While it often seems that Pittsburgh goes directly from winter to hot, humid summer, this year we are enjoying a real spring with lots of days requiring a