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Mardi Gras

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Tomorrow will be Ash Wednesday – the official start to the Lenten season – and as we did last year, we will try and program more organ music during that time, starting next week with Once Upon the Internet.

But, as is the custom around the Christian world at this time, we get one last “kick at the can” before giving up some of the things we like best…

They call it Mardi Gras, or as the folks in New Orleans call it, Fat Tuesday.

I have planned a YouTube playlist full of music that is reminiscent of festivals, carnivals and (of course) Mardi Gras itself. To that end, I have programmed Stravinsky’s suite from his ballet Petrouchka which takes place at a Russian Mardi Gras fair, compete with a puppet show, buskers and a bear…

Rather than program the expected Carnival by Schumann, I went for more buskers and jesters depicted in from Carnival Scenes from Vienna.

In the vintage department, two pieces with a Roman theme: Berlioz’s Roman Carnival (Monteux in the 1940’s) and Respighi’s Feste Romane (Toscanini conducts).

And, my very favourite carnival piece, Dvořák’s salute to life in its most effervescent, the Karneval overture.

Happy listening!


Hector BERLIOZ (1803-1869)
Le carnaval romain, op. 9
San Francisco Symphony Orchestra under Pierre Monteux

Franz LISZT (1811-1886)
Hungarian Rhapsody in E-Flat Major, S.244, no. 9 ("Le carnaval de Pest")
Claudio Arrau, piano

Igor STRAVINSKY (1882-1971)
Petrushka Suite (1945 Revised Version)
Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra under Leopold Stokowski

Robert SCHUMANN (1810-1856)
Faschingsschwank aus Wien, op. 26
Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli, piano

Ottorino RESPIGHI (1879-1936)
Feste Romane, P. 157
Philadelphia Orchestra under Arturo Toscanini

Antonín DVOŘÁK (1841-1904)
Karneval, op. 92
London Symphony Orchestra under Istvan Kertesz

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February 15 2013, "I Think You Will Love This Music Too" will feature a new podcast "A Montage of Second… Concertos" at its Pod-O-Matic Channel . Read more February 15 on the ITYWLTMT Blogspot blog.

Updated Feb-12-2013 at 14:44 by itywltmt

Classical Music , Recorded Music