To the poets of the early 19th century, a rhapsody was defined as “an extravagant unrestrained expression of sentiment or feeling.”
However, it soon came to mean a one-movement, free-flowing musical work, with contrasting moods that gave the feeling of improvisation. As a result, like snowflakes, you won’t find two exactly alike.
But many of these works do share one thing in common, and in this hour we’ll explore how the rhapsody has been used to celebrate a particular nation or culture. And we’ll do so with the help of Liszt, Holst, Ravel, Gershwin—and more.
|Enescu: Orchestral Works Vol. 2 [for Romanian Rhapsody No. 1]||Romanian National Radio Orchestra, Horia Andreescu||Olympia OCD 442||5015524404420|
|Piano Music of Vaclav Jan Tomasek [for Rapsodia in F minor, Op. 41 No. 1]||Phyllis Moss||Centaur CRC 2411||044747241128|
|Liszt: Hungarian Rhapsodies||Budapest Festival Orchestra, Ivan Fischer||Philips 456 570-2||028945657028|
|Adrian Boult Conducts Holst [for A Somerset Rhapsody]||London Philharmonic Orchestra, Adrian Boult||Lyrita SRCD.222||5020926022226|
|Ravel: Complete Orchestral Works [for Rapsodie Espagnol]||Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich, Lionel Bringuier||Deutsche Grammopho 4795524||028947955245|
|Hovhaness - Symphony 1 & Armenian Rhapsodies||Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Gil Rose||BMOP 1020||676695022421|
|Rhapsody in Blue||Benjamin Grosvenor; Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, James Judd||Decca 478 3527||028947835271|