Landscapes: Take me to the River

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Tonight’s radio show features poetry of Natasha Trethewey and Hafiz, and music of Florence Price, Virgil Thompson, and the Talking Heads. In this episode of American Highways, pianist Guy Livingston brings us music of the American Landscape, including three majestic (and bombastic) portraits of the Mississippi River: by Virgil Thompson, Florence Price, and Ferde Grofé. Cross the river, wash your sins away, float along, find the source…

AMERICAN HIGHWAYS #82: TAKE ME TO THE RIVER

Theme Music :

Jan Jeroen (J.J.) Spijkervet & Immersive Sound
American Highways” Jingle
Sounds About Right
composed for Concertzender

Burleigh, H.T. (arr.)
Deep river
Roberta Alexander, Soprano; Brian Masuda, Piano
Etcetera KTC 1208

Florence Price
Mississippi River Suite-Part 1
Apo Hsu conducting The Women’s Philharmonic
KOCH 3-7518-2

Mercer/Mancini/Mehldau
Moon River (Live)
Brad Mehldau
Warner Bros. Records 9362 46848-2

Burleigh, H.T. (arr.)
Didn’t it rain
Roberta Alexander, Soprano; Brian Masuda, Piano
Etcetera KTC 1208

Virgil Thomson
The River, suite from film score
Sir Neville Marriner & Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra
Angel Records/EMI

A. Bryan
Blue River
Alexandre Tharaud, Frank Braley
Erato 50999-602552-2

George Crumb
Echoes of Time and the River – Echoes 2: I. Frozen Time
Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra, Thomas Conlin, cond.
Bridge 9127

Al Green & Mabon Hodges
Take Me to the River
Talking Heads
Rhino Records R2 76488

Ferde Grofé
Niagara Falls Suite – 4. Power Of Niagara
William T. Stromberg, cond. Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Naxos 8.559007

Edward MacDowell
By a Meadow Brook
Roger Shields, Piano
VoxBox CD3X 3027

Ferde Grofé
Mississippi Suite – 1. Father Of Waters
William T. Stromberg, cond. Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Naxos 8.559007

Henry Mancini/Mercer
Moon River
Henry Mancini
RCA ND89905

Closing Music:
David King
Super America
The Bad Plus
E1 Records: EOM-CD-2112

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