Summer Excursion

This episode originally aired on January 8, 2011

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Saturday, August 13, 2011

blue green ocean sea sky off the coast of Scotland (dorkymum/flickr)

As we enter the peak summer travel season, this week’s All Ears takes a global voyage with music by Osvaldo Golijov, Jason Kao Hwang, Yungchen Lhamo and more.

Our travels begin right here in the U.S. with Samuel Barber's Excursions for Piano Op. 20. With its swinging bass lines, a cowboy ballad, and boogie-woogie melodies, Barber's work offers an assorted sampling of classic American pop music.
Venturing across the Atlantic, the Crofut Consort performs Zoltan Kodály's Evening Song. Kodály's knack for uniting folksong and chant influences generates a picturesque image of the Hungarian countryside. Further east, Tibetan vocalist Yungchen Lhamo offers her Improvisation No. 1. A resident of the U.S. since her journey to exile as a teen, Lhamo left her entire world behind. But she undoubtedly brought to the Western world her mesmerizing, otherworldly sound. This week's getaway wouldn't be complete without an outing on the waters. Based on the colorful poetry of Pablo Neruda, Osvaldo Golijov's Oceana summons the goddess of the Ocean, embarking on a mythical journey of the water world.
Other stops along the way include France with Maurice Ravel, Spain with Enrique Granados and much more.


Excursions for Piano, Op. 20
Samuel Barber
Leo Smit, piano
Music Masters

Evening Song

Zoltan Kodaly
Crofut Consort
Julianne Baird, soprano

Nocturne No. 5 in B-flat

John Field
Miceal O'Rourke, piano

Improvisation No. 1

Yungchen Lhamo
Yungchen Lhamo, vocalist
WNYC Archives

Ritual Prayer
Keith Jarrett
Keith Jarrett, piano

Someone to Watch Over Me

Ira Gershwin/George Gershwin
Keith Jarrett, piano

Sonata for Violin and Cello

Maurice Ravel
Nigel Kennedy, violin
Lynn Harrell, cello

Danzas espanolas: 'Andaluza' (Playera)

Enrique Granados
Itzhak Perlman, violin
Samuel Sanders, piano

Oceana: Call

Osvaldo Golijov
Atlanta Symphony Orchestra/Atlanta Symphony Chorus
Robert Spano, conductor
Luciana Souza, vocalist
Elizabeth Remy Johnson, harp
Jamie Haddad, percussion
Jay Anderson, bass
Scott Tennant / John Dearman, guitars
Gwinnett Young Singers
Deutsche Grammophon

Flight of Whispers
Jason Kao Hwang
Music for Homemade Instruments
New World

Sweet Lorraine
Carter Burwell
Stephane Grappelli, violin
Yo-Yo Ma, cello

City Life

Steve Reich
Steve Reich Ensemble
Bradley Lubman, conductor

La nouvelle Orleans 
Lalo Schifrin
Imani Winds

Comments [3]

Peter M. Graetzer

Would it be possible to obtain an itemized playlist of the "Summer Excursion" episode. I am interested in purchasing the source CD's for a number of the pieces that were broad- cast and would greatly appreciate the source listing as well.

Many thanks

Aug. 15 2011 10:02 AM

Henry, would it surprise you that Steve Reich, himself, calls some of the sounds in CITY LIFE "a pain in the ear"? Check it out -- there's a terrific set of his own introductions to various pieces housed right here on -- see the third audio bar down the page.

The piece you're hearing on Terrance's show is CITY LIFE, from 1995, for amplifed ensemble. And Reich refers to it as a "very WNYC piece" and great for Q2 because it's built of sound samplings the composer made in New York City.

Hope a little context gives it some new resonance (if not outright beauty!) for you.

Aug. 14 2011 05:31 PM
Henry Lippmann

What irritating music! It was playing at 11:40 on 8/13; I think you said it was by Reich. If you must play that repetitive noise, perhaps it should be confined to that extra annual hour when the clocks fall back from 2:00 AM to repeat the 1:00 AM hour.

Aug. 13 2011 11:51 PM

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