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Saturday, May 26, 2018 Permalink

The Vacation Connection

Postcards from Mendelssohn & Dvorak, snaps of Debussy & Gershwin


Mendelssohn hiked through the Scottish Highlands. Saint-Saens favored Algiers. Debussy spent a quiet summer on the English coast, while Gershwin enjoyed the cosmopolitan charms of Paris. And Dvorak chose a farm town in Iowa.

Very different vacations, to be sure--but each inspired some extraordinary music.

In this hour, a tuneful travelogue with composers who just wanted to get away from it all.



Title Group/Artist Catalog # UPC
Dvorak String Quartets Op. 106 & 96 [for “American” String Quartet] Pavel Haas Quartet Supraphon SU-4038-2 099925403829 
Saint-Saens: Javotte, Rapsodie Bretonne, etc., [forAlgerian Suite] Monte Carlo Philharmonic, David Robertson Auvidis V 4688 3298490046883 
Saint-Saens: Orchestral Works [for Algerian Suite] Basque National Orchestra, Jun Markl Naxos 8.573732 747313373277
Elgar: Wand of Youth, etc [for Three Bavarian Dances] London Philharmonic, Adrian Boult EMI CDM 7 69207 2 07777692072 
Mendelssohn: Symphonies 1-5 [for “Scottish” Symphony] Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Yannick Nézet-Séguin Deutsche Grammophon 00289 479 7337 028947973379 
Debussy Orchestral Music [for La Mer] Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Bernard Haitink Philips 438 742-2 028943874229
Serenade [for Tchaikovsky’s Souvenir of Florence] Metamorphosen Berlin, Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt Sony 88985422242 889854222420 
Gershwin: An American In Paris Harmonie Ensemble New York, Steven Richman Harmonia Mundi HMU 907658 093046765828


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