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Saturday, July 15, 2017 Permalink

The Arthurian Connection

The Last Sleep of Arthur, by Edward Burne-Jones


Whether he is an historical figure or merely one of legend is still hotly debated. 

But there’s no argument about the impact of his story on art, literature—and music.

In this hour, the story of King Arthur, Guinevere, and the Knights of the Round Table, in works by Purcell, Wagner, MacDowell, Albéniz, Bax, and more.


CD Title Group/Artist Catalog # UPC
Spellbound: The Classic Film Scores of Miklos Rozsa [for Knights of the Round Table: Scherzo – Hawks in Flight used to open show and in promo]  National Philharmonic Orchestra, Charles Gerhardt RCA Red Seal / Sony Music 88697812692 88697812692
Purcell Overtures Bornemooth Sinfonietta, Ronald Thomas Chandos CHAN 8424 501468284226
Boismortier: Don Quichotte chez la Duchesse Le Concert Spirituel, Herve Niquet Naxos 8.553647 7300994647277
Wagner: Lohengrin Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra , Daniel Barenboim Teldec 744482 090317444826
Wagner: Preludes and Overtures [for Parsifal’s Good Friday Music] London Symphony Orchestra, Antal Dorati Mercury Living Presence 434 342-2 028943434225
MacDowell: Symphonic Poems [for Lancelot and Elaine] Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Karl Krueger Bridge 9089 090404908927
Chausson: Le roi Arthus (King Arthur) BBC Symphony Orchestra,  Andrew Schroeder, Telarc 80645 089408064524
Albeniz: Merlin Orquesta Sinfónica de Madrid,  José de Eusebio Decca 467 096-2  028946709627
Bax: Orchestral Works Vol. 3 [for Tintagel] Ulster Orchestra, Bryden Thomson Chandos CHAN XX10156 095115115626
Britten: The World of the Spirit [for King Arthur Suite] BBC Philharmonic, Richard Hickox Chandos CHAN 9487 095115948729
Brusa: Symphony No. 1 & Merlin Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Daniele Rustioni Naxos 8.573437 747313343775

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