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Classical Notes: April 27, 2011 Archive

Spring Playlist Pt. 2

Posted at 6:45 AM on April 27, 2011 by ClassicalMPR

Our second installment in a series of suggestions for your spring paylist includes some familiar names, but you might also hear something new, like Prince Gustaf or Hugo Wolf. Who doesn't love Prelude to the Afternoon of Faun or the opening to Beethoven's Symphony No. 6? Check out these tracks and add them to your library! Also, don't forget to take a look at the first part of our Spring Playlist.

Claude Debussy: Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun
A charming flute begins this warm picture of a lazy afternoon.

Prince Gustaf: Merry as a Bird
Edvard Grieg: Lyric Pieces: "To Spring," "The Little Bird" and "Butterfly"
The Scandinavians, like Prince Gustaf of Sweden and Edvard Grieg of Norway, really know how to celebrate the end of winter.

Ottorino Respighi: The Birds
It's a sure sign of spring when the robins, goldfinches and bluebirds are back in town. Respighi's orchestral birdcalls perfectly set the mood for an afternoon of bird watching along the Mississippi.

Hugo Wolf: Er ist's!
It's here! It's finally Springtime! (Let's hope so, anyway.)

Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 6 "Pastoral": 1st movement
Even if Beethoven hadn't given titles to the movements of his "Pastoral" symphony (this one is "Awakening of cheerful feelings upon arrival in the country"), this music would still have the welcoming tone of a new adventure.