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The Four Seasons - A Musical Calendar of Favorite Classics

Album Summary

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Concerto for Violin in E major, Op. 8 no 1/RV 269 "Primavera"
>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : The lark ascending
>Goldmark, Karl [Composer] : Im Frühling, overture for orchestra, Op 36
>Mendelssohn, Felix : Song Without Words for piano no 30 in A major ("Frühlingslied"), Op. 62/6
>Sibelius, Jean : Spring Song (Vårsång), tone poem for orchestra, Op. 16
>Copland, Aaron : Appalachian Spring, concert suite for 13 instruments
>Schumann, Robert : Symphony no 1 in B flat major ("Spring"), Op. 38
>Mahler, Gustav : Symphony no 1 in D major "Titan"
>Grieg, Edvard : Våren (Last Spring), elegiac melody for orchestra (or piano) no 2, Op. 34/2
>Piazzolla, Astor : Primavera porteña, tango (incl. in Cuatro estaciones porteñas [The Four Seasons])
>Daquin, Louis-Claude : Le Coucou, rondeau for harpsichord in E minor (Pièces de clavecin, Suite no 3)
>Anderson, Leroy : The First Day of Spring, for orchestra
>Strauss II (Junior), Johann : Frühlingsstimmen (Voices of Spring), waltz for orchestra (with voice ad lib), Op. 410 (RV 410)
>Vivaldi, Antonio : Concerto for Violin in G minor, Op. 8 no 2/RV 315 "L'estate"
>Mendelssohn, Felix : A Midsummer Night's Dream
>Prokofiev, Sergey : Summer Night, suite for orchestra, Op. 123
>Alfvén, Hugo [Composer] : Swedish Rhapsody no 1, for orchestra ("Midsommarvaka"), Op. 19
>Delius, Frederick : Pieces (2) for Small Orchestra
>Piazzolla, Astor : Verano porteño, tango (incl. in Cuatro estaciones porteñas [The Four Seasons])
>Gershwin, George : Porgy and Bess
>Honegger, Arthur : Pastorale d'été, symphonic poem for chamber orchestra, H. 31
>Anderson, Leroy : Summer Skies, for orchestra
>Vivaldi, Antonio : Autumn (The Four Seasons)
>Grieg, Edvard : I host (In Autumn), concert overture for orchestra, Op. 11
>Glazunov, Alexander : The Seasons, Op. 67
>Sibelius, Jean : The Tempest
>Debussy, Claude : Preludes, Book 2
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Symphony no 6 in F major, Op. 68 "Pastoral"
>Grainger, Percy : Harvest Hymn, for orchestra (elastic scoring) with voices ad lib.
>Piazzolla, Astor : Otoño porteño, tango (incl. in Cuatro estaciones porteñas [The Four Seasons])
>Mendelssohn, Felix : Song Without Words for piano no 3 in A major ("Jägerlied"), Op. 19b/3
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Quartet for Strings no 17 in B flat major, K 458 "Hunt"
>Milhaud, Darius : Concertino d'automne, for 2 pianos & 8 instruments, Op. 309
>Strauss II (Junior), Johann : Cagliostro in Wien
>Vivaldi, Antonio : Concerto for Violin in F major, Op. 8 no 3/RV 293 "L'autunno"
>Manfredini, Francesco : Concerti grossi (12), Op. 3
>Haydn, Franz Joseph : The Seasons
>Waldteufel, Emile : Les Patineurs Valse ("Skater's Waltz"), Op. 183
>Debussy, Claude : Children's Corner
>Debussy, Claude : Préludes, Book 1
>Handel, George Frideric : Messiah, HWV 56, Oratorio
>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Symphony no 1 in G minor, Op. 13 "Winter daydreams"
>Piazzolla, Astor : Invierno porteño, tango (incl. in Cuatro estaciones porteñas [The Four Seasons])
>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Les saisons, Op. 37b
>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71a
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : German Dances (3), K 605
>Anderson, Leroy : Sleigh Ride
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>Vivaldi, Antonio : Concerto for Violin in E major, Op. 8 no 1/RV 269 "Primavera"
  • Performer: Gidon Kremer (Violin)
  • Conductor: Claudio Abbado
  • Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 9 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1725

>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : The lark ascending
  • Performer: Pinchas Zukerman (Violin)
  • Conductor: Daniel Barenboim
  • Ensemble: English Chamber Orchestra
  • Running Time: 13 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1914

>Goldmark, Karl [Composer] : Im Frühling, overture for orchestra, Op 36
  • Conductor: Arthur Fiedler
  • Ensemble: Boston Pops
  • Running Time: 9 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1888

