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Saturday, September 9, 2017 Permalink

The Fish Connection

Brown trout by Timothy Knepp, created for the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service


Sometimes they lie in plain sight, sometimes not—in music as in real life.

In this hour, a fishing expedition for underwater life in works by Schubert, Saint-Saens, Debussy, Mahler, and more.

Each composer brings a different perspective. Sometimes it’s the color or the movement of fish that inspires, or the sport of fishing--trying to lure and outwit the wily creatures. Whatever the reason, fish appear in a surprising number of classical works. 



Title Group/Artist Catalog # UPC
Prokofiev: Peter & the Wolf; Saint-Saëns: Carnival of the Animals Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra, Ondrej Lenard Naxos 8.550335  730099533522
Franz Schubert – Lieder Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau; Gerald Moore EMI Classics 7243 5 74638 2 9 724357463829
Schubert - String Quintet in A major "The Trout” Hagen Quartet; Andras Schiff Decca 458608 028941197528
Couperin: Les 4 Livres de Pièces de Clavecin (Livre No. 4, 22e Ordre: No. 3, L'Anguille) Pierre Etcheverry Amazon download ASIN: B00B81004Q 5-disc set: ASIN: B00B818VZ6
Poulenc: Complete Chamber Music Vol. 4 (for Le Carpe) Franck Leguerinel, Ensemble directed by Pierre-Michel Durand Naxos 8.553614 0730099461429
Smetana: Wedding Scenes / Libuse's Judgement, etc Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra, Robert Stankovsky Marco Polo 8.223705 0730099370523
Debussy - Piano Works (for ‘Poissons d’Or’) Pascal Rogé Decca 443-021-2 028944302127
Satie: Piano Works Vol. 4 (for ‘Le Poisson Reveur’) Klara Kormendi Naxos 8.550699 730099569927
Mahler - Des Knaben Wunderhorn (for “St. Anthony’s Sermon to the Fish”) Matthias Goerne, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Riccardo Chailly Decca 0289 467 3482 7 028946734827
Mahler - Symphony No. 2 In C Minor, "Resurrection" Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Yoel Levi Telarc CD-80548-B 089408054822

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