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Exploring the often surprising links between concepts, themes and people in classical music, from medieval to modern
Saturday, 4 p.m. – 5 p.m.Rebroadcast Sunday, 2 p.m. – 3 p.m.on Music Station
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.
Mendelssohn Symphony No. 4
London Symphony Orchestra, Abbado
DGG 415 974-2
Italy After Dark: “Bella Ragazza dalle Trecce Bionde”
Tchaikovsky: Capriccio Italien
RCA Victor Symphony, Kondrashin
Berlioz: Harold en Italie
Frankfurt Radio Symph, Inbal; Bashmet, viola
Elgar Overtures: In the South
Scottish National Orchestra, Gibson
Chandos CHAN 8309
At His Best: “Faniculi, Fanicula”
Strauss: Aus Italien: . “Neapolitanisches Volksleen”
Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra, Kosler
November 11, 2023
December 16, 2023
December 9, 2023