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Winter Escape

Can you name this tune? Here's a hint: It's cold in Venice...

Note: the audio for this show will be available on January 4, 2011

This composer returned to Venice in 1725 after spending a few years in Rome. This was a busy year: he produced four operas, but also his most famous series of violin concerti. Accompanying these four concerti are four corresponding sonnets, likely penned by the composer himself. The sonnet for the winter concerto describes biting snow, stinging winds, and accidents on the ice. The music of the winter concerto evokes these wintertime characteristics with chilling musical effects.

Music Heard On This Episode

Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov: Snow Maiden Suite: Dance of the Tumblers
Minnesota Orchesta/Eji Oue, cond. — Exotic Dances from the Opera (Reference Records, 1996)
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Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov: Snow Maiden Suite: Dance of the Tumblers
Minnesota Orchesta/Eji Oue, cond. — Exotic Dances from the Opera (Reference Records, 1996)
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Leroy Anderson: Sleigh Ride
Boston Pops/Arthur Fiedler, cond. — Christmas (Decca, 2004)
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Claude Debussy: Preludes: Footprints in the Snow
Jorge Bolet, piano — Debussy: 16 Preludes (Polygram Records, 1989)
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Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky/Duke Ellington: Nutcracker Suite: Overture
Duke Ellington Orchestra — Three Suites (SBME SPECIAL MKTS., 2008)
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Franz Schubert: Winterreise: The Signpost; The Hoary Head
Thomas Hampson, baritone/Wolfgang Sawallisch, piano — Franz Schubert: Winterreise (Angel Records, 1997)
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Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Nutcracker: Waltz of the Snowflakes
Boston Symphony Orchesta/Seji Ozawa, cond. — Mad about the Waltz (Deutsche Grammophon, 1993)
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Erik Satie: Cold Pieces
Pascal Rogé, piano — Piano Works (Polygram Records, 1990)
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John Cage: The Seasons: Prelude, Winter; Prelude, Spring
Herbert Henck, piano — Early Piano Music (Ecm Records, 2005)
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John Williams: The Battle in the Snow; Imperial March
London Symphony Orchestra — Empire Strikes Back (Sony, 2004)
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Sameul Barber: Capricorn Concerto: Allegro ma non Troppo
Pacific Orchestra/Keith Clark, cond. — Samuel Barber; Aaron Copland; Roy Harris (Albany Records, 1995)
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Antonio Vivaldi: Concerto No. 4 in f: Allegro non Molto; Allegro ma non Troppo
Orpheus Chamber Orch/Gil Shaham, violin — The Four Seasons: A Musical Calendar of Favourite Classics (Dg Imports, 2003)
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Leo Sowerby: From the Northland: Impressions of the Lake Superior County
Steven Graff, piano — Impressions: Music for Piano by Leo Sowerby (Albany Records, 1997)
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Felix Bernard: Winter Wonderland
Anne Murray; Brian Setzer Orchestra — 25 Christmas Favorites (Madacy Records, 2003)
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