Howard's Day Off - December 10 2016 (Century-Old Music)

Dec 10, 2016

---FIRST HALF HOUR---

:04—Kurt Atterberg (1887-1974): “Sun Smoke,” from Symphony No. 3 in D major, “West Coast Pictures,” 1916, Ari Rsilainen, Hanover Radio Philharmonic [CPO 999 640].

:13—Arnold Bax (1883-1953): “The Garden of Fand,” 1916, David Lloyd-Jones, Scottish National Orchestra [Naxos 557599].

---SECOND HALF HOUR---

:30—Franz Schreker (1878-1934): Chamber Symphony for 23 Solo Instruments,  Michael Gielen, Berlin Radio Symphony [Schwann 11618]. Written for the Vienna Academy in 1916 and pre-figures a lot of movie music written by Austrian expats much later.

:55—Frederick Delius (1862-1934): Violin Concerto, 1916, finale, Tasmin Little, violin w/Andrew Davis, BBC Symphony (Chados 5094].

---THIRD HALF HOUR---

:04—Manuel De Falla (1876-1946): “Ritual Fire Dance,” from “El amor brujo,” Rafael Fruhbeck de Burgos, New Philharmonia [Decca 289 466 128]. Composed in 1915, premiered in 1916, revised in 1917, so we’ll call it a century old.

:09—Ottorino Respighi (1879-1936): "Trevi at Midday," from “The Fountains of Rome,” 1916, Charles Dutoit, Montreal Symphony [London 410 145].

:13—Carl Nielsen (1865-1931): Symphony No. 4, “The Inextinguishable,” finale, 1916,  Andrew Davis, BBC Symphony [Virgin 91210].

:22—Claude Debussy (1862-1918): Sonata for Flute, Viola and Harp, finale, Jean-Pierre Rampal, flute; Pierre Pasquier, viola; Lily Laskine, harp [Erato 6105]. Premiered Nov. 7, 1916, at a private event in Boston, then in Paris in December at the home of Debussy’s publisher.

---FOURTH HALF HOUR---

:30—Jean Sibelius: Symphony No. 5, in E flat major, finale, Alexander Gibson, Scottish National Orchestra [Chandos 8388]. Commissioned by the Finnish government as a 50th birthday gesture to the composer. Premiered Dec. 1915, revised, premiered again Dec. 1916.

(TRICK QUESTION: IS THIS MUSIC A CENTURY OLD?)

:40—Hubert Parry: “Jerusalem,” 1916, Emerson Lake & Palmer [Rhino 72459]. The words are from a William Blake poem.

:43—Paul Hindemith (1895-1963): “Lustige Sinfonietta,” Op. 4, 1916, intermezzo,  Werner Andreas Albert, Queensland Symphony of Brisbane [CPO 999 005]. “Lustige” means “Joyful.” In 1916 Hindemith turned 21 and still had hair.

:47—Frank Bridge (1879-1941) “Cherry Ripe,” 1916, David Lloyd-Jones, English Northern Sinfonia [Naxos 555068]. “Cherry Ripe” was an old English tune; Bridge’s arrangement was from 1916.

:51—Louis Prima: “Just a Gigolo/I Ain’t Got Nobody,” with Keely Smith with Sam Butera & the Witnesses [Capitol 70225]. “I Ain’t Got Nobody” was published in 1916 but there seem to have been competing copyrights, some older.

:56—Dirty Dozen: “Lil Liza Jane.” Also from 1916.