Exploring Music Playlist: I Hear a Rhapsody
Exploring Music Playlist: I Hear a Rhapsody

May 27th, 2024

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IWe’ve borrowed our title from the 1941 jazz standard, but what is a rhapsody? In music, Grove defines a rhapsody as “an episodic instrumental composition of indefinite form”. The word originates in the epic poetry of Ancient Greece, although the musical origins are traced back only as far as humble ballads in 18th century Hausmusik. Rhapsodies came to be based on popular and folk melodies, and composers in the 19th century began writing rhapsodies for chamber music and large-scale nationalistic orchestral epics. There are Hungarian Rhapsodies, Slavonic Rhapsodies, Blue Rhapsodies, Rhapsodies of Fire, and Bohemian Rhapsodies. Spend a week with us as Bill riffs on rhapsodies.

Playlist

Episode 1

Gustav Holst: A Somerset Rhapsody
Bournemouth Sinfonietta/Norman Del Mar
Holst: Planets, Somerset Rhapsody
EMI Seraphim 73733
9:40

Antonin Dvořák: Rhapsody in A Minor Op. 14
Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra/Libor Pešek
Dvorak: Rhapsody & Slavonic Rhapsodies
Naxos 8550610
17:37

Johannes Brahms: Four Piano Pieces, Op. 119
Rhapsodie in E-flat Major, Op. 119, No. 4
Murray Perahia, piano
Brahms: Handel Variations Op. 24;
Rhapsodies Op. 79; Piano Pieces Opp. 118 & 119
Sony 779469
5:23

Bela Bartok: Rhapsody No. 1 for Violin and Piano
Joseph Szigeti, Béla Bartók
A Sonata Recital by Joseph Szigeti & Béla Bartók
Vanguard 1583
9:15

Franz Liszt: Hungarian Rhapsody No. 6 In D Flat, S 244
Martha Argerich, piano
Liszt, Schumann: Piano Sonatas; Brahms: Rhapsodies
DG 437252
6:26

Episode 2

Joaquín Turina: Rapsodia Sinfonica
Alicia de Larrocha; London Philharmonic Orchestra/Rafael Fruhbeck de Burgos
Falla, Albeniz, Turina / De Larrocha, Fruhbeck De Burgos
Decca 410289
18:04

Isaac Albéniz: Rapsodia Española
Orch. Cristobel Halffter/Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos
Falla, Albeniz, Turina / De Larrocha, Fruhbeck De Burgos
Decca 410289
9:07

Franz Liszt: Rhapsodie Espagnole, S 254
Stephen Hough, piano
Stephen Hough – Liszt: Spanish Rhapsody & Hungarian Rhapsody No. 12
Masterclass Media Foundation MMF2025
13:21

Emmanuel Chabrier: España
Philharmonia Orchestra/Herbert Von Karajan
Liszt: Mephisto Waltz
Virgin Classics 61129
6:02

Episode 3

Ernö Dohnányi: Rhapsody in F-Sharp, Op 11, No 3
Balint Vazsonyi
Dohnányi At The Piano
Hungaroton 12085-86
5:57

Alexander MacKenzie: Scotch Rhapsody
No. 2, Op. 24 – “I Coft A Stane O’ Haslock Woo”

Martyn Brabbins: BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Mackenzie: The Cricket On The Hearth
Helios 55395
5:02

Alexander Mackenzie: Scotch Rhapsody
No. 2, Op. 24 – “She’s Faire & Fause”

Martyn Brabbins: BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Mackenzie: The Cricket On The Hearth
Helios 55395
5:27

Alan Hovhaness: Armenian Rhapsody No. 3, Op. 189
Alan Hovhaness: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Music Of Hovhaness Vol 4
Crystal 804
5:43

Francis Poulenc: Rapsodie Nègre
1. Prélude, 4. Pastorale

Anne Sofie Von Otter; Bengt Forsberg, piano
La Bonne Chanson – French Chamber Songs
DG 447752
2:14, 1:52

Ernest Bloch: Schelomo
(Hebraic Rhapsody For Solo Cello & Large Orchestra)

Yo-Yo Ma; Miguel Harth-Bedoya: Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Traditions & Transformations
CSO Resound 901801
22:44

Episode 4

Maurice Ravel: Rapsodie Espagnole
Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra/Claudio Abbado
The Berlin Gala – A Salute To Carmen
DG 457583
15:53

Niccolò Paganini: Caprice No. 24 in A Minor: 
Tema con Variazioni (Quasi Presto)
Michael Rabin, violin
Niccolò Paganini: 24 Caprices for Solo Violin, Opus1
Classical Moments
4:41

Sergei Rachmaninov: Rhapsody On A Theme Of Paganini,
Op. 43 – Introduction

Sergei Rachmaninov, piano
Rachmaninoff Plays Rachmaninoff – The 4 Piano Concertos
RCA 61658
22:09

Georges Enescu: First Romanian Rhapsody
Leopold Stokowski, piano
Rhapsodies – Liszt, Enesco, Smetana
RCA 67903
11:42

Niccolò Paganini: Caprice No. 24 in A Minor –
Tema con Variazioni (Quasi Presto)

Michael Rabin, violin
Niccolò Paganini: 24 Caprices for Solo Violin, Opus1
Classical Moments
4:41

Episode 5

Claude Debussy: Première Rhapsodie: Rêveusement Lent
Franklin Cohen, Pierre Boulez & Cleveland Orchestra
Debussy: La Mer, Nocturnes
DG 439896
8:33

Ralph Vaughan Williams: Norfolk Rhapsody No. 1
London Philharmonic Orchestra/Bernard Haitink
Vaughan Williams: Norfolk Rhapsody No 1
Chandos 9775
11:36

Franz Liszt: Hungarian Rhapsodies S. 244: No. 11 in A Minor
Gyorgy Cziffra
Liszt – The Piano Collection
Warner Classics 27180
5:10

George Gershwin: Rhapsody In Blue
Columbia Symphony Orchestra/Leonard Bernstein
Rhapsody In Blue / An American In Paris
CBS 37242
16:31

Freddie Mercury: Bohemian Rhapsody
Queen
Bohemian Rhapsody
Hollywood Records 64794
5:55

Dick Gasparre, George Fragos, and Jack Baker: I Hear a Rhapsody
Bill Evans & Jim Hall
Undercurrent
BlueNote 90583
4:40