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Alhambra Garden

July 23, 2012

Nights in the Gardens of Spain

If only we could hand out those scratch-n-sniff cards to PT listeners today. It might come close to approximating what Manuel de Falla had in mind when he wrote his "Nights in the Gardens of Spain." He meant his music to evoke not just the sights and sounds of the gardens surrounding the Alhambra palace in Granada, Spain. He wanted to conjure up the delicate fragrances of the place that's been called "Paradise on Earth." If you can, find a quiet garden spot, lean back, close your eyes, and inhale de Falla's gorgeous music.

Today's Playlist

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hour 1

  • Max Bruch
    Piece No. 1, from Eight Pieces for Clarinet, Viola, and Piano, Op. 83
    Kari Kriikku, clarinet, Matti Hirvikangas, viola, Arto Satukangas, piano
  • Adolf Schulz-Evler
    Concert Arabesque on the Beautiful Blue Danube
    Charlie Albright, piano
    Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston
  • Antonio Carlos Jobim
    Amparo and Stone Flower
    The Assad Brothers Guitar Duo
    Lobero Theatre, Santa Barbara, California
  • Max Bruch
    Violin Concerto No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 26
    Joshua Bell, violin, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Semyon Bychkov, conductor
    The Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, the Netherlands

hour 2

  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Fantasia in D Minor, K. 397
    Vladimir Feltsman, piano
    Bass Hall, Fort Worth, Texas
  • Alessandro Scarlatti
    Fugue from Sonata in C
    Tempesta di Mare
    Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia
  • Ferdinand Rebay
    Six Variations on a Sarabande by George Frideric Handel
    St. John the Baptist Church, Ottawa, Ontario
  • George Frideric Handel
    Entrance of Queen of Sheba, from Solomon
    The Windham Festival Chamber Orchestra, Robert Manno, conductor
    Windham Chamber Music Festival, Windham, New York
  • Manuel de Falla
    Excerpts from Seven Popular Spanish Songs
    Kim Kashkashian, viola, Robert Levin, piano
  • Manuel de Falla
    Nights in the Gardens of Spain
    Nelson Freire, piano, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Ivan Fischer, conductor
    The Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
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