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Saturday, September 23, 2017 Permalink

The Part-Time Connection


Charles Ives worked most of his life as an insurance company executive.  Alexander Borodin was a highly-respected chemist. And Henry VIII—well, you know all about him—or do you?

Because, like the others, he was a part-time composer. In this hour, you’ll hear you’ll hear how each of them (and several others) managed to turn out some pretty impressive music in their spare time.


CD Title Group/Artist Catalog # UPC
Symphony No. 2, etc. [for Polovstian Dances] Royal Stockholm Philharmonic,  Gennady Rozhdestvensky CHAN 9386 09115938621
All Goodly Sports [for Henry VIII:  “Green Groweth the Holly” and “Helas, Madame” ]  Sirinu Chandos CHAN 0621 095115062128
Calliope: Dances [for Henry VIII:  “Tander Naken”] Calliope Nonesuch 79039 0075597903928
Wassenaer: Concerti Armonici Brandenburg Consort, Roy Goodman Helios CDH55155 034571151557
Russian Overtures & Orchestral Works [for Mussorgsky Khovanshchina Prelude] Russian National Orchestra, Mikhail Pletnev Newton Classics 8802037 8718247710379
“From Greenland's Icy Mountains” [1909 archival recording] Edison Mixed Quartet - Public Domain
Charles Ives: The String Quartets Blair String Quartet Naxos 8.559178 636943917824
Hanson Conducts Moore, Carpenter, Rogers and Phillips [for Carpenter: Adventures in a Perambulator] Eastman-Rochester Orchestra Howard Hanson Mercury Living Presence 434 319-2 028943431927

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