“One can’t live without saying goodbye,” goes a French song. And, it’s true: Life is full of farewells. We leave home, switch jobs, end relationships, travel, retire, and ultimately leave this world.
Much of this has found its way into music for the concert hall and stage. As you might expect, more than a few of these pieces are sad, but a surprising number take a more nuanced view—and several have fun with the whole idea.
In this hour, farewell music by Haydn, Beethoven, Chopin, Wagner, Prokofiev, and more.
|Chopin: 14 Waltzes, etc. (The Rubinstein Collection Vol 47) [for Valse 'L'adieu' in A-flat major, Opus 69, No. 1]||Arthur Rubinstein||RCA Red Seal 09026-63047-2||090266304721|
|Prokofiev: Music For Children [for Winter Bonfire Op.122 – Departure]||New London Orchestra, Ronald Corp||Helios CDH55177||034571151779|
|Rimsky-Korsakov: Overtures and Suites from the Operas [for The Tsar's Departure and Farewell]||Scottish National Orchestra, Neeme Jarvi||Chandos 10369(2) X||095115136928|
|Music at Pavlovsk Station [for J. Strauss II Farewell to St. Petersburg]||Petershof Orchestra, Leo Korkhin||Opus 111 OPS 58-9204||3386705892049
|Ries: Piano Concerto, Op. 132 "Farewell to England"||Christopher Hinterhuber; Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Uwe Grodd||Naxos 8.570440||747313044078|
|Haydn: Symphonies Nos. 40-54 - the Esterházy Recordings - Volume Three [for Symphony No. “The Farewell”||Austro-Hungarian Haydn Orchestra, Adan Fischer||Nimbus NI 5530/4||710357553028|
|Wagner: Orchestral Music [for Wotan's Farewell]||National Philharmonic Orchestra, Robert Gerhardt||Chesky 161||090368016126|
|Beethoven: Piano Sonatas, Volume VI [for 09 - Valse 'L'adieu' in A-flat major, Opus 69, No. 1]||Andras Schiff||ECM 1947||028947661870|
|Tveitt: A Hundred Hardanger Tunes [for The Last Farewell]||Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Bjarte Engeset||Naxos 8.555078||747313507825|
|Homecoming, A Scottish Fantasy [for Ashokan Farewell]||Nicola Benedetti; BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Rory Macdonald||Decca 478 6690||028947866909