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Saturday, October 7, 2017 Permalink

The Lunar Connection

A full moon in Montana, photo by Christopher Martin


A symbol of change, a measure of time, the guardian of sleep, the harbinger of incredible natural forces, the consoler of the lonely, the cause of madness, the light of love.

In this hour, the moon . . . in music by Dvorak, Offenbach, Orff, Debussy, Beethoven, and more.


Title Group/Artist Catalog # UPC
The Art of Pilar Lorengar Pilar Lorengar, Orchestra Dell'Accademia Di Santa Cecilia, Roma Decca – 473317 028947331728
Offenbach: Music from the Operettas Gulbenkian Foundation Orchestra, Lisbon; Michel Swierczewski Nimbus NI5303 083603530327
Carl Orff: Die Kluge / Der Mond Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestra & Chorus, Herbert Kegel Berlin Classics BC 2104-2 782124210427
O Lusty May - Renaissance Songs of Spring [for “Bellamira & Emperor of the Moon”] Toronto Consort Dorian DOR-93172 053479317223
Carnival of the Animals [for “Au Clair de la Lune”] Rachel Barham, members of the London Philharmonic Orchestra Maestro Classics SSD 1013 880626930024
Clementi: Sonatas & Preludes Andreas Staier Warner Classics 4696136 825646961368
Milford: Fishing by Moonlight Julian Milford; Guildhall Strings, Robert Salter Hyperion CDA67444  034571174440
Beethoven: Piano Sonatas, Vol 4 András Schiff ECM 1944 028947658757
Debussy: Complete Works for Piano, Vol. 3 Jean-Efflam Bavouzet Chandos CHAN 10467 095115146729
Diva! A Soprano at the Movies [For Rusalka: Song to the Moon] Lesley Garrett Silva America 1007 738572100728
Midsummer Night’s Dream Andre Previn EMI Classics CDC 7471632 0724357498128
German Operatic Choruses Hungarian Festival Chorus & Orchestra, Michael Halasz. Naxos 8.550507 730099550727

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