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Nights in the Gardens of Spain

The Alhambra at night - Granada, SpainAmjad Sheikh, via Wikimedia Commons

July 15, 2021

The Alhambra is a sprawling palace and fortress built in the 1300s on a hill overlooking the city of Granada, Spain. On today's episode, hear a shimmering piece inspired by the colorful gardens on the grounds of the palace. Pianist Bernadene Blaha and the Texas Festival Orchestra perform Nights in the Gardens of Spain, by Manuel de Falla.

Episode Playlist

Hour 1

Dmitri Shostakovich: The Golden Age: Tahiti Trot
Moscow Chamber Orchestra | Constantine Orbelian, conductor
Album: Shostakovich: Waltzes
Delos 3257

Duke Ellington, Arr. Peress: New World A-Comin'
Charlie Albright, piano
The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra | JoAnn Falletta, conductor
The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Kleinhans Music Hall, Buffalo, NY

Dmitri Shostakovich: String Quartet No. 8 in C minor Op. 110
Ariel String Quartet
San Antonio Chamber Music Society, Temple Beth-El, San Antonio TX

Elisabeth Jacquet de la Guerre: Pieces de Clavecin from Suite No. 1 in D Minor
James Kennerley, harpsichord
Sonnambula, Baruch Performing Arts Center - Engelman Recital Hall, New York, NY

Hour 2

Manuel de Falla: Cuatro Piezas Españolas: Andaluza
Santiago Rodriguez, piano
Album: Spanish Album
Elan 2206

Eriks Esenvalds: Rivers of Light
Hanna-Maria Strand, mezzo-soprano
Jakob Soelberg, baritone
Daniel Aberg, jaw harp
Danish National Vocal Ensemble | Eamonn Dougan, conductor
DR Concert House, Copenhagen, Denmark

William Bolcom: Three Rags for String Quartet
Harlem Quartet
Interlochen Presents, Dendrinos Chapel and Recital Hall, Interlochen, MI

Manuel de Falla: Nights in the Gardens of Spain
Bernadene Blaha, piano
Texas Festival Orchestra | Andres Franco, conductor
Round Top Festival Institute, Festival Concert Hall, Round Top, TX