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Saturday, April 20, 2019 Permalink

The Easter Connection

The Easter lily combines the aspects of the Christian holy day with the advent of spring


The Easter season combines both sorrow and celebration. There’s another element, as well, for tradition places Easter near the spring equinox. And so, just as Christmas and winter are intertwined, Easter and spring are, as well--with Christ’s death and resurrection linked symbolically with nature’s rebirth, after the darkness and cold of winter.

All this is reflected in the extraordinary music we’ll hear in the next hour, including works by Bach, Handel, Pergolesi, Wagner and Rimsky-Korsakov.


Title Group/Artist Catalog # UPC
Marche Slav [for Rimsky-Korsakov Russian Easter Overture]  St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, Leonard Slatkin Telarc NumberCD-80072 089408007224
Handel: Coronation Anthems, Concerti a Due Cori  English Concert, Trevor Pinnock Archiv Produktion 447 280-2 028944728026
English Country Dances [for Easter Thursday]  Bare Necessities Varrick Records CD VR-013 011671001326
Pergolesi: Stabat Mater & Salve Regina.  Elizabeth Norberg-Schulz & Nathalie Stutzmann; Hanover Band, Roy Goodman RCA Red Seal 09026-61215-2 090266121526 
Wagner: Preludes and Overtures [for Parsifal Good Friday Spell] London Symphony, Antal Dorati.   Mercury Living Presence Collector's Edition 3 [box set] 434 342-2 028943434225
Rozsa: Three Choral Suites [for Ben-Hur, Miracle and Finale] Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, Mormon Tabernacle Choir; Erich Kunzel Telarc CD-80631 089408063121

Bach: Easter & Ascension Oratorios

Retrospect Ensemble, Matthew Halls

Linn Records CKD 373



Foerster: Symphony No. 4, “Easter Eve”

Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra; Lance Friedel

Naxos 8.557776



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