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Saturday, February 23, 2019 Permalink

The River Connection 2

Cargo ships pass along the Mississippi River in New Orleans, Louisiana


“The flow of a river is endless, and its water is never the same,” wrote a 13th century Japanese poet.

Composers, too, have been inspired by the varied nature of the rivers they knew. We’ve featured some in another program—but like a river’s flow, there’s always more to come along.

In this hour, music celebrating the German Rhine, the Mississippi, the Thames in England, the Red River in Texas, and more.


Title Group/Artist Catalog # UPC
Handel: Water Music Gottingen Festival Orchestra, Laurence Cummings Accent ACC 26407 4015023264076
Price: Mississippi River Suite Women’s Philharmonic, Apo Hsu Koch 3-7518-2 HI 099923751823
Schumann: Complete Symphonies [for “Rhenish”] Revolutionary and Romantic Orchestra, John Elliot Gardner Archiv Produktion 289 457 591-2  028945759128
The Ring: An Orchestral Adventure, [for Das Rheingold]  Netherlands Radio Philharmonic, Edo De Waart RCA Red Seal 74321 447842 743214478424
Abbado Conducts Mussorgsky [for Khovanshchina Prelude: "Dawn on the Moscow River"] London Symphony, Claudio Abbado, RCA Gold Seal 61354 09026613542
Grainger: Orchestral Works 3 [for “Spoon River”] BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, Richard Hickox Chandos CHAN 9839 095115163825
Schubert: Piano Quintet in A major, “The Trout”.  Andras Schiff and members of the Hagen Quartet Decca 411 975-2 028941197528 
Finzi: Introit, etc [for A Severn Rhapsody, by Gerald Finzi] London Philharmonic Orchestra; Adrian Boult Lyrita SRCD 239 5020926023926 
The Western Film World of Dimitri Tiomkin [for Red River] London Studio Symphony Orchestra, Laurie Johnson Unicorn-Kanchana ‎UKCD2011 5016908201123

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