The Italian Connection
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"Campo Vaccino," by J. M. W. Turner, completed in 1839, is his final painting of Rome.
On vacation in Italy in 1903, English composer Edward Elgar wrote a friend, “Music is in the air. It’s everywhere--you only have to take as much of it as you need [for your inspiration].”
Indeed, for northern Europeans, Italy was not only a winter haven, but a land filled with song and dance.
In this hour, five works inspired by the music, people and scenery of Italy--by Elgar, Mendelssohn, Tchaikovsky, Berlioz, and Richard Strauss.
|Mendelssohn Symphony No. 4
||London Symphony Orchestra, Abbado
||DGG 415 974-2
|Italy After Dark: “Bella Ragazza dalle Trecce Bionde”
|Tchaikovsky: Capriccio Italien
||RCA Victor Symphony, Kondrashin
|Berlioz: Harold en Italie
||Frankfurt Radio Symph, Inbal; Bashmet, viola
|Elgar Overtures: In the South
||Scottish National Orchestra, Gibson
||Chandos CHAN 8309
|At His Best: “Faniculi, Fanicula”
|Strauss: Aus Italien: . “Neapolitanisches Volksleen”
||Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra, Kosler