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This past Saturday, May 31st, marked the third anniversary of our blog here on TalkClassical and this month I wanted to do something special to mark the occasion. My Friday podcast series is publishing a quartet of montages that are inspired in large part by some of the musings and musical illustrations we have done on the Tuesday blog in a thematic arc I call "From Tuesday to Friday".

To get things started, I am reaching back into the Podcast Vault and am dusting up a montage that did just that last year. On June 28 2011, I posted here a YouTube playlist of "poems". The notion at the time was that I had not only chosen musical works that were titled poems, but also some well-known poems that had been set to music.

For the record, these are not Tone Poems - which we looked at in April 2013 and will re-explore as part of my June 13 montage. In my way of thinking, the idea explored by most of these works is proposing a parallel to the literary genre in musical terms. What I mean is, literary poems are to novels what these poems are to sonatas or symphonies; lyrical rather than formulaic.

There are exceptions, however. I believe the poem by Griffes (and possibly the ones by Chausson and Bourdon) depict a poet (the solo instrument) reciting an ode with the support of the orchestra. Scriabin's Poem of Fire is one of several works that he dubbed "poems", many of them set for piano including his seminal Poem of Ecstasy.

More about our June montage series here.

ITYWLTMT Podcast Montage # 102 – C’est poétique
(Originally issued on Friday, April 26, 2013)


Healey WILLAN (1880 – 1968)
Poem for Strings, B82
CBC Vancouver Orchestra
Mario Bernardi, conducting

Rosario BOURDON (1885-1961)
Poème éligiaque pour violoncelle et orchestre (1943)
Alain Aubut, cello
Orchestre Métropolitain du Grand Montréal
Gilles Auger, conducting

Amédée-Ernest CHAUSSON (1855 –1899)
Poème, pour violon et orchestre, op. 25
Itzhak Perlman, violin
Orchestre de Paris
Jean Martinon, conducting

Charles Tomlinson GRIFFES (1884 –1920)
Poem for Flute and Orchestra (1918)
Kathleen Rudolph flute
CBC Vancouver Orchestra
Mario Bernardi, conducting

Alexander Nikolayevich SCRIABIN (1872 - 1915)
Prometheus or The Poem of Fire, op. 60
Alain Lefèvre, piano
Chœurs de l’OSM
Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal
Kent Nagano, conducting

Alexander GLAZUNOV (1865 -1936)
Poème Epique, op. posth.
Moscow Symphony Orchestra
Konstantine Krimets, conducting



June 6, 2014, "I Think You Will Love This Music Too" will feature a new podcast "Symphonies in C" at its Pod-O-Matic Channel .Read more June 6 on our blogs in English and in French.
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Updated Jun-03-2014 at 11:33 by itywltmt

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