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Spring Awakening

Ether Game asks: can you name this tune? It’s a piece that literally sings of springtime!

This composer seemed to have the gift of writing one dance hit after another during his long and celebrated career. 19th-century Europe was humming and dancing along to this composer’s catchy tunes. This piece, one of the composer’s most well-known works, was written in 1882 to showcase a talented coloratura soprano who had made herself a star in Vienna. The piece remains as one of this composer’s most well-loved creations.

Music Heard On This Episode

Antonio Vivaldi: Four Seasons: Spring
Gidon Kremer, violin/London Symphony Orchestra/Claudio Abbado, cond. — Mad About Mad About (Deutsche Grammophon, 1994)
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Antonio Vivaldi: Four Seasons: Spring
Gidon Kremer, violin/London Symphony Orchestra/Claudio Abbado, cond. — Mad About Mad About (Deutsche Grammophon, 1994)
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Ludwig van Beethoven: Violin Sonata No 5 in F: Rondo
Itzhak Perlman, violin/Vladimir Ashkenazy, piano — Beethoven: Violin Sonatas "Kreutzer" & "Spring" (Decca, 2006)
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Carl Orff: In Spring: Omnia sol Temperat & Ecce gratum
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, baritone/Chorus & Orch of Deutsch Oper Berlin/Eugen Jochum, cond. — Orff: Carmina Burana (Polygram Records, 1988)
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Robert Schumann: Symphony No 1 in B flat: Scherzo
Revolutionary and Romantic Orchestra/John Eliot Gardiner, cond. — Schumann: Symphonies Nos. 1 ("Spring") & 4; Konzertstück for 4 horns (Archiv Prod Import, 2003)
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Johann Sebastian Bach: Cantata BWV 202: Give way now, dismal shadows
Gérard Souzay — Gérard Souzay sings Classical Airs and Songs (Preiser Records, 2005)
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Franz Schubert: Winterreise: Frühlingstraum
Christoph Prégardien, tenor/Andreas Staier, fortepiano — Schubert: Winterreise (Elektra / Wea, 1998)
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Igor Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring: Excerpt from
The Kirov Orchestra/Valery Gergiev, cond. — Igor Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring / Alexander Scriabin: The Poem of Ecstasy (Philips)
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Sergei Rachmaninoff: Spring Cantata
St. Louis Symphony Orchestra/ Leonard Slatkin, cond. — Sergei Rachmaninoff: Orchestral Music (Vox (Classical), 1992)
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Gerald Finzi: Let Us Garlands Bring: It Was a Lover and His Lass
Bryn Terfel, baritone/Malcolm Martineau, piano — Bryn Terfel - The Vagabond & other songs by Vaughan Williams, Butterworth, Finzi & Ireland (Deutsche Grammophon, 1995)
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Jean Sibelius: Spring Song
Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra/Neeme Järvi, cond. — Sibelius: Tone Poems (Deutsche Grammophon, 2005)
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Johann Strauss Jr: Frühlingsstimmen
Vienna Philharmonic/Lorin Maazel, cond. — The Four Seasons: A Musical Calendar of Favourite Classics (Dg Imports, 2003)
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Frederick Delius: On Hearing the First Cuckoo in Spring
Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields, Neville Marriner, cond. — Vaughan Williams: Fantasia On Greensleeves, Etc. (Decca, 1997)
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Richard Rodgers: June is Bustin' Out All Over
Katherine Hilgenberg/1965 Lincoln Center Revival Cast — Carousel (RCA Victor Broadway, 1994)
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