Exploring Music Playlist: Symphony, Part V
Exploring Music Playlist: Symphony, Part V

November 7th, 2022

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This week we are continuing a theme that has fascinated Bill Mclaughlin for many years—the development of the symphony. In this fifth instalment of our series, we will be listening to four symphonic composers born in the 1860s and 1870s. These are beautiful, surprising works by Jean Sibelius, Carl Nielsen, Sergei Rachmaninov and Charles Ives.

Monday, October 31

Nielsen, Carl: Symphony No. 2 in B Minor, Op. 16, I. (excerpt)
Royal Scottish Orchestra/Bryden Thompson
Nielsen: Symphonies No 1 and 2
Chandos 8880
00:46

Nielsen, Carl: Symphony No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 7, I.
Royal Scottish Orchestra/Bryden Thompson
Nielsen: Symphonies No 1 and 2
Chandos 8880
8:58

Rachmaninoff, Sergei: Symphony No. 1 in D Minor, Op. 13, I.
St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra/Jansons
Symphony No. 1 – The Isle Of The Dead
EMI 85459
14:07

Ives, Charles: Symphony No. 1, I.
Chicago Symphony Orchestra/Michael Tilson Thomas
Symphonies Nos. 1 and 4
Sony 44939
11:43

Sibelius, Jean: Symphony No. 1 in E Minor, Op. 39, I.
Halle Orchestra/Sir John Barbirolli
Symphony No.1 In E Minor, Symphony No. 5 In E Flat
EMI 64139
11:48

Nielsen, Carl: “The Fog is Lifting”
James Galway, flute; Sioned Williams, harpsichord
James Galway Plays Nielsen
RCA G010000938088K
2:06

Tuesday, November 1
Sibelius, Jean: Symphony No.2 in D, Op. 43, I. (excerpt)
Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra/George Szell
Symphony No. 5 – Symphony No. 2
Phil 420 771
1:08

Sibelius, Jean: Symphony No.2 in D, Op. 43, III. IV. (excerpt)
Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra/George Szell
Symphony No. 5 – Symphony No. 2
Phil 420 771
15:14

Nielsen, Carl: Symphony No. 2 “The Four Temperaments”
I. (excerpt)

Royal Scottish Orchestra/Bryden Thompson
Nielsen: Symphonies No 1 & 2
Chandos 8880
:41

Nielsen, Carl: Symphony No. 2 “The Four Temperaments”
II. (excerpt)

Royal Scottish Orchestra/Bryden Thompson
Nielsen: Symphonies No 1 & 2
Chandos 8880
1:09

Nielsen, Carl: Symphony No. 2 “The Four Temperaments”
III. (excerpt)

Royal Scottish Orchestra/Bryden Thompson
Nielsen: Symphonies No 1 & 2
Chandos 8880
:38

Nielsen, Carl: Symphony No. 2 “The Four Temperaments”
IV. (excerpt)

Royal Scottish Orchestra/Bryden Thompson
Nielsen: Symphonies No 1 & 2
Chandos 8880
6:44

Rachmaninoff, Sergei: Symphony No. 2 in E Minor, Op. 27
III. Adagio

Russian National Orchestra/Mikhail Pletnev
Rachmaninov • Symphony No. 2 – The Rock • Der Fels • Le Rocher
DG 439 888
12:14

Ives, Charles: Symphony No. 2, V.
New York Philharmonic Orchestra/Leonard Bernstein
Symphony No. 2 • Central Park in The Dark • The Unanswered Question • Tone Roads No. 1
DG 429220
10:05

Wednesday, November 2
Ives, Charles: Symphony No. 3, “The Camp Meeting” 
I. (excerpt)

Orpheus Chamber Orchestra
A Set Of Pieces – Music By Charles Ives
DG 439 869 2
1:53

Ives, Charles: Symphony No. 3, The Camp Meeting
III. Finalé

Orpheus Chamber Orchestra
A Set Of Pieces – Music By Charles Ives
DG 439 869 2
7:53

Nielsen, Carl: Symphony No. 3, Op. 27, “Sinfonia Espansiva”
II. Andante

Royal Danish Orchestra/Berglund
Symphony No. 3 “Sinfonia Espansiva” / Symphony No. 6 “Sinfonia Semplice”
RCA 60427-2
8:25

Sibelius, Jean: Symphony No. 4 in A Minor, Op. 63, I.
Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra/Herbert von Karajan
Symphonien Nos. 4-7 / Der Schwan Von Tuonela · Tapiola
DG 457 748 2
10:01

Nielsen, Carl: Symphony No. 4, Op. 29, “The Inextinguishable”
I. IV.

BBC Symphony/Sir Colin Davis
Nielsen: Symphonies Nos. 1-6
LSO Live LSO 0789
20:04

Nielsen, Carl: Symphony No. 3, Op. 27, “Sinfonia Espansiva”
II. (excerpt)

Royal Danish Orchestra/Berglund
Symphony No. 3 “Sinfonia Espansiva” / Symphony No. 6 “Sinfonia Semplice”
RCA 60427-2
3:35

Thursday, November 3
Ives, Charles: Symphony No. 4, I. Prelude
Chicago Symphony Orchestra/Michael Tilson Thomas
Symphonies Nos. 1 and 4
Sony 44939
3:49

Nielsen, Carl: Symphony No. 5, Op. 50
I. Tempo giusto, adagio ma non troppo

Danish Radio Symphony/Rafael Kubelik
Symphony No. 5
EMI 65182
21:27

Sibelius, Jean: Symphony No. 5 in E-flat Major, Op. 82, I.
Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra/Paavo Berglund
Symphonies Nos.5-7, Tone Poems
EMI 68646-2
13:41

Sibelius, Jean: Symphony No. 5 in E-flat Major, Op. 82, III.
Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra/Paavo Berglund
Symphonies Nos.5-7, Tone Poems
EMI 68646-2
8:50

Sibelius, Jean: Pelléas & Mélisande (excerpt)
English Chamber Orchestra/William Boughton
Sibelius: Pelleas et Melisande / Rakastava / Valse Triste Works For Small Orchestra
Nimbus 5169
2:00

Friday, November 4
Sibelius, Jean: Symphony No. 7 (excerpt)
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/Sir Thomas Beecham
BBC Legends 4041
:13

Sibelius, Jean: Symphony No. 7
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/Sir Thomas Beecham
BBC Legends 4041
19:55

Rachmaninoff, Sergei: Symphony No. 3 in A Minor, Op. 44, II.  III.
The Philadelphia Orchestra/Christoph Eschenbach
The Philadelphia Orchestra
25:04

Rachmaninoff, Sergei: Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom, Op. 31
X. “We Praise Thee,” “Izhe heruvímï” (The Cherubic Hymn)
The Sixteen/Christophers
IKON – Music for the Spirit & Soul
Decca 000682502
7:19