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Ralph Vaughan Williams [1939] - Five Variants of Dives and Lazarus

Introduction and Theme: Adagio, B modal minor
Variant I: B modal minor
Variant II: Allegro moderato, B modal minor
Variant III: D modal minor
Variant IV: L'istesso tempo
Variant V: Adagio, B modal minor


Harp: Skaila Kanga
Conductor: Bryden Thomson
Orchestra: London Philharmonic Orchestra

Vaughan Williams composed this work on commission from the British Council to be played at the 1939 World's Fair in New York City. The first performance was by the New York Philharmonic at Carnegie Hall on 10 June 1939.
 
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Erik Satie [1888] - Gymnopedies #1 ~ Gnossiennes #1,3,4,5


Album: Works for Piano Solo and Piano Duet
Pianist: Anne Queffelec
Artwork: Edouard Leon Cortes

Tracks:
0:00 Gymnopedies #1
3:32 Gnossiennes #1
6:52 Gnossiennes #3
9:33 Gnossiennes #4
11:52 Gnossiennes #5

An eccentric, Satie was introduced as a "gymnopedist" in 1887, before writing his most famous compositions, the Gymnopédies. He also referred to himself as a "phonometrician" (someone who measures sounds), preferring this description rather than musician.
 
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Giovanni Gabrieli [1593] - Three Mass Movements ~
Part I. Kyrie Eleison I (Motet in 8 parts) | Christe Eleison II (Motet in 8 parts) | Kyrie Eleison III (Motet in 12 parts) below
Part II. Gloria (Motet in 12 parts) here
Part III. Sanctus (Motet in 12 parts)
here

Album: The Glory Of Gabrieli (Music for Multiple Choirs, Brass and Organ)


Organ - E. Power Biggs
Conductor - Vittorio Negri
Counter tenor 1 - Richard Levitt
Counter tenor 2 - Dale Jergenson
Choirs - The Gregg Smith Singers ~
The Texas Boys Choir of Fort Worth
The Edward Tarr Brass Ensemble

The Glory of Gabrieli is the fabled 1967 recording by organist E. Power Biggs, performed in the space for which these pieces were written - Venice's St. Mark Basilica - with choirs from America, and antiphonal brass players from Germany.
 
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Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky [1875] - Swan Lake Suite, Op. 20 - Waltz


Conductor: Djansug Kakhidze
Orchestra: Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della Rai (Turin)

Swan Lake ballet, op. 20, by Pyotr Tchaikovsky. The Scenario, initially in four acts, was fashioned from Russian folk tales and tells the story of Odette, a princess turned into a swan by an evil sorcerer's curse. The ballet received its première on March 4, 1877 at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow, originally billed as 'The Lake of the Swans.'
 
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