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Ancient History

Can you name this tune? Just keep in mind, it’s not over until the crazy lady dances…

Note: the audio for this show will be available on December 14, 2010

After the scandalous success of another “ancient” opera, this composer was worried that people would think he was repeating himself. But there were plenty of differences. Instead of the bible, he now turned to a Greek drama by Sophocles, in which the daughter and son of a murdered king exact a terrible revenge. Unlike his earlier opera, for which the composer had adapted the libretto himself, on this opera he turned to a collaborator for the first of many works…

Music Heard On This Episode

Ludwig van Beethoven: Ruins of Athens: Turkish March
Philippe Entremont, piano — Greatest Hits: Classical Piano (Sony, 1995)
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Ludwig van Beethoven: Ruins of Athens: Turkish March
Philippe Entremont, piano — Greatest Hits: Classical Piano (Sony, 1995)
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Hector Berlioz: The Trojans: Prelude
London Sym Orch/Colin Davis, cond. — Les Troyens (London Symphony Orchestra, 2002)
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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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Ottorino Respighi: Roman Festivals: Circuses
New York Philharmonic/Leonard Bernstein, cond. — Pines Of Rome/Roman Festivals (Sony, 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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Giuseppe Verdi: Act III, Scene 1 Excerpts
Soloists/London Sym/Erich Leinsdorf, cond. — Aida (RCA, 1999)
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Nino Rota: Satyricon, Rome: Main Titles
City of Prague Philharmonic/ Derek Wadsworth, cond. — Music From the Classic Films of Federico Fellini (Silva America, 2005)
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Claudio Monteverdi: Coronation of Poppea: Farewell, Rome
Anne-Sophie von Otter, m-s/English Baroque Soloists/John Eliot Gardiner, cond. — L'incoronazione di Poppea (Archiv Produktion, 1996)
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Carlo Gesualdo: Thus I will die; My Heart Burns
La Venexiana — Quarto libro de Madrigali (Glossa, 2006)
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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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Richard Strauss: Elektra: Finale
Chicago Symphony Orchestra/Fritz Reiner, cond — Scenes from Elektra and Salome (RCA, 1986)
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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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