Music By Request for August 22, 2020

Aug 22, 2020

E. Power Biggs, 1906-1977
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Featured on today's playlist was a recording of Johann Sebastian Bach's Tocatta and Fugue in D minor by E. Power Biggs.   Known for his dignified manner and witty conversation, Biggs aroused interest in serious organ music  in the U.S. beginning in the 1930's.   A renowned expert on the older organs of Europe, he was very serious about the encroaching of electronic organs in churches and concert halls. When an electronic organ was installed in the 1970's at Carnegie Hall, he stated, "The present device cheapens the hall and ruins its image as a place of excellence."

1.     Paul Simon, America, The King’s Singers

2.     Johann Sebastian Bach, Ach, wo hol ich Armer Rat? from Cantata No. 25, Peter Harvey, English Baroque Soloists, John Eliot Gardiner

3.     George Gershwin, An American in Paris, New York Philharmonic, Leonard Bernstein

4.     Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov, Scheherazade, Jaap Van Zweden, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Riccardo Chailly

5.     Leonard Bernstein, Somewhere, Mormon Tabernacle Choir, Columbia Symphony Orchestra, Arthur Harris

6.     Ludwig Van Beethoven, Symphony No. 7, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Sir Georg Solti

7.     Edward Grieg, Schmetterling, David Helfgott

8.     Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Kyrie from Mass in C Minor, K. 139, Susanne Mentzer, Bernadette Manca di Nissa, Neil Mackie, Stephen Roberts, Choir or King’s College Chapel, Cambridge, English Chamber Orchestra, Stephen Cleobury

9.     John Corigliano, Symphony No. 1 Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Daniel Barenboim

10.  Martin Luther, A Mighty Fortress is our God, Leotyne Price, National Philharmonic, Ambrosian Singers, Charles Gerhadt

11.  Mark Knopfler, Once upon a time…Storybook Love from The Princess Bride, Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

12.  John Corigliano, Blowing in the Wind from Seven Poems of Bob Dylan, Hila Plitmann, Buffalo Philharmonic, Joann Falletta

13.  Emmerich Kalman, excerpts from Die Csardasfurstin, Slovak Philharmonic Chorus and Radio Symphony Orchestra, Richard Bonynge

14.  Franz Schubert, Characteristic March No. 1 in C major, Yaara Tal and Andreas Groethuysen

15.  Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn and Johnny Mercer, arr. John Gordon, Satin Doll, Chanticleer

16.  Claude Debussy, Forgotten Songs, Sylvia McNair with Roger Vignoles

17.  John Rutter, For the beauty of the earth, Cambridge Singers, John Rutter

18.  Ralph Vaughan Williams, Seranade to Music, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Vernon Hadley

19.  J.S. Bach, Toccata and Fugue in D Minor, E. Power Biggs

20.  Richard Rodgers, Main Title – Oklahoma, Boston Pops Orchestra, Keith Lockhart

21.  Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, arr. Maud Powell, Deep River, Merwin Siu with Phoenix Park-Kim

22.  Arvo Part, Spiegel Im Spiegel, Anne Akiko Meyers with Akira Eguchi

23.  Johannes Brahms, Waltzes for Piano, Four Hands, Yaara Tal and Andreas Groethuysen

24.  J.S. Bach, French Suite No. 1 in D minor, Vladimir Ashkenazy

25.  Leslie Stuart, Soldiers of the Queen, Military Band of the Queen’s Regiment

26.  Louis Moreau Gottschalk, Grand Fantasia Triumfal, Cristina Ortiz, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Moshe Atzmon

27.  Domenico Scarlatti, Sonata in E major, Vladimir Horowitz

28.  J.S. Bach, Prelude and Fugue in G major, Laubin Brass Ensemble

29.  Giacomo Puccini, conclusion of Act II from Tosca, Angela Gheorghiu, Roberto Alagna, Ruggerio Raimondi, The Chorus and Orchestra of the Royal Opera House-Covent Garden, Antonio Pappano

30.  John Williams, excerpts from The Post, Original Motion Picture Soundtrack