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Saturday, November 3, 2018 Permalink

The Italian Connection

Italian countryside


On vacation in Italy in 1903, English composer Edward Elgar wrote a friend, “Music is in the air.  It’s everywhere--you only have to take as much of it as you need for your inspiration.”

Indeed, for northern Europeans, Italy was not only a winter haven, but a land filled with song and dance.

In this hour, five works inspired by the music, people and scenery of Italy--by Elgar, Mendelssohn, Tchaikovsky, Berlioz, and Richard Strauss.


Title Group/Artist Catalog # UPC
Mendelssohn Symphony No. 4 London Symphony Orchestra, Abbado DGG 415 974-2 028941597427
Italy After Dark: “Bella Ragazza dalle Trecce Bionde” Carlo Buti EMI 07777800232 077778002321
Tchaikovsky: Capriccio Italien RCA Victor Symphony, Kondrashin BMG 09026-63302-2 090266330225
Berlioz: Harold en Italie Frankfurt Radio Symph, Inbal; Bashmet, viola Denon CO-73207 081757320726
Elgar Overtures: In the South Scottish National Orchestra, Gibson Chandos CHAN 8309 095115830925
At His Best: “Faniculi, Fanicula” Mario Lanza BMG 09026-68130-2 828767162522
Strauss: Aus Italien: . “Neapolitanisches Volksleen” Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra, Kosler Naxos 8.550342 4891030503427




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