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Ether Game asks: can you name this tune? It’s a Paschal celebration in the Urals.

The holiday commemorated here is observed on a different date from one that’s celebrated in the West. The celebrations date all the way back to the age of paganism and early Christianity in that country. Most of the themes incorporated in the piece are directly taken from the country’s liturgical music while also depicting pagan celebrations of the past. The work was also this composer’s musical farewell to two of his, also famous, composer colleagues.

Music Heard On This Episode

Giacomo Puccini: Nessun Dorma
Luciano Pavarotti, t/London Philharmonic Orchestra/Zubin Mehta, cond. — Luciano Pavarotti - Nessun dorma (Arias & Duets) (Decca, 2001)
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Giacomo Puccini: Nessun Dorma
Luciano Pavarotti, t/London Philharmonic Orchestra/Zubin Mehta, cond. — Luciano Pavarotti - Nessun dorma (Arias & Duets) (Decca, 2001)
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Claude Debussy: Deux Arabesques
Jean-Yves Thibaudet, p — Debussy - complete piano works, vol. 1 (Decca, 1991)
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Gioacchino Rossini: Semiramide: Overture
Chamber Orchestra of Europe/Claudio Abbado, cond. — Overtures (Deutsche Grammophon, 1993)
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Kurt Weill: Threepenny Opera: Overture, Mack the Knife
Rolf Boysen, vocals/RIAS Berlin Sinfonietta/John Mauceri, cond. — Threepenny Opera (Polygram Records, 1990)
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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Clarinet Concerto: Second Movement
Benny Goodman, cl/Boston Symphony Orch/Charles Munch, cond. — Mozart at Tanglewood
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Bedrich Semtana: Ma Vlast: Tabor
Staatskapelle Dresden/Paavo Berglund, cond. — Ma Vlast (Seraphim, 2007)
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Igor Stravinsky: Jeu de Cartes
CBC Festival Singers/Elmer Iseler, cond. — Orpheus, Agon, Jeu de cartes (Hyperion, 2009)
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John Philip Sousa: Bullets and Bayonets Sabre and Spurs
Eastman Wind Ensemble/Frederick Fennell, cond. — Fennell Conducts Sousa (Mercury, 1994)
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Galt MacDermot: Hair; Easy to be Hard
Original Broadway Cast — Hair (RCA, 2009)
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Ottorino Respighi: Adoration of the Magi
Orpheus Chamber Orchestra — The Ballad of the Gnomes / Adagio with Variations for Cello & Orchestra / Three Botticelli Pictures (Cara, 2006)
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Rimsky-Korsakov, Nicolai: Russian Easter Overture
Chicago Symphony Orchestra/Daniel Barenboim, cond. — "1812" Overture (Deutsche Grammophon, 1982)
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Howard Hanson: Pan and the Priest
Nashville Symphony Orch/Kenneth Schermerhorn, cond. — Orchestral Works 1 (Naxos, 1998)
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Kennedy and Simon: Istanbul Not Constantinople
They Might Be Giants — Flood
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