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Natural Wonders

Ether Game asks: can you name this tune? It’s a musical portrait of a natural wonder.

When this composer was a little boy, he and his friends had themselves an adventure by hiking up one of the mountains in Europe’s most famous mountain range. The experience left an indelible mark on the young composer, who later built a home that overlooked that same mountain range. Over an eleven year period in the middle of his life, the composer struggled to create a work that would reflect his love of nature and the landscape that he so adored. The resulting piece was a massive orchestral work that clocks in at just under an hour and requires a whopping 125 musicians to perform! The piece is a musical portrait of a hiker who makes a treacherous trip up a high mountain and describes what he experiences on his incredible journey.

Music Heard On This Episode

Beethoven, Ludwig van (1770-1827): Symphony No. 6 ("Pastoral"): First Movement
Cleveland Orchestra/Christopher von Dohnanyi, cond. — Classics for All Seasons: Summer (Telarc, 1993)
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Beethoven, Ludwig van (1770-1827): Symphony No. 6 ("Pastoral"): First Movement
Cleveland Orchestra/Christopher von Dohnanyi, cond. — Classics for All Seasons: Summer (Telarc, 1993)
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Handel, George Frederic (1685-1759): Xerxes: Ombra Mai Fu
Andreas Scholl, countertenor/Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment/Roger Norrington, cond. — Andreas Scholl: Heroes (Decca, 1999)
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Vaughan Williams, Ralph (1872-1958): The Lake in the Mountain
Ian Brown, piano — Vaughan Williams: Violin Sonata; String Quartet No. 2 (Hyperion UK, 2002)
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Wagner, Richard (1813-1883): Twilight of the Gods:Siegfried's Rhine Journey
Detroit Symphony Orchestra/Paul Paray, cond. — Paul Paray conducts Wagner (Polygram Records, 1996)
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Haydn, Franz Joseph (1732-1809): The Creation: Sing to the Lord, All Ye Voices
Monteverdi Choir/English Baroque Soloists/John Eliot Gardiner, cond. — Haydn: Die Schöpfung (Archiv Produktion, 1997)
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Williams, John (b. 1932): Jurassic Park: Main Theme
Cincinnati Pops Orchestra/Erich Kunzel, cond. — The Great Fantasy Adventure Album (Telarc, 1994)
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Elgar, Edward (1857-1934): Sea Pictures: Sea Slumber-Song
Janet Baker, mezzo-soprano/London Symphony Orchestra/Sir John Barbirolli, cond. — Elgar: Cello Concerto & Sea Pictures; Jacqueline Du Pre (EMI Classics, 1997)
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Debussy, Claude (1862-1918): Preludes Book 1: Footprints in the Snow
Jean-Yves Thibaudet, piano — Jean-Yves Thibaudet ~ Debussy - complete piano works, vol. 1 (Decca, 1996)
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Monteverdi, Claudio (1571-1638): Third Book of Madrigals: O Nightingale
The Consort of Musicke/Anthony Rooley, cond. — Monteverdi: Third Book of Madrigals (Virgin Records Us, 1993)
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Floyd, Carlisle (b. 1926): Susannah: Ain't It a Pretty Night?
Renee Fleming, soprano/Metropolitan Opera Orchestra/James Levine, cond. — I Want Magic (Decca, 1998)
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Richard Strauss (1864-1949): Eine Alpensinfonie
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra/Gerard Schwartz, cond. — Richard Strauss: Symphonia Domestica; Eine Alpensinfonie (Avie , 2005)
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Bishop, Henry Rowling (1786-1855): Lo! Here the Gentle Lark
Kathleen Battle, soprano/Jean-Pierre Rampal, piano — Kathleen Battle & Jean-Pierre Rampal in Concert (Sony, 1993)
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Basie, Count (1904-1984): Jumpin' at the Woodside
Count Basie Alumni — Swinging For The Count (Candid, 2009)
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