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Sunday, March 06, 2011

Mardi Gras is here, and although the festivities in New Orleans have been underway since mid-February, The Choral Mix is celebrating this Sunday with a show devoted to the many pleasures of life.

Among the works featured this week are Francis Poulenc's Sept Chansons. In composing this work, Poulenc drew upon the text of secular poems written by Guillaume Apollonaire and Paul Éluard. If you heard the Choral Mix a few weeks back, you might recall the Monteverdi Madrigals that Kent presented for Valentine's Day. Poulenc's Chansons combine his unique 20th century French composition style with the older influence of Monteverdi's secular writing.

We also hear excerpts from Mendelssohn's Elijiah, Orff's Carmina Burana, and this wouldn't be a celebration without Verdi's Brindisi-Libiamo from La Traviata. Addtionally, the music of Hindemith, Wagner and the Yale Glee Club will be featured.

Playlist:

Bridisi-Libiamo from La Traviata
Verdi
Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
James Levine, Conductor
New York

Vedi! La Fosche Notturne from Il Trovatore
Verdi
Orchestra e Coro de Teatro alla Scalla
Ricardo Muti, Conductor
Milan, Italy

Steuermann lass die auf from Fliegende Hollander
Wagner
Metropolitan opera Orchestra and Chorus
James Levine, Conductor
New York

Sept Chansons
Poulenc
RIAS Chamber Chorus
Daniel Reuss, conductor
Berlin, Germany

Baal Scene from Elijah
Mendelssohn
LSO and LSO Chorus
Richard Hickox, conductor
London England

Five Songs on Old Texts
Hindemith
Radio Choir Berlin
Stefan Parkman, conductor
Berlin, Germany

Carmina Burana
Orff
Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chorus
Donald Runnicles, conductor
Atlanta, GA

Yale Glee Club Concert Highlights 2008-2009
Yale Glee Club
Jeffrey Douma, conductor
New Haven, CT

Comments [3]

Stephen J. Herschkorn from Highland Park, NJ

Sorry, that last performance was *not* the version for piano and percussion.

Mar. 06 2011 11:59 PM
Michael Meltzer

Splendid program Kent. Particular thanks for the Hindemith, absolutely fetching pieces from a towering composer (perpetually stonewalled by WQXR).

Mar. 06 2011 07:56 AM
Gary Ekman from Manhattan

In my ignorance, I never knew before that the final chorus on the playlist, O Fortuna from Orff's Carmina Burana, was the one featured in the action climax of countless bad movies, bad movie previews, and parodies of movies over the years. I learn something new every week listening to Kent's program.

Mar. 06 2011 07:51 AM

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