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Swans Migrating

In Tune’s specially curated playlist, including two musical impressions of that majestic creature of myth, the swan.

In Tune’s specially curated playlist, including two musical impressions of that majestic creature of myth, the swan. Jordi Savall and Hesperion XXI play an Ottoman piece collected by Cantemir, a 17th century scholar, composer, advisor, prince, and performer. There's a serene motet from Orlande de Lassus, Beethoven played by master pianist Mikhail Pletnev, and a much-loved waltz from Tchaikovsky. Plus, musical pearls from two Finnish composers: Einojuhani Rautavaara's orchestral patterning mimics the flight of migrating birds, layered over recorded tape of Whooper swans, and Sibelius' radiant Humoresque imparts "the anguish of existence... fitfully lit up by the sun" (Jean Sibelius).

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Music Played

  • Gerald Finzi

    Bagatelle No 1 for clarinet & piano, Op. 23

    Performer: Michael Collins. Performer: Michael McHale.
  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    Swan Lake Suite (No 2, 'Waltz')

    Conductor: Mstislav Leopoldovich Rostropovich. Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra.
    • 111 Years Of Deutsche Grammophon The Collector's Edition Vol.2.
    • Deutshe Grammophon.
    • 2.
  • Anonymous

    Der makam-i Huseyni Sakil-i Aga Riza

    Composer: Dmitrie Cantemir. Director: Jordi Savall. Ensemble: Hespèrion XXI.
    • Dimitrie Cantemir, Istanbul "The Book of the Science of Music...": Hesperion XXI.
    • Alia Vox.
    • 21.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Rondo in C major, WoO 48

    Performer: Mikhail Pletnev.
    • Beethoven: Klavierwerke 1.
    • Deutsche Grammophon.
    • 003.
  • Jean Sibelius

    Humoresque No 3 in G minor, Op 89a

    Performer: Dong-Suk Kang. Performer: Jean Sibelius. Conductor: Neeme Järvi. Orchestra: Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra.
    • Humoresques, opp. 87/89 / Serenades, op. 69 / Two Pieces, op. 77 / Overture in E.
    • BIS.
    • 003.
  • Orlande de Lassus

    Alma Redemptoris Mater

    Performer: Orlande de Lassus. Choir: Tallis Scholars. Conductor: Peter Phillips.
    • Lassus Missa Osculetur Me.
    • Gimell.
    • 009.
  • Einojuhani Rautavaara

    Cantus Arcticus (Concerto for birds and orch.) Op.61 (3rd mvt)

    Orchestra: Lahti Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Osmo Vänskä.
    • Rautavaara: Angel of Light etc..
    • BIS.
    • 11.

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