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Saturday, September 8, 2018 Permalink

The Serenade Connection

Oil painting from the 16th century Venetian School, depicting a pastoral concert


The word originally meant a musical greeting--a romantic one or one honoring a person of rank--usually performed out of doors in the evening,

By the late 18th century, it came to mean a work for a small ensemble played during or after dinner.

Since then, the definition has broadened to include a wide variety of orchestral styles.

In this hour, serenades by Mozart, Brahms, Dvorak, Tchaikovsky, Rodrigo and more.


Title Group/Artist Catalog # UPC
Wiren: Sinfonietta, Serenade Iceland Symphony Orchestra, Rumon Gamba Chandos CHSA 5194 095115519424
Mozart: Eine kleine Nachtmusik I Musici Philips 420 712-2 028942071223
Mozart: Wind Serenades [for Serenade No. 12] Chamber soloists of the Royal Philharmonic Naim naimcd117 797537112626
Brahms: Serenade No. 1 & No. 2 London Symphony Orchestra, Istvan Kertesz Decca 421 628-2 028942162822 
Serenade [for Tchaikovsky Serenade in C major] Metamorphosen Berlin, Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt Sony 88985422242 889854222420 
Dvorak; Slavonic Dances & String Serenade Berlin Chamber Orchestra, Peter Wohlert Laserlight 15 605 018111560528
And the Bridge is Love [for Elgar Serenade] English Chamber Orchestra, Julian Lloyd Webber Naxos 8.573250 747313325078 
Rodrigo Edition [for Concierto Sesrenata for Harp and Orchestra] Nancy Allen, harp; Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Enrique Batiz EMI Classics CZS 7 67435 2 077776743523 
Piston: Symphony No. 4, etc. [for Serenata for Orchestra] New York Chamber Symphony of the 92nd Street Y, Gerard Schwarz Naxos 8.559162 0636943916223

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