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That’s Ancient History

Can you name this piece? Here's a hint: wisdom thwarted by history

Written for the consecration of a new Imperial Theater in Pest, the play provided the concert with an “epilogue” celebrating the Austrian empire as a bastion of culture. In this piece, the goddess Minerva reawakens in modern Greece and is devastated to find her homeland occupied by the Ottoman Turks. Luckily, Minerva is reassured that the light of Classical Greek culture has conveniently been passed on to the Austrian empire. Racist propaganda aside, the sympathy for Greek nationalism in the 1810s and 20s unified many European artists, many of whom actively supported the Greek revolution against the Ottoman Turks.

Music Heard On This Episode

George Frideric Handel: Julius Caesar: The Wounded Serpent will not Rest
David Daniels/Orch Age of Enlightenment/Roger Norrington, cond. — David Daniels: Operatic Arias (Virgin Veritas (EMI), 1998)
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George Frideric Handel: Julius Caesar: The Wounded Serpent will not Rest
David Daniels/Orch Age of Enlightenment/Roger Norrington, cond. — David Daniels: Operatic Arias (Virgin Veritas (EMI), 1998)
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Miklos Rozsa: Fanfare and March of the Charioteers; Finale
National Philharmonic Orch/ — Rozsa: Ben Hur / Quo Vadis / Julius Caesar (Eloquence Australia, 2010)
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Giuseppe Verdi: Act III, Scene 1 Excerpts
Soloists/London Sym/Erich Leinsdorf, cond. — Aida (RCA, 1999)
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Antonio Vivaldi: Judith Triumphant: Noli, o Cara
Yo-Yo Ma, cello/Alfredo Bernardini, oboe/Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra — Vivaldi's Cello (Sony, 2004)
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Claudio Monteverdi: Signor, hoggi rinasco
Anne-Sophie von Otter, m-s/English Baroque Soloists/John Eliot Gardiner, cond. — L'incoronazione di Poppea (Archiv Produktion, 1996)
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Camille Saint-Saëns: Samson and Delilah: Bacchanale
Montreal Symphony Orchestra/Charles Dutoit — Fete Francaise (Polygram Records, 1990)
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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Idomeneo: Overture
Mozart Orchestra of the Zurich Opera House/Nikolaus Harnoncourt, cond. — Mozart: Overtures (Elektra / Wea, 1994)
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Modeste Mussorgsky: Baba-Yaga; Great Gate at Kiev
Evgeny Kissin, piano — Pictures At An Exhibition (RCA, 2002)
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Erik Satie: A portrait of Socrates
Paris Philharmonic Orchestra/René Leibowitz — Socrate; Mess des pauvres; Piano Pieces (El Records, 2008)
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Claude Debussy: Songs of Bilitis: Pan's Flute, Tomb of the Naiads
Renee Fleming, sop/Jean-Yves Thibaudet, piano — Night Songs (Decca, 2001)
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Ludwig van Beethoven: Ruins of Athens
Sergei Rachmaninoff — A Window in Time (Telarc, 1999)
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Arthur Honegger: The Victorious Horatii: Excerpts
Orchestre du Capitole de Toulouse/Michel Plasson, cond. — Honegger (EMI Classics, 2004)
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Liam Sternberg: Walk like an Egyptian
The Bangles — Greatest Hits (Sony, 1990)
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