The sway of the sea – 2/06/21

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An early morning stroll along the Suffolk coast with Britten:

Making waves with Vaughan Williams:

III. The Waves

“After the sea-ship, after the whistling winds,
After the white-gray sails taut to their spars and ropes,
Below, a myriad, myriad waves hastening, lifting up their necks,
Tending in ceaseless flow toward the track of the ship,
Waves of the ocean bubbling and gurgling, blithely prying,
Waves, undulating waves, liquid, uneven, emulous waves,
Toward that whirling current, laughing and buoyant, with curves,
Where the great vessel sailing and tacking displaced the surface,
Larger and smaller waves in the spread of the ocean yearnfully flowing,
The wake of the sea-ship after she passes, flashing and frolicsome under the sun,
A motley procession with many a fleck of foam and many fragments,
Following the stately and rapid ship, in the wake following.”

The second, scherzo movement of La Mer, Debussy‘s ‘Three Symphonic Sketches’ – Jeux de vagues [Play of Waves]:

More waves, but this time from the other side of the English Channel. Frank Bridge: The Sea

00:00 I. Seascape
06:56 II. Sea-Foam
09:27 III. Moonlight
15:17 IV. Storm

Sheherazade spins the first of her 1001 tales (though, actually, Rimsky-Korsakov limits himself to just four) – The Sea and Sinbad’s Ship:

A memento of Mendelssohn‘s trip to Scotland, The Hebrides Overture

Telemann helps the port of Hamburg celebrate a centenary – Wassermusik [Water Music]:

Ouvertüre: 0:00
Sarabande “The sleeping Thetis”: 8:55
Bourrée “Thetis awakens”: 12:28
Loure “Neptune in love”: 14:16
Gavotte “Playing Naiads”: 16:11
Harlequinade “The joking Triton“: 17:00
The stormy Aeolus“: 18:16
Menuet “The pleasant Zephir”: 20:16
Gigue “Ebb and flow”: 22:54
Canarie “The jolly Boat People”: 24:30

Vivaldi ‘s storm in a recorder concerto:

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