2 79151 075597915129
Symphony No. 1, etc. London Philharmonic Orchestra, Peter Boyer 8.559769 636943976920

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