On this episode of All Ears, we take a deep breath and savor music that conjures up tropical breezes and winter winds, rushing sounds, swaying trees and idle chatter. Breezes floating past help us breathe easier.
We stop in Havana for a seductive waltz from Aires Tropicales, a woodwind quintet by Paquito D'Rivera. One of its seven movements, "Habanera," casts a similar swaying tone to that of a Ravel composition.
We also hear Mancini's Soldier in the Rain, with a choir composed of four voices from Don Byron's album, "A Fine Line." Soldier in the Rain is the theme for the 1963 movie of the same name.
Also on the program, it's soothing to hear Anton Bruckner next to DBR and Philip Glass, as well as Paul Lansky, and Michael Colgrass.
Paquito D'Rivera/Aires Tropicales: Habanera
Giancarlo Vulcano/Tierra del Fuego
Steve Reich/Variations for Vibes, Piano and Strings: II. Slow
Lou Harrison/Three Waltzes
Daniel Bernard Roumain (DBR)/Metamorphosis
Anton Bruckner/Intermezzo & Trio for String Sextet in d
Ann Ronell/Willow Weep for Me
Judd Greenstein/The Night Gatherers
Henry Mancini/Soldier in the Rain
Meredith Monk/Recent Ruins
Veljo Tormis/"How can I recognize my home"
Toby Twinging/Satie Blues
Michael Colgrass/Winds of Nagual