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Song Without Words for piano no 30 in A major ("Frühlingslied"), Op. 62/6
  • Performer: Daniel Barenboim (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 06/01/1842

>Sibelius, Jean : Spring Song (Vårsång), tone poem for orchestra, Op. 16
  • Conductor: Neeme Järvi
  • Running Time: 7 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1894

>Copland, Aaron : Appalachian Spring, concert suite for 13 instruments :: Simple Gifts
  • Running Time: 3 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1972

>Schumann, Robert : Symphony no 1 in B flat major ("Spring"), Op. 38 :: 2. Larghetto
  • Conductor: Daniel Barenboim
  • Ensemble: English Chamber Orchestra
  • Running Time: 7 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1841

>Mahler, Gustav : Symphony no 1 in D major "Titan"
  • Conductor: Seiji Ozawa
  • Ensemble: Boston Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 5 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: circa 1888

>Grieg, Edvard : Våren (Last Spring), elegiac melody for orchestra (or piano) no 2, Op. 34/2
  • Conductor: Neeme Järvi
  • Notes: Composition written: 1880.
  • Running Time: 4 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1880

>Piazzolla, Astor : Primavera porteña, tango (incl. in Cuatro estaciones porteñas [The Four Seasons])
  • Performer: Göran Söllscher (Guitar)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1970

>Daquin, Louis-Claude : Le Coucou, rondeau for harpsichord in E minor (Pièces de clavecin, Suite no 3)
  • Performers: Michael Copley; Dag Ingram (Accordion)
  • Ensemble: Cambridge Buskers
  • Running Time: 2 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: circa 1735

>Anderson, Leroy : The First Day of Spring, for orchestra
  • Conductor: Frederick Fennell
  • Ensemble: Eastman-Rochester Pops
  • Running Time: 2 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1954

>Strauss II (Junior), Johann : Frühlingsstimmen (Voices of Spring), waltz for orchestra (with voice ad lib), Op. 410 (RV 410)
  • Conductor: Lorin Maazel
  • Ensemble: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 6 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Waltz
  • Written: 1883

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Concerto for Violin in G minor, Op. 8 no 2/RV 315 "L'estate"
  • Performer: Pinchas Zukerman (Violin)
  • Conductor: Zubin Mehta
  • Ensemble: Israel Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 10 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1725

>Mendelssohn, Felix : A Midsummer Night's Dream
  • Conductor: Rafael Kubelik
  • Ensemble: Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 11 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1843

>Mendelssohn, Felix : A Midsummer Night's Dream :: no 1. Scherzo. Allegro vivace
  • Conductor: Rafael Kubelik
  • Ensemble: Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 4 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1843

>Mendelssohn, Felix : A Midsummer Night's Dream :: no 7. Notturno. Con moto tranquillo
  • Conductor: Rafael Kubelik
  • Ensemble: Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 5 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1843

>Mendelssohn, Felix : A Midsummer Night's Dream :: no 9. Wedding March. Allegro vivace
  • Conductor: Rafael Kubelik
  • Ensemble: Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 4 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1843

>Prokofiev, Sergey : Summer Night, suite for orchestra, Op. 123 :: Minuet
  • Conductor: Mikhail Pletnev
  • Ensemble: Russian National Orchestra
  • Running Time: 2 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1950

>Alfvén, Hugo [Composer] : Swedish Rhapsody no 1, for orchestra ("Midsommarvaka"), Op. 19
  • Conductor: Neeme Järvi
  • Running Time: 12 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1903

>Delius, Frederick : Pieces (2) for Small Orchestra
  • Conductor: Daniel Barenboim
  • Ensemble: English Chamber Orchestra
  • Notes: Composition written: 1911.
  • Running Time: 5 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1911

>Piazzolla, Astor : Verano porteño, tango (incl. in Cuatro estaciones porteñas [The Four Seasons])
  • Performer: Göran Söllscher (Guitar)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1965

>Gershwin, George : Porgy and Bess :: Summertime / A Woman is a Sometime Thing
  • Performers: Akira Eguchi (Piano); Gil Shaham (Violin)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1935

>Honegger, Arthur : Pastorale d'été, symphonic poem for chamber orchestra, H. 31
  • Conductor: Michel Plasson
  • Ensemble: Toulouse Capitole Orchestra
  • Running Time: 9 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1920

>Anderson, Leroy : Summer Skies, for orchestra
  • Conductor: Frederick Fennell
  • Ensemble: Eastman-Rochester Pops
  • Running Time: 3 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1938

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Autumn (The Four Seasons)
  • Performer: Shlomo Mintz (Violin)
  • Conductor: Zubin Mehta
  • Ensemble: Israel Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 10 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1725

>Grieg, Edvard : I host (In Autumn), concert overture for orchestra, Op. 11
  • Conductor: Neeme Järvi
  • Running Time: 11 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1886

>Glazunov, Alexander : The Seasons, Op. 67 :: Autumn
  • Conductor: Ernest Ansermet
  • Ensemble: Suisse Romande Orchestra
  • Running Time: 9 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1899

>Sibelius, Jean : The Tempest :: Suite no 1, for orchestra, Op. 109/2
  • Conductor: Jussi Jalas
  • Ensemble: Hungarian State Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 2 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1927

>Debussy, Claude : Préludes, Book 2
  • Performer: Dino Ciani (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1910-1912

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Symphony no 6 in F major, Op. 68 "Pastoral" :: 5. Hirtengesang. Frohe und dankbare Gefühle nach dem
  • Conductor: Lorin Maazel
  • Ensemble: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 9 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1808

>Grainger, Percy : Harvest Hymn, for orchestra (elastic scoring) with voices ad lib.
  • Conductor: Sir Marriner
  • Ensemble: Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
  • Running Time: 3 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: ?/?1905-01/1933

>Piazzolla, Astor : Otoño porteño, tango (incl. in Cuatro estaciones porteñas [The Four Seasons])
  • Performer: Göran Söllscher (Guitar)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1969

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Song Without Words for piano no 3 in A major ("Jägerlied"), Op. 19b/3
  • Performer: Daniel Barenboim (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 09/14/1829

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Quartet for Strings no 17 in B flat major, K 458 "Hunt" :: 1. Allegro vivo assai
  • Running Time: 8 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1784

>Milhaud, Darius : Concertino d'automne, for 2 pianos & 8 instruments, Op. 309
  • Performers: Geneviève Bonneau (Piano); Jacqueline Bonneau (Piano)
  • Conductor: Darius Milhaud
  • Ensemble: Soloists of the Lamoureux Concert Association Orch
  • Running Time: 9 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1951

>Strauss II (Junior), Johann : Cagliostro in Wien :: Auf der Jagd
  • Conductor: Claudio Abbado
  • Ensemble: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Notes: Composition written: 1875.
  • Running Time: 2 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1875

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Concerto for Violin in F major, Op. 8 no 3/RV 293 "L'autunno"
  • Performer: Gil Shaham (Violin)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1725

>Manfredini, Francesco : Concerti grossi (12), Op. 3 :: 1. Pastorale (Largo)
  • Conductor: Rudolf Baumgartner
  • Ensemble: Lucerne Festival Strings
  • Running Time: 4 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Orchestral

>Haydn, Franz Joseph : The Seasons :: Introduction to "The Winter"
  • Conductor: Karl Böhm
  • Notes: Composition written: 1801.
  • Running Time: 2 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1801

>Waldteufel, Emile : Les Patineurs Valse ("Skater's Waltz"), Op. 183
  • Conductor: Neeme Järvi
  • Running Time: 8 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Waltz
  • Written: 1882

>Debussy, Claude : Children's Corner
  • Performer: Jörg Demus (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1906-1908

>Debussy, Claude : Préludes, Book 1
  • Performer: Dino Ciani (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1909

>Handel, George Frideric : Messiah, HWV 56, Oratorio :: Part 1. no 13. Pifa (Pastoral Symphony)
  • Conductor: Karl Richter
  • Ensemble: London Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 3 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1741

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Symphony no 1 in G minor, Op. 13 "Winter daydreams" :: 2. O land of gloom, O land of mist!
  • Conductor: Michael Thomas
  • Ensemble: Boston Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 10 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1866

>Piazzolla, Astor : Invierno porteño, tango (incl. in Cuatro estaciones porteñas [The Four Seasons])
  • Performer: Göran Söllscher (Guitar)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: circa 1969

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Les saisons, Op. 37b :: December (Christmas)
  • Conductor: Richard Bonynge
  • Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 4 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1875-1876

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71a :: Act 1. Tableau 2. no 8. Scène. Andante
  • Conductor: Seiji Ozawa
  • Ensemble: Boston Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 4 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1892

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71a :: no 9. Valse des flocons de neige. Tempo di Valse, ma con moto - Presto
  • Conductor: Seiji Ozawa
  • Ensemble: Boston Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 6 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1892

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248 :: Shepherd's Music
  • Conductor: Arthur Fiedler
  • Ensemble: Boston Pops
  • Running Time: 7 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1734

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : German Dances (3), K 605
  • Conductor: Arthur Fiedler
  • Ensemble: Boston Pops
  • Running Time: 2 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1791

>Anderson, Leroy : Sleigh Ride
  • Conductor: Arthur Fiedler
  • Ensemble: Boston Pops
  • Running Time: 2 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1948