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Saturday, March 24, 2018 Permalink

The Spring Connection 2

A flowering garden, by Van Gogh


"You can cut all the flowers, but you can’t keep the spring from coming," writes poet Pablo Neruda.  He states a simple fact, of course, but he’s also voicing an emotional response to the season itself.

And no wonder, for in much of the world, spring means the end of winter, with warmer weather and the greening and blossoming of meadows and trees—and the blossoming of love, as well.

We’ve touched on the season before, but there is so much more music to explore in this hour—including works by Debussy, Haydn, Tchaikovsky, Delius, Respighi, Dvorak and Schumann.


Title Group/Artist Catalog # UPC
Respighi [for Three Botticelli Pictures: Spring] The Philharmonia, Geoffrey Simon Cala CACD1007 66754940282
The Rite of Spring, etc. [for Debussy’s Printemps] Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Vasily Petrenko Onyx 4182 880040418221
Haydn: The Seasons [for “Come, Lovely Spring”] Fairfield County Chorale and Amor Artis Orchestra, Johannes Somary Lyrichord  LEMS 8071 744457807125
Tchaikovsky: The Seasons [for “April—The Snow-Drop”]   Pavel Kolesnikov Hyperion CDA68028 034571280288
Beecham Conducts Delius, [for On Hearing the First Cuckoo in Spring] Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Thomas Beecham Warner  Classics
WAR 47509 
Sleeping Beauty/The Seasons [for Glazunov’s The Seasons: Spring”] Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra, Ondrej Lenard Naxos 8.550079 7300099507929
Dvorak: Complete Solo Piano Music Vol. 3 [for “Spring Song” Stefan Veselka Naxos 8.5577476 747313247622
Revecy [for Revecy Venir du Printemps] Trillium Brass Quintet Trillium Brass Quintet [no catalog number] 888174431789
Complete Schumann Symphonies [for Symphony No. 1—the “Spring”] Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique, John Eliot Gardiner cond. Archiv Produktion 289 457 591-2 028945759128

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