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Simon Schama presents a personal musical narrative inspired by the period in history from 1913 to 1938. Includes music by Stravinsky, Gershwin, Weill, Bartok and Shostakovich.

Simon Schama is the first of four prominent historians offering a personal musical narrative inspired by a chosen historical period. Simon looks at the years 1913-1938.
This was a period of enormous artistic variety. The period 1913-1938 took us from the advent of the First World War to the advent of the Second, and the intense political and social turmoil this prompted is reflected in the music that appeared.
Simon's selection begins with the ground-breaking and controversial first performance of Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring and continues with music by Gershwin, Weill, Bartok and Shostakovich among others.

2 hours

Music Played

  • Igor Stravinsky

    The Rite of Spring - Pt.1: The Augurs of Spring; Jeu du rapt

    Conductor: Pierre Monteux Performer: Boston Symphony Orchestra

    • RCA Victor.
    • 09026618982.
  • Anton Webern

    (Strauss, Johann II, arr.) Schatzwalzer (Op.418)

    Performer: Alfred Mitterhofer Performer: Heinz Medjimorec Performer: Alban Berg Quartet

    • EMI Classics.
    • CDC7548812.
  • Anton Webern

    5 Pieces for orchestra Op. 10

    Conductor: Pierre Boulez Performer: London Symphony Orchestra

    • SONY Classical.
    • SM 3 K 45845.
  • Ernest Bloch

    Schelomo - Hebrew rhapsody for cello and orchestra

    Conductor: Ilan Volkov Performer: Natalie Clein Performer: BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

    • Hyperion.
    • CDA67910.
  • Leos Janáček

    Quartet no. 2 (Intimate letters) for strings - 2nd movement: Adagio

    Performer: Pavel Haas Quartet

    • Supraphon.
    • SU3877-2.
  • Kurt Weill

    Die Dreigroschenoper - Der Barbara-Song [Ballad of yes and no]

    Performer: Lotte Lenya

    • SONY CLASSICAL.
    • MHK63222.
  • Alban Berg

    Symphonic piece from 'Lulu' - V. Adagio

    Conductor: Simon Rattle Performer: Arleen Auger Performer: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

    • EMI.
    • CDC7498572.
  • Béla Bartók

    Romanian folk dances (Sz.56), arr. Szekely

    Performer: Boris Berezovsky Performer: Vadim Repin

    • ERATO.
    • 8573857692.
  • Arnold Schoenberg

    Concerto Op.36 for violin and orchestra - 1st movement; Poco allegro

    Conductor: Pierre Boulez Performer: Pierre Amoyal Performer: London Symphony Orchestra

    • ERATO.
    • ECD88175.
  • George Gershwin

    Porgy and Bess - Bess, you is my woman now

    Conductor: Skitch Henderson Performer: Leontyne Price Performer: William Warfield Performer: RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra

    • RCA.
    • 09026633.
  • Sergei Prokofiev

    Alexander Nevsky - music for the film - Battle on the ice

    Conductor: Claudio Abbado Performer: London Symphony Chorus Performer: London Symphony Orchestra

    • DG Originals.
    • 4196032.
  • Dmitry Shostakovich

    Preludes Op.34 for piano - nos.10, 11 and 13

    Performer: Tatiana Nikolaeva

    • Hyperion.
    • CDA66620.
  • Igor Stravinsky

    The Rite of Spring: The Augurs of Spring; Ritual of abduction (Jeu du rapt)

  • Anton Webern

    Schatzwalzer; 5 Pieces for orchestra Op. 10

  • Ernest Bloch

    Schelomo - Hebrew rhapsody for cello and orchestra

  • Leos Janáček

    Quartet no. 2 (Intimate letters) for strings - 2nd movement: Adagio

  • Kurt Weill

    Der Barbara-Song [Ballad of yes and no]

  • Alban Berg

    Symphonic pieces from 'Lulu' (Lulu suite) - Adagio

  • Béla Bartók

    Romanian Folk Dances

    Orchestra: Budapest Festival Orchestra. Conductor: Iván Fischer.
  • Arnold Schoenberg

    Concerto Op.36 for violin and orchestra - 1st movement; Poco allegro

  • George Gershwin

    Porgy and Bess - Bess, you is my woman now (Duet)

  • Sergei Prokofiev

    Alexander Nevsky - music for the film - Battle on the ice

  • Dmitry Shostakovich

    Preludes Op.34 for piano - Nos 10, 11 and 13

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