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Saturday, September 16, 2017 Permalink

The Art Connection

Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City


Danish composer Carl Nielsen’s second symphony was inspired by a painting he saw while enjoying a glass of beer in a country inn.

The death of a promising Russian artist prompted composer Modest Mussorgsky to write what has become his best-loved work.

And an 18th century French painter’s depictions of aristocratic passion prompted two very different 20th century responses by Debussy and Poulenc.

In this hour, these and other links between canvas and concert hall.  

CLICK HERE for more about the art works mentioned on the program.


CD Title Group/Artist Catalog # UPC
Mussorgsky - Pictures At An Exhibition Vladimir Ashkenazy Decca 4757717 028947577171
Respighi - Pines of Rome; Fountains of Rome, etc  (for “Birth of Venus”) Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, Neville Marriner EMI Classics 7243 58654929 724358654929
Hindemith:  Orchestral Works (for Mathis der Maler, Symphony) Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Werner Andreas Albert CPO 9992482 0761203924820
Reger:  Romantic Suite, Four Symphonic Poems (for “Im Spiel Der Wellen” Deutsches Symphonie Orchester Berlin, Gerd Albrecht Koch/Schwann 3-1418-2 099923141822
Debussy: Complete Works for Piano, Vol. 2 Jean-Efflam Bavouzet Chandos CHAN 10443 095115144329
Poulenc:  Animaux modeles - Les Biches  Odense Symphony Orchestra, Jan Wagner Classico CLASSCD 239 5709644986446
Nielsen: Symphonies  1-3 San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, Herbert Blomstedt Decca 2DF2460-985 0028946098523
Granados: Goyescas, etc  Jean François Heisser Warner Classics 256 69984-3 825646998432
The Best Of Rachmaninoff (for “The Isle of the Dead”) Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, Edo de Waart Philips 4383832 028943838320
Mussorgsky: Pictures At An Exhibition Montreal Symphony Orchestra, Charles Dutoit Decca 417 299-2 028941729927

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