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Spooky Stuff

Ether Game asks: can you name this tune? Try asking the ghost who just arrived for dinner…

This famous opera’s overture leaves little doubt that sinister things lie ahead. The harrowing opening chords reappear at the climax, in which a ghost appears to drag his daughter’s seducer down to hell. Although, when this work was composed, this composer’s operas were more popular in a foreign city than in his hometown, over time it has become one of his signature works. It is also perhaps the best-known telling of the tale of infamous lover Don Juan and his many romantic conquests…

Music Heard On This Episode

Carl Maria von Weber: Der Freischütz: Act II, Scene 1 "The Wolf's Glen"
Ekkehard Wlaschina, Will Quadflieg/Staatskapelle Dresden/Sir Colin Davis, cond. — Der Freischütz (Polygram Records, 1991)
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Carl Maria von Weber: Der Freischütz: Act II, Scene 1 "The Wolf's Glen"
Ekkehard Wlaschina, Will Quadflieg/Staatskapelle Dresden/Sir Colin Davis, cond. — Der Freischütz (Polygram Records, 1991)
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Antonio Vivaldi: Concerto in G minor "The Night"
Red Priest — Nightmare in Venice (Red Priest Records, 2009)
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Hector Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique: Dream of a Witches' Sabbath
Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique — Symphonie fantastique (Philips, 1993)
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Arnold Schoenberg: Erwartung
Anja Silja, sop/Vienna Philharmonic/Christoph von Dohnányi, cond. — Verklärte Nacht; Chamber Symphony; Variations (London / Decca, 1997)
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Jerry Bock & Sheldon Harnick: Tevye's Nightmare
Zero Mostel/Maria Karnilova — Fiddler on the Roof (RCA Victor Broadway, 2003)
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Ludwig van Beethoven: "The Ghost" Piano Trio: Movement 2
Jos van Immerseel, fp/Vera Beths, vl/Anner Bylsma, vlc. — Archduke & Ghost Trios (Sony, 2000)
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Kamen, Michael: Main Title
Sid Sax & the National Philharmonic Orch/Michael Kamen, cond. — The Dead Zone (Milan, 1994)
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Modeste Mussorgsky: St. John's Night On Bare Mountain: Excerpts
Berlin Philharmonic/Berlin Radio & South Tyrolean Choirs/Claudio Abbado, cond. — St. John's Night On Bare Mountain (Sony Classical, 2009)
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Georges Auric: Suite from "The Innocents"
Anthea Kempston, voice/BBC Philharmonic Orch/Rumon Gamba, cond. — Film Music (Chandos, 1999)
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Gustav Mahler: Symphony No. 4: Mvmt 2
Chicago Symphony Orch/Fritz Reiner, cond. — Symphony No. 4 (RCA, 2000)
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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Don Giovanni: Overture
Academy of St Martin in the Fields/Neville Marriner, cond. — Mozart: Overtures (EMI Classics, 2005)
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Heinrich Marschner: The Vampire: Ha! Yet Another Day
Roland Hermann, bar/Bavarian Radio Symphony Orch/Fritz Reiger, cond. — Der Vampyr (Opera D'oro, 2005)
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Screamin' Jay Hawkins: I Put a Spell on You
Screamin' Jay Hawkins/The Alan Price Set — I Put a Spell on You (Collectables, 1994)
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