"Hollywood"

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Sunday, August 01, 2004

"Hollywood," a summer special exploring the musical passions of four award-winning actors and directors: Mike Nichols (Strauss's Rosenkavalier "was just an out and out way of getting girls"); William Friedkin (Stravinsky's Rite of Spring was "a life-changing experience"); Alec Baldwin (Mahler's Ninth "is just so searing, so powerful") and Alan Alda (Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue "wasn't like eating vegetables—to me it was ice cream").

Igor Stravinsky Le Sacre du printemps . (Conclusion) The London Philharmonic. Kent Nagano. Virgin Classics VCK791511.

Hector Berlioz Symphonie fantastique, Op. 14 . "March to the Scaffold". Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. Paavo Järvi. Telarc 80578.

George Gershwin Rhapsody in Blue . (Conclusion) Philadelphia Orchestra. Eugene Ormandy. Oscar Levant, Piano. CBS MK 42514.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Clarinet Quintet in A major K. 581 . (Excerpt from First Movement) The Elysium String Quartet; Stanley Drucker, Clarinet. Elysium Recordings GRK 716.

Johann Sebastian Bach Cantata No. 147, "Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben," BWV 147. (Choral: "Jesu Bleibet Meine Freude" ["Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring"]) Dinu Lipatti, piano. "Great Recordings of The Century". Angel Classics 67003.

Frédéric Chopin "Mazurka", Op. 17, No. 4 in A Minor . Artur Rubinstein, Piano. RCA Red Seal 7863-55614-2.

Gustav Mahler Symphony No. 9 . (Excerpt from "Rondo-burlesque" and Finale). Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Sir Georg Solti. London 430 804-2.

Richard Strauss Der Rosenkavalier. Act III, Final Trio. Philharmonia Orchestra and Chorus. Herbert von Karajan. Teresa Stich-Randall, Sophie; Christa Ludwig, Octavian; Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Marschallin. EMI Classics 5 67609 2.

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