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Cupid and Venus

Can you name this piece? Here's a hint: how much is that divine mannequin in the window?

This composer is best known for his innovative music for the stage. Trained in the rigorous German tradition in the early twentieth century, he branched out during his career to write music that was at once complex,  melodious, and entertaining. Always controversial, this composer moved to the United States later in his career and created many works, both successes and failures, on Broadway and elsewhere. This work, though less well known than others by this composer, is typical of his output in its incorporation of fantasy, contemporary plot lines, and lively music.

 

Music Heard On This Episode

Orff, Carl: Fortuna Imperatrix Mundi
Leonard Slatkin, Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra — Carmina Burana (RCA, 1994)
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Orff, Carl: Fortuna Imperatrix Mundi
Leonard Slatkin, Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra — Carmina Burana (RCA, 1994)
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Claudio, Monteverdi: Signor, Hoggi Rinasco
Jesus Lopez Cobos, Munich Radio Orchestra — L'incoronazione di Poppea (Teldec, 1999)
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Holst, Gustav: Venus, Bringer of Peace
James Levine, Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Chorus — The Planets (Deutsche Grammophon, 1991)
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Cooke, Sam: Cupid
Sam Cooke — The Best Of (RCA, 1962)
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Bolcom, William: Cabaret Songs, Amour
Theresa Treadway Lloyd, Seymour Barab — Music from Luzerne (ALbany Records, 2000)
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Handel, George Friedrich: Venus Laughing from the Skies, Thou Glorious Son of Worth
Nicholas McGegan, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, UC Berkeley Chamber Chorus — Theodora (Harmonia Mundi Fr. , 1992)
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Schumann, Robert: Piano Concerto in a minor Op. 54, III. Allegro vivace
Fritz Reiner, Chicago Symphony Orchestra — Schumann: Piano Concerto in A Minor / Beethoven: Emperor Concerto (RCA, 2007)
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Respighi, Ottorino: Pines of Rome, IV. Pines of the Appian Way
Antal Dorati, Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra — The Birds, Brazilian Impressions, The Fountains of Rome & The Pines of Rome (Mercury, 1990)
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Greenfield, Howard; Sedaka, Neil: Stupid Cupid
Neil Sedaka — All-Time Greatest Hits (RCA, 1990)
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Purcell, Henry: Dido and Aeneas, With Drooping Wings Ye Cupids Come
Trevor Pinnock, The English Consort — Mad About Angels (Deutsche Grammophon, 1995)
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Weill, Kurt: One Touch fo Venus, I'm a Stranger Here Myself
John-Eliot Gardiner, NDR Sinfonieorchester — The Artist's Album (Deutsche Grammophon, 1998)
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Strozzi, Barbara: Le Tre Grazie a Venere
Sergio Vartolo, Solists of the Capella Musicale di S. Petronio — Lamenti Barocchi (Naxos, 1995)
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McCartney, Paul: Listen to What the Man Said
Wings — Venus and Mars (Capitol/Emi/Sbk/Chrysalis, 1998)
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