We braved a lot of musical weather in my class, Sunday, from the ravishing daybreak of "Daphnis et Chloe" to the fierce mountain storm of Richard Strauss' "Alpine Symphony" to the surging tides of "Become Ocean" by John Luther Adams. I had a blast putting this class together. Thanks to everyone who made time on the last Sunday before Christmas.
Here's the list of music and links to the YouTube videoes we watched.
1.“Daphnis et Chloe,” Suite No. 2, Maurice Ravel
Boston Symphony, Seiji Ozawa: https://youtu.be/amGl9Qmgu7E
2. Claude Debussy plays his “Jardins sous la pluie” (“Gardens in the Rain”):
3. “Der Leiermann” (“The Hurdy Gurdy Man”), the last song from “Winterreise,” Franz Schubert: https://youtu.be/tnuvs2w7ges. Ian Bostridge, tenor, Saskia Giorgini, piano. This is the entire song cycle. “Der Leiermann” starts at 1:11:13.
4. Sea Interlude: Storm from “Peter Grimes,” Benjamin Britten:
https://youtu.be/J20ROYLZfX0. BBC Symphony Orchestra, Edward Gardner, London, BBC Proms, 2010. This clip contains all four Interludes. “Storm” starts at 11:43, to the end.
5. “Alpine Symphony,” Richard Strauss: https://youtu.be/FQhpWsRhQGs, Vienna Philharmonic, Bernard Haitink, BBC Proms 2012. The storm starts at 36:24.
6. Storm from “William Tell” Overture, Gioachino Rossini:
https://youtu.be/_n52_yLz2hs, Halle Orchestra, Mark Elder, BBC Proms 2004. Start at 2:55 to the end.
7. Storm scene from “Rigoletto,” Giuseppe Verdi, “Ah, più non ragiono!” (“Ah, my reason has left me”): https://youtu.be/VpXJIjpH2E0
8. “Winter Wind” Etude, Op. 25, No. 11, Frederic Chopin: https://youtu.be/YJMIIxm1bGo Maurizio Pollini, piano
9. “Become Ocean,” John Luther Adams:
Seattle Symphony, Ludovic Morlot
10. “Morning Mood” from “Peer Gynt,” Edvard Grieg: https://youtu.be/-rh8gMvzPw0 Spanish Radio and TV Orchestra, Guillermo Garcia Calvo
David Stabler is a pianist, writer, dad and cyclist. He's working on a novel based on his childhood years living in Africa and plans to ride across America with his brother this summer.