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Percussion: Classical Listening Examples

Classical Listening Examples

Listening examples for percussion from classical music



Symphony No. 94: "The Surprise"; Symphony No. 100, "Military"; Symphony No. 101, "The Clock" by Joseph Haydn
CD 7431  Check Availability
Image:Symphony_No_94_Joseph_Haydn.jpg‎ From the catalog:
"English Chamber Orchestra, Jean-François Paillard, conductor."
Symphony No. 9 in D Minor, Op. 125: "Choral"; "Fidelio" Overture, Op. 72b by Ludwig van Beethoven
CD 8996  Check Availability
Image:Symphoney_No_9_Beethoven.jpg‎ From the catalog:
"Recorded at Manhattan Center, New York City, May 18, 1964 (op. 125); Philharmonic Hall (now Avery Fisher Hall) Lincoln Center, New York City, January 10 & 31, 1967."


Symphonie Fantastique: Op. 14 by Hector Berlioz
CD 3535  Check Availability
Image:Symphonie_Fantastique_Hector_Berlioz.jpg‎ From the catalog:
"Concertgebouw Orchestra, Amsterdam; Colin Davis, conductor."
Pictures at an Exhibition; Night on the Bare Mountain; Khovanshchina-Prelude; Russian Easter Festival Overture by Mussorgsky and Rimsky-Korsakov
CD 3047  Check Availability
Image:Pictures_at_an_Exhibition_Night_on_the_Bare_Mountain.jpg‎ From the catalog:
"Orchestre symphonique de Montreal; Charles Dutoit, conductor."


Bolero: Taneční Básěn: Dafnis a Chloe. Suita č. 1; Suita č. 2 by Maurice Ravel
CD 8793  Check Availability
Image:No_cover_image_available-CD.jpg From the catalog:
"Recorded at the Supraphon studio at the House of Artists, Prague, Nov. 7-9, 1983 (2nd work) and Feb. 9, 1985 (1st work)."
L'histoire du Soldat: Septet; Pribaoutki; Ragtime by Igor Stravinsky
CD 9014  Check Availability
Image:Lhistoire_du_Soldat_Stravinsky.jpg‎ From the catalog:
"Soloists Ensemble of the Bolshoi Theatre; Alexander Lazarev, conductor."


Concerto for Orchestra; Music for Strings, Percussion, and Celesta by Béla Bartók
CD 8387  Check Availability
Image:Concerto_for_Orchestra_Bartok.jpg‎ From
"...The Concerto for Orchestra is really a five-movement symphony in arch-form, though it contains so much virtuoso writing to highlight every instrument in the orchestra that the term 'Concerto for Orchestra' was deemed most appropriate by Bartók. The Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta is structured more closely to the four-movement Classical form, though again Bartók avoided naming it a symphony, perhaps to avoid limiting comparisons, and chose instead the abstract title it bears. Whatever his reasons were for denying them the designation of symphony, many listeners are drawn to these works because of their formal beauty and coherent structure, and the highly personal statements Bartók made in them are as profound as any of the greatest symphonies..." - Blair Sanderson
Ionisation; Amériques; Density 21.5; Offrandes; Arcana; Octandre; Intégrales by Edgar Varèse
CD 1905  Check Availability
Image:Ionisation_Ameriques_Edgar_Varese.jpg‎ From
"Pierre Boulez's insightful interpretations of Varèse's music were important additions to a once meager catalog of recordings. The 1977 release of Ionisation, Arcana, and Amériques came as a revelation and redressed the false impressions other wooden and inept performances had left of these pieces. Boulez's recordings have vivid details, room for the music to breathe, and disciplined organization in which nothing is obscured. Of the works performed by the New York Philharmonic, Arcana is transparent and brutally direct, and Amériques is rich and filled with foreboding. Ionisation is spacious and reverberant, with all of the rhythmic details placed in high relief..." - Blair Sanderson



Drumming by Steve Reich
CD 25907  Check Availability
Image:Drumming_Steve_Reich.jpg‎ From the catalog:
"Recorded Nov. 13-15, 2004, The Hit Factory, NYC, and Sony Music Studios, NYC."


Don Giovanni  libretto by Lorenzo de Ponte; music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
DVD 19  Check Availability
Image:Don_Giovanni.jpg‎ From the catalog:
"The story of Don Giovanni centers around a young nobleman who is obsessed with amorous conquests and his encounters with Donna Anna, who seeks revenge for her father's murder."
Le Sacre du Printemps: Symphonies d'instruments a Vent by Igor Stravinsky
DVD 1009  Check Availability
Image:Le_Sacre_du_Primtemps_Stravinsky.jpg‎ From
"Pierre Boulez conducts Stravinsky's 'Le Sacre du Printemps' (The Rites of Spring), which was originally commissioned by Diaghilev for his Ballets Russes. The magnificent score premiered in Paris in 1913. The rhythmic complexities of 'Sacre' are notorious, but in the hands of a master of modern music and one of the world's top [orchestras], the London Symphony Orchestra, the elemental barbarism of the music is thrilling. This program also includes 'Symphonies D'Instrument A Vent' and a short interview with Pierre Boulez."


49 Waltzes for the 5 Boroughs: A Complete Video Realization by John Cage
DVD 3464  Check Availability
Image:49_Waltzes_5_Boroughs_John_Cage.jpg‎ From
"Cage constructed his 'waltzes' as a series of multi-colored triangles superimposed on the Hagstrom map of New York City. Wanting to celebrate Cage's memory, Don Gillespie decided to collect the sights and sounds from all the specified locations. This project took a year to complete. Its subject is unintentional music made by people, birds, planes, automobiles, police and fire sirens, and more. Deciding that 2 hours was an optimal length, composer Andrew Culver, was asked to determine the durations of the 147 locations. Using Cage's computerized I Ching software, Culver arrived at durations from 16 seconds to 3:44. The film is also an video time capsule of a New York that has long changed."