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Ancient History

The Ether Game Brain Trust asks, can you name this antique tune?

Orpheus Mosaic

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Orpheus says "Don't Look Back" as we explore music of the ancient world tonight!

Welcome to the Ether Game weekly Podcast! This week the Brain Trust is exploring the ruins of Athens and Rome with our theme “Ancient History.” Selections for this week’s show will include works about gladiators, emperors, gods, and all things old. To get you started (or for those of you who just cannot wait for Tuesday nights), you can sharpen your skills with our podcast selection. Remember to keep your ears out for a portion of Tuesday night’s Teaser selection!

(Note: the Brain Trust won’t be taking your calls tonight, but we do invite you to play along at home. We’ll be back providing you with LIVE Ether Game the following week!)

Music Heard On This Episode

Beethoven, Ludwig van (1770–1827) (arr. by Anton Rubinstein): THE RUINS OF ATHENS: Turkish March
Sergei Rachmaninoff, piano (realized by Wayne Stahnke)
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Beethoven, Ludwig van (1770–1827) (arr. by Anton Rubinstein): THE RUINS OF ATHENS: Turkish March
Sergei Rachmaninoff, piano (realized by Wayne Stahnke)
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Monteverdi, Claudio (1567–1643): L’INCORONAZIONE DI POPPEA: “A Dio, Roma!” (“Farewell, Rome!”)
Anne Sofie von Otter, mezzo-soprano; The English Baroque Soloists; John Eliot Gardiner, conductor
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Rozsa, Miklos (1907–1995): BEN HUR: Parade of Charioteers
Boston Pops Orchestra; John Williams, conductor
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Berlioz, Hector (1803–1869): LES TROYENS: Prelude
Orchestre symphonique de Montréal; Charles Dutoit, conductor — [TEASER SELECTION]
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Debussy, Claude (1862–1918) (arr. by Ernest Ansermet): SIX ÉPIGRAPHES ANTIQUES: IV. Pour la danseuse aux crotales, V. Pour l’Égyptienne
Philippe Magnan, oboe; Orchestre symphonique de Québec; Yoav Talmi, conductor
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Khachaturian, Aram (1903–1978): SPARTACUS: Adagio of Spartacus and Phrygia (“Love Theme”)
Cincinnati Pops Orchestra; Erich Kunzel, conductor
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Satie, Erik (1866–1925): SOCRATES: Part I: A Portrait of Socrates
Orchestre de Paris; Pierre Dervaux, conductor
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Partch, Harry (1901–1974) (arr. Ben Johnston): TWO STUDIES ON ANCIENT GREEK SCALES: 1. Olympos’ Pentatonic; 2. Archytas’ Enharmonic
Kronos Quartet — [SUPER STUMPER]
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Sondheim, Stephen (b. 1933): A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM: Comedy Tonight
Frankie Howerd and Company; Original West End Production
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Respighi, Ottorino (1879–1936): ROMAN FESTIVALS: Circuses
New York Philharmonic; Giuseppe Sinopoli, conductor — [PODCAST SELECTION]
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