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Episode 8

Katie Derham introduces US composers: Ives: Orchestral Set No 2; Flanders Field; Tom Sails Away. Ornstein: Poems of 1917. Romberg: Her Soldier Boy (excts). Barber: Violin Concerto.

Katie Derham continues Radio 3's exploration of Music in the Great War, this time with contributions by American or American-naturalised composers. First, works by Charles Ives - starting with his Orchestral Set No. 2, which includes his reaction in music to the sinking of the Lusitania. Then, his settings of two poems inspired by the conflict: Tom Sails Away and He is There! Then comes, appropriately, Leo Ornstein's Poems of 1917, inspired by the war and written for the piano, which is followed by a selection of songs from Her Soldier Boy, a work for the stage by Sigmund Romberg.
And to end the afternoon, another contribution from the USA: Barber's Violin Concerto with Michael Ludwig as soloist, accompanied by the Ulster Orchestra under JoAnn Falletta.

C. Ives: Orchestral Set No. 2
Concertgebouw Orchestra
Michael Tilson Thomas, conductor

2.20pm
C. Ives: Tom Sails Away
William Sharp, baritone
Steven Blier, piano

C. Ives: He is There!
Samuel Ramey, bass-baritone
Warren Jones, piano

2.32pm
L. Ornstein: Poems of 1917
Marc-Andre Hamelin, piano

2.47pm
S. Romberg: Her Soldier Boy (selections)
Teresa Ringholz, soprano
The Eastman-Dryden Orchestra
Donald Hunsberger, conductor

3.02pm
S. Barber: Violin Concerto
Michael Ludwig, violin
Ulster Orchestra
JoAnn Falletta, conductor.

1 hour, 30 minutes

Music Played

  • Samuel Barber

    Violin Concerto

    Performer: Michael Ludwig. Orchestra: Ulster Orchestra. Conductor: JoAnn Falletta.
  • Leo Ornstein

    Poems of 1917

    Performer: Marc-André Hamelin.
    • Hyperion.
  • Charles Ives

    He is there!

    Singer: Samuel Ramey. Performer: Warren Jones.
    • ARGO.
  • Charles Ives

    Orchestral Set No. 2

    Orchestra: Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. Conductor: Michael Tilson Thomas.
    • CBS Masterworks.
  • Charles Ives

    Tom sails away

    Singer: William Sharp. Performer: Steven Blier.
    • Troy.
  • Sigmund Romberg

    Her Soldier Boy (medley)

    Singer: Teresa Ringholz. Orchestra: Eastman-Dryden Orchestra. Conductor: Donald Hunsberger.
    • ARABESQUE.
  • Domenico Scarlatti

    Sonata in D major, K 430

    Performer: Alexandre Tharaud.
    • D. Scarlatti: Sonatas: Alexandre Tharaud.
    • Virgin Classics.
    • 7.

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