October 28: Monster Mash

The first hour is music connected to the 19th century violinist, guitarist, and composer, Niccolò Paganini, in commemoration of the anniversary of his birthday, October 27, 1842.

In anticipation of Halloween, the remainder of the program is mostly monster music of various sorts: human monsters (witches, tyrants, cannibalistic women), exotic monsters (dragons, wendigos), and ordinary creepy-crawly stuff like tarantulas. Enjoy.

Niccolò Paganini: La Campanella, Op. 7 (CD: Rondo: Works for (Robert Murray, violin; Violin & Piano, Vol. Ardyth Lohuis, organ) 2) Niccolò Paganini: Sonata Concertata (CD: Giuliani & (Monica Huggett, violin; Paganini: Romanza) Richard Savino, guitar) Niccolò Paganini: 24 Caprices (CD: Paganini: 24. Theme, Variations, and Finale 24 Caprices) (Shlomo Mintz, violin) Sergei Rachmaninoff: Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini (CD: Rachmaninoff (Sergei Rachmaninoff, piano; Plays Rachmaninoff) The Philadelphia Orchesttra; Leopold Stokowski) Niccolò Paganini: Caprice No. 5 (CD: Strad to Strat) (Keith Ferguson, Fender Stratocaster)
Robert Johnson: Lute songs (CD: The English Come away, Hecate Lute Song) O let us howl (Julianne Baird, soprano; Ronn McFarlane, lute) Irving Fine: The Choral New Yorker (CD: American Journey) Black Sunday (The New Amsterdam Singers; Clara Longstreth) Stephen Leek: Great Southern Spirits (CD: Great Wirindji Southern Spirits) George Frideric Handel: Esther (CD: Arias for Pluck root and branch Montagnana) (David Thomas, bass; Philharmonia Baroque; Nicholas McGegan) George Frideric Handel: Acis & Galatea (CD: Arias for Ferito son d'Amore Montagnana) (David Thomas, bass; Philharmonia Baroque; Nicholas McGegan) Richard Wagner: Ride of the Valkyries (CD: The Ring: (Berlin Philharmonic; Highlights) Herbert von Karajan) Richard Teitelbaum: Golem (CD: Golem) Creating the Golem
Richard Dering: Factum est silentium (LP: The Oxford Book (Choir of Christ Church of Tudor Anthems) Cathedral; Simon Preston) Woolsey Bates: The Green-Eyed Dragon (Rebecca Maggi, soprano; James Welch, piano) Arthur Bliss: Shield of Faith (CD: Bliss: The Lord is risen ("Done is a battell on the Choral Works) dragon blak") (The Finzi Singers; Andrew Lumsden, organ; Paul Spicer) John Rutter: The Reluctant Dragon (CD: Three (The King's Singers; City of Musical Fables) London Sinfonia; Richard Hickox)
Judith Shatin: The Wendigo (CD: I Never Saw (San Francisco Girls Chorus) Another Butterfly) Antonio Bazzini: La Ronde des Lutins (CD: The Recorded (Alfredo Campoli, violin (1937)) Violin, Vol. II) Camille Saint-Saens (arr. Liszt): Danse Macabre (Matt Springer, piano) Gilbert & Sullivan: Operetta Excerpts (CD: Here's The Ghosts' high-noon a Howdy Do!) Brightly dawns our wedding day (The King's Singers) Henri Wieniawski: Scherzo Tarantelle (CD: Heifetz Plays (Jascha Heifetz, violin; Gershwin & Encores) Emmanuel Bay, piano) Richard Wayne Dirksen: Rejoice! Give thanks and sing (LP: Rejoice! Give (Choir of Trinity Church, thanks and sing) Princeton; James Litton)
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