Secret Gardens

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No occupation is so delightful to me as the culture of the earth, and no culture comparable to that of the garden.” – Thomas Jefferson

Rock, hanging, vegetable... kitchen, herb and shade. Gardens come in all shapes, sizes and configurations. Some are grown for practical reasons, others for aesthetic. This week on All Ears, it’s a tour of one of the loveliest varieties of garden: musical.

Old and new, near and far, secret and public, guest host Lauren Rico explores the beautiful delights that composers and songwriters have nurtured over the centuries. 




I Used to Do

Raise the Flag

Brassland Records HWY-021  


Debussy, Claude: Préludes, Book 2: no 5, Bruyères

Vladimir Horowitz, piano

Sony 89669


Delius, Frederic: The Walk to the Paradise Garden (A Village Romeo and Juliet)

David Lloyd-Jones, Royal Scottish National Orchestra

Naxos 8578102


Meyer, Edgar: In the Garden

Edgar Meyer, bass  Bela Fleck, banjo 

Sony 62891


Korngold, Erich Wolfgang: Scene in the Garden (from Much Ado About Nothing)

Gil Shaham, violin  Rohan da Silva, piano

Deutsche Grammophon 439886


Britten, Benjamin: Five Flower Songs

Paul Spicer, The Finzi Singers

Chandos 10771


Secret Garden: Songs for a Secret Garden”

Secret Garden


K2 hd  726


Traditional: Down by the Salley Gardens

Kathleen Ferrier, contralto

Regis 1057

Ketelbey, Albert  In a Monastery Garden

Eric Rogers, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

Decca 444786


Robert Schumann: Die Rose, die Lilie, die Taube, die Sonne (from Dichterliebe)

Wolfgang Holzmair, baritone

Decca 001735202


Puccini, Giacomo: Crisantemi

Budapest Strings

Capriccio 10718


Faure, Gabriel: Les Roses d'Ispahan, Op.39, No.4

Kathleen Battle, soprano  James Levine, piano

Deutsche Grammophon 445524


Goldman, Harvey- Garden of Prayers

Harvey Goldman, all instruments

CD Baby 5637617563


von Ziegler, Adrian : The Secret Garden

Adrian von Ziegler, all instruments

CD Baby 885767993198


da Falla, Manuel: Nights in the Gardens of Spain

Arthur Rubinstein, piano  

Eugene Ormandy, Philadelphia Orchestra

RCA Red Seal LSC-3165 (vinyl)


Lauridsen, Morten- Les Chansons des Roses 

Paul Salamunovich, Los Angeles Master Chorale

RCM 19705


Starr, Ringo: Octopus’s Garden

Ofra Harnoy, cello

Orford String Quartet

RCA 68376