Duke Ellington's classic "In a Sentimental Mood" sets the stage for an evening of nostalgic moments. Our soundtrack for a journey down memory lane includes works by Bach, Janacek, De Falla and others.
"In a sentimental mood, I'm within a world so heavenly, for I never dreamt that you'd be loving sentimental me" goes the standard by Duke Ellington. Those words could not be more fitting for our evening. Vittorio Monti's Csárdás requires a hefty amount of sentimentality and bravura, mustered out of the violin with flair and schmaltz by violin virtuoso Maxim Vengerov. Hazel Scott was a nostalgic artist, often visiting older classical works and adding her unique "swing" feel. We sample her interpretation of DeFalla's Ritual Fire Dance.
Many celebrated works of Johann Sebastian Bach are programmatic, but he never composed an opera per se. His earliest surviving example of programmatic writing is his Capriccio in B-flat, "On the Departure of a Brother," BWV 992. Orphaned at age 10, soon thereafter Bach was faced with his brother's entrance into the service of King Charles XII of Sweden in 1704. Composed in six movements, Bach paints a musical picture of the many emotions and events that happen leading up to a loved ones departure.
Also on this week's show, works by John Adams, Jules Massenet, and much more.
Vengerov & Virtuosi
Maxim Vengerov, violin; Vag Papian, piano
Ritual Fire Dance
Manuel De Falla
Hazel Scott, piano
Jose van Dam, bass-baritone; Jean-Philippe Collard, piano
Art Tatum, piano
Dominic Frasca, guitar
In a Sentimental Mood
Art Tatum, piano
Gamelan Son Of Lion
Capriccio in B-flat, "On the Departure of a Brother," BWV 992
Johann Sebastian Bach
Angela Hewitt, piano
Piano Sonata, "1.X.1905"
Andras Schiff, piano
Symphony for Strings, "Voices"
Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra
Juha Kangas, conductor
Im Getting Sentimental Over You
Charles Mingus, piano
"Naive and Sentimental Music": 'Mother of the Man'
Los Angeles Philharmonic
Esa-Pekka Salonen, conductor
David Tanenbaum, guitar
Kanon Pokajanen: Prayer
Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir
Tonu Kaljuste, conductor