Podcast: Nocturnes

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Guy Livingston’s theme tonight is nocturnes, whether you pronounce it à la française, or with an American drawl… it’s music for the night. This is the third in an ongoing series on the noir, the sleepy, the soporific, or the soothing rain on a deserted city street.

In this episode of American Highways, we hear music of John Luther Adams, Philip Glass, David Lang, Bernard Hermann, and performances by Dawn Upshaw (of course), David Zinman, the Cabrillo Festival Orchestra, Apollo Quartet and Strings, Joann Falletta, Dennis Russell Davies, and the Del Sol Quartet.

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AMERICAN HIGHWAYS #44: Nocturne Playlist

Theme Music :
Steve Reich. The Desert Music (1984)
First Movement (Fast).
Chorus of the Brooklyn Philharmonic, Members of the Brooklyn Philharmonic, Michael Tilson Thomas & William Carlos Williams.
Nonesuch Records 79101.

Bernard Hermann
Taxi Driver: A Night Piece for Orchestra
Elmer Bernstein Conducts The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Milan 7313835643-2

Al Hirt
Sleepless Hours (Instr.)
Bobby Hackett
Blue Flame RE 829410999052

David Lang
Orpheus Over and Under: Chorale
Double Edge: Edmund Niemann & Nurit Tilles, pianists.
Composers Recordings Inc. (CRI) ‎– CD 625

George Antheil
Lithuanian Night (1922)
1. Moderato (2:18)
2. Presto (1:16)
Del Sol Quartet
Other Minds (distr Naxos) OM1008-2

Al Hirt
Sleepless Hours
Shirley Horn
Blue Flame RE 829410999052

Philip Glass
Orphée – Interlude
Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra, o.l.v. Dennis Russell Davies.
Nonesuch ‎– 79496-2

David Lang
Orpheus Over and Under: Aria
Double Edge: Edmund Niemann & Nurit Tilles, pianists.
Composers Recordings Inc. (CRI) ‎– CD 625

Carlisle Floyd
Susannah – Ain’t It A Pretty Night (which takes place in Polk County, Tennessee!)
Dawn Upshaw; David Zinman: Orchestra Of St. Luke’s
Nonesuch 79458-2 3

John Luther Adams
Night Piece
Cabrillo Festival Orchestra, Apollo Quartet and Strings, cond. by Joann Falletta.
New Albion – NA 061 CD

 

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