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Saturday, December 29, 2018 Permalink

The Winter Connection 2

Andrew Wyeth, "Not Plowed," watercolor on paper, 1985


American painter Andrew Wyeth called winter a time “when you feel the bone structure of the landscape. Something waits beneath it; the whole story doesn't show.”

That’s often true of music inspired by the season, as well. We’ve highlighted some of it in another program, but there’s still lots more to share.

And so we present a second celebration of winter in music--by Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev, Debussy, Holst, Piazzolla, and more.


Title Group/Artist Catalog # UPC
Debussy: Complete Works for Piano, Vol. 3  Jean-Efflam Bavouzet Chandos CHAN 10467 095115146729
Prokofiev: Music for Children [for Winter Bonfire: Waltz on the Ice] New London Orchestra, Ronald Corp Helios CDH55177 034571151779 
Tchaikovsky: Symphonies 1, 2 & 5 [for Symphony No. 1, “Winter Daydreams”] Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Vasily Petrenko Onyx ONYX4150 880040415022
Schickele: String Quartets & Piano Quintet [for String Quartet No. 5. “Winter Goodbye”] Audubon Quartet Centaur CRC 2505 675754284121
Offenbach Romantique,[for Grand Ballet of the Snowflakes] Les Musiciens du Louvre, Marc Minkowski Archiv Produktion 477 6403  028947764038 
Korngold: Orchestral Works, 1-4, Vol. 1 [for the Prelude and Serenade from The Snowman] Northwest German Philharmonic, Werner Andreas Albert CPO 999 150-2 761203915026 
Holst: Cotswold Symphony etc. [for A Winter Idyll] Ulster Orchestra, JoAnn Falletta Naxos 8.572914 747313291472 
MacDowell: Piano Music, Vol. 1 [for “Mid-winter,” from New England Idyls] James Barbagallo Naxos 8.559010 636943901021
Raff: Symphony No. 8 & 11 [for Symphony No. 11, “Winter”] Philharmonia Hungarica, Werner Andreas Albert CPO 999 536-2 761203953622 
The 12 Seasons [for “Winter,” from Astor Piazzolla’s’ The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires] David Aaron Carpenter, Salome Chamber Orchestra Warner Classics 0825646486953 825646486953

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