“I Speak in English Now”

This is the second in my series on American composers who were refugees. Tonight, the lush Hollywood music of Korngold’s cello concerto, and the modernist left-hand piano concerto of Hindemith. Plus Milhaud’s Création du Monde, and Bukvich’s Interior Designs.

Tonight’s show opens with the short but topical song “I Speak in English Now” by Marc Blitzstein, from No for an Answer, a musical written for and sung by Greek immigrants.

now-on-itunes-buttonAMERICAN HIGHWAYS #75: “I Speak in English Now”

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

Marc Blitzstein
No For an Answer: Act 2, Scene 7: “I Speak in English Now
Original Cast
Pavilion Records GEMS CD 0009

Erich Wolfgang Korngold
Cello Concerto, Op. 37
BBC Philharmonic Orchestra; Peter Dixon, Cello; Matthias Bamert, conducting.
Chandos 10433 (1996)

Paul Hindemith
Klaviermusik Mit Orchester, Op. 29
I. Einleitung: Massige Schnelle Halbe
II. Sehr Lebhafte Halbe
III. Trio: Basso Ostinato – Langsame Viertel, Nur Sehr Wenig Ausdruck
IV. Finale: Bewegte Halbe
Leon Fleisher, Christoph Eschenbach & Curtis Symphony Orchestra
Curtis-Ondine 1141-2

Darius Milhaud
Milhaud: La Création Du Monde, Op. 81A
Leonard Bernstein: Orchestre National De France
EMI CDC-7 47845 2

Svjetlana Bukvich
Interior Designs: Tattoo
Kamala Sankaram & Svjetlana Bukvich
Innova #253

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