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Episode 5

Duration:
1 hour
First broadcast:
Friday 06 August 2010

Now well into her sixties, by the mid-1930s Amy Beach was finally beginning to feel her age. Moving to Manhattan, she embarked on a remarkable final chapter in her musical life, producing some of her most distinctive songs and piano works, as well as a Creole-infused chamber opera, "Cabildo".

Donald Macleod explores the music of Amy Beach's last decade.

Music Played

15 items
Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes
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    Amy Beach Dark Garden, Op.131 (1932)

    Performers: Patrick Mason (baritone), Joanne Polk (piano)

    BRIDGE 9182, 21

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    Amy Beach Three Piano Pieces, Op.128 (1928), Scherzino: A Peterboro Chipmunk

    Performer: Joanne Polk (piano)

    ARABESQUE 26693, 14

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    Amy Beach Three Piano Pieces, Op.128 (1928), Scherzino: Young Birches

    Performer: Joanne Polk (piano)

    ARABESQUE 26693, 15

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    Amy Beach Three Piano Pieces, Op.128 (1928), Scherzino: A Humming Bird

    Performer: Joanne Polk (piano)

    ARABESQUE 26693, 16

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    Amy Beach Piano Trio in A Minor, Op.150 (1938), I. Allegro

    Performers: The Romantic Chamber Group of London: Paul Barritt (violin), Charles Medlam (cello), James Lisney (piano)

    ARABESQUE 26693, 14

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    Amy Beach Piano Trio in A Minor, Op.150 (1938), II. Lento Espressivo

    Performers: The Romantic Chamber Group of London: Paul Barritt (violin), Charles Medlam (cello), James Lisney (piano)

    ARABESQUE 26693, 15

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    Amy Beach Piano Trio in A Minor, Op.150 (1938), III. Allegro Con Brio

    Performers: The Romantic Chamber Group of London: Paul Barritt (violin), Charles Medlam (cello), James Lisney (piano)

    ARABESQUE 26693, 16

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    Amy Beach Cabildo (excerpt), Op.149 (1932, fp 1947), Prologue: Introduction

    Performers: Barker - Stephen Mo Harker (speaker), Tom - Anthony Dean Griffey (tenor), Mary - Charlotte Hellekant (mezzo), Pierre Lafitte - Eugene Perry (baritone), Dominique You - Paul Groves (tenor), Gaoler - Thomas Paul (bass), The Lady Valerie - Lauren Flanigan (soprano), The New York Concert Singers, Mark Peskanov (violin), Carter Brey (cello), Christopher O'Riley (piano), Ransom Wilson (director)

    DELOS DE31730, 1

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    Amy Beach Cabildo (excerpt), Op.149 (1932, fp 1947), Ladies and Gentlemen! This Way

    Performer: Barker - Stephen Mo Harker (speaker), Tom - Anthony Dean Griffey (tenor), Mary - Charlotte Hellekant (mezzo), Pierre Lafitte - Eugene Perry (baritone), Dominique You - Paul Groves (tenor), Gaoler - Thomas Paul (bass), The Lady Valerie - Lauren Flanigan (soprano), The New York Concert Singers, Mark Peskanov (violin), Carter Brey (cello), Christopher O'Riley (piano), Ransom Wilson (director)

    DELOS DE31730, 2

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    Amy Beach Cabildo (excerpt), Op.149 (1932, fp 1947), One Night, As They Joined In The Dance

    Performer: Barker - Stephen Mo Harker (speaker), Tom - Anthony Dean Griffey (tenor), Mary - Charlotte Hellekant (mezzo), Pierre Lafitte - Eugene Perry (baritone), Dominique You - Paul Groves (tenor), Gaoler - Thomas Paul (bass), The Lady Valerie - Lauren Flanigan (soprano), The New York Concert Singers, Mark Peskanov (violin), Carter Brey (cello), Christopher O'Riley (piano), Ransom Wilson (director)

    DELOS DE31730, 3

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    Amy Beach Cabildo (excerpt), Op.149 (1932, fp 1947), Ladies and Gentlemen! We Will Now Proceed

    Performer: Barker - Stephen Mo Harker (speaker), Tom - Anthony Dean Griffey (tenor), Mary - Charlotte Hellekant (mezzo), Pierre Lafitte - Eugene Perry (baritone), Dominique You - Paul Groves (tenor), Gaoler - Thomas Paul (bass), The Lady Valerie - Lauren Flanigan (soprano), The New York Concert Singers, Mark Peskanov (violin), Carter Brey (cello), Christopher O'Riley (piano), Ransom Wilson (director)

    DELOS DE31730, 4

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    Amy Beach Cabildo (excerpt), Op.149 (1932, fp 1947), Ah, Love Is A Jasmine Vine With Tendrils Delica

    Performer: Barker - Stephen Mo Harker (speaker), Tom - Anthony Dean Griffey (tenor), Mary - Charlotte Hellekant (mezzo), Pierre Lafitte - Eugene Perry (baritone), Dominique You - Paul Groves (tenor), Gaoler - Thomas Paul (bass), The Lady Valerie - Lauren Flanigan (soprano), The New York Concert Singers, Mark Peskanov (violin), Carter Brey (cello), Christopher O'Riley (piano), Ransom Wilson (director)

    DELOS DE31730, 12

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    Amy Beach Cabildo (excerpt), Op.149 (1932, fp 1947), Tempo Di Duetto

    Performer: Barker - Stephen Mo Harker (speaker), Tom - Anthony Dean Griffey (tenor), Mary - Charlotte Hellekant (mezzo), Pierre Lafitte - Eugene Perry (baritone), Dominique You - Paul Groves (tenor), Gaoler - Thomas Paul (bass), The Lady Valerie - Lauren Flanigan (soprano), The New York Concert Singers, Mark Peskanov (violin), Carter Brey (cello), Christopher O'Riley (piano), Ransom Wilson (director)

    DELOS DE31730, 13

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    Amy Beach Two Late Songs: I Sought The Lord, Op.142 (1937)

    Performer: Katherine Kelton (mezzo), Catherine Bringerud (piano)

    NAXOS 8559191, 34

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    Amy Beach Though I Take The Wings Of Morning, Op.152 (1941)

    Performer: Katherine Kelton (mezzo), Catherine Bringerud (piano)

    NAXOS 8559191, 34 to 36

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