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Classical Notes: July 18, 2011 Archive

Roll Credits: July 18, 2011 - The Music that Delights

Posted at 10:38 AM on July 18, 2011 by ClassicalMPR (4 Comments)
Filed under: Roll Credits

The theme for Monday night's Roll Credits (our weekly show about the music in movies) is the music that delights. Lynne and Bill will play some instances where the music is better than the movie... or the opening sequence is the best part... or scenes from a movie, which wouldn't be the same without the music. Get a sneak peek, and see what the audience picked too.



Maurice Jarre - Lawrence of Arabia: Main Titles; Arrival at Auda's Camp
Maurice Jarre, conductor
Royal Philharmonic
Sony 42307

Mikis Theodorakis - Theme from Zorba the Greek
Erich Kunzel, conductor
Concinnati Pops
Telarc 80319

Alfred Newman - Airport
Charles Gearhardt, conductor
National Philharmonic
RCA 0184

Georges Auric - Theme from Moulin Rouge
Arthur Fiedler, conductor
Boston pops
RCA 60392

Anton Karas - Third Man Theme
Andre Rieu, conductor
Johann Strauss Orchestra
Philips 314 522 933

Schwartz-Dietz - Day after Day
Princeton Triangle Orchestra
James Stewart, vocal
ProArte 509

Jerome Kern/Ira Gershwin - Long Ago and Far Away
Jo Stafford, vocal
GVC 2003

Alan Silvestri - Back to the Future
Erich Kunzel, conductor
Cincinnati Pops
Telarc 80146

Nino Rota - Walking the Gangplank from "8 1/2"
Riccardo Muti, conductor
La Scala Philharmonic
Sony 63359

Nino Rota - What Is a Youth? from Romeo and Juliet
Original Soundtrack Recording

Franz Waxman - Taras Bulba
Charles Gearhardt, conductor
National Philharmonic
RCA 708


Bill Morelock starts us off, with a classic: The Third Man Theme is vastly more familiar than the content of the movies:

Franklin Erich H. via Facebook:
Alexander Nevesky. I have seen the movie it is awful but Prokofiev's score is marvelous.

Sofia A. via Facebook:
Bernard Herrmann- North by Northwest (Hitchcock) (though now I guess it's North by Delta), Nino Rota- 8 1/2 (Fellini), Francesco Lavagnino and Alberto Bargeris- Othello (Welles)

Robert G. of Minneapolis writes:
"The White Tree" which emblazons the lighting of the pyres across mountain tops to call the Rohirrim to the aid of Gondor. Without this stirring sequence beginning ominously with a melancholy choir then evolving into a pizzicato theme driven higher & higher & higher to a hair raising crescendo it would have simply been imagery of mountains tops.

Ron M. of Bloomington writes:
The accompaning score for Margaret Hamilton as both Miss Gulch and the Wicked Witch of the West as seen, first as Miss Gulch rides to the farm to take Toto, and then in Dorothy's dream as the house spins is almost chilling--more so once you've seen the whole film. And what a classic cackle.
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Kerstin V. of Duluth writes:
In the scene directly following Gandalf's death the song Bridge of Khazad-dun plays. The soaring vocals of Renée Flemming add a piercing sorrow to the scene that visuals alone couldn't convey.

Anne Amanda K., via Facebook:
The Hardanger fiddle parts of The Lord of the Rings soundtrack are extraordinary.

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Steve Staruch wins big award!

Posted at 1:27 PM on July 18, 2011 by Alison Young

My buddy - classical music host Steve Staruch - has just won a big fat award from the Minnesota Chapter of the American Choral Directors Association. It's the Advocate for Choral Excellence Award.

How did they choose him? Well they're looking for that special outstanding individual who has gone to great effort to support choral music in the region - and just to talk to Steve who sings himself, brings choral groups to sing in our performance studio, plays lots of local groups on disc and is sure to program terrific music for all of us, he is just the right choice.

Congratulations, Steve!

Highlights from Rosenkavalier - I

Posted at 2:45 PM on July 18, 2011 by Rex Levang (1 Comments)

This Saturday at 7:30, we'll be broadcasting the Minnesota Orchestra's live performance of Der Rosenkavalier. Since its first performance 100 years ago, it's been a smash hit with the public. One reason is that each of its three acts has at least one passage where music, words and drama come together to create a foolproof moment of theater.

Here's one of them: the intimate Act I monologue sung by the Marschallin (a Viennese noblewoman), musing on marriages, aging, and the mysterious ways of the world.

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