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Saturday, July 1, 2017 Permalink

The Railroad Connection

Train on Scotland's Firth of Forth Bridge (1952)


As important as they are, airplanes and automobiles have never loomed as large in classical music as have trains and railways

And what a variety of works they’ve inspired!

In this hour, a choral salute by Hector Berlioz, a polka by Johann Strauss Jr., and a trip through the Brazilian countryside by Heitor Villa-Lobos, plus works by Rossini, Grainger, Reich, Honegger, and more.


CD Title Group/Artist Catalog # UPC
Prokofiev: Music for Children New London Orchestra, Ronald Corp Helios CDH55177 034571151779
New Year’s Concert from Vienna Vienna Philharmonic, Herbert von Karajan Deutsche Gramophone  419616-2 028941961624
Railroad Rhythms SWR Radio Orchestra, Jiri Starek Hanssler Classics HAN 93187 4010276018988
Alkan: The Railway and Other Works Laurent Martin Naxos 8.553434 730099443425
La Revolution Grecque Orchestra of the Capitol of Toulouse, Michel Plasso EMI Classics 7243 5 57499 2 5 724355749925
Rossini Complete Piano edition, vol. 4 Marco Sollini Naxos 8.553434 730099443425
Grainger: In a Nutshell Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Simon Rattle EMI Classics CD 56412 724355641229
D’Indy: Orchestral Works, Volume 4 Iceland Symphony Orchestra, Rumon Gamba. Chandos CHAN 10660 095115166024
Music of Latin American Masters Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra, Eduardo Mata Telarc CD-80393 089408039324
Reich Different Trains London Steve Reich Ensemble, Kevin Griffith EMI Classics50999 0873192 0 5099908731920
Daugherty:  Metropolis Symphony Nashville Symphony, Terrence Wilson, Giancarlo Guerrero Naxos 8.559635 636943963524
Honegger: Symphonies 1-5 Orchestra of the Capital of Toulouse, Michel Plasson EMI Classics85516 724358551624

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