Sunday, April 05, 2009

Road trip music


I have been cycling on our National Cycle Route 1 over the last few days. So I thought this would be an appropriate album to return with. The music is Gabrieli's Canzon in Primi Toni, Orff's Entrata and Beethoven's Wellington's Victory March. Hermann Scherchen conducts the Vienna State Opera Orchestra and the LP was released on Westminster Gold in 1973. Scherchen's son Wulf had a six year long friendshp with Benjamin Britten which started when the boy was thirteen. See Scherchen rehearsing Bach here. Entrata is an interesting but unlikely work; it is Orff's orchestration of William Byrd's The Bells from the Fitzwilliam Virginal Book. Now hear the music Orff wrote for the 1936 Berlin Olympics. Without missing a beat he went on to write music for the 1972 Munich Olympics. Read more in music trivia. And more road trip music here.

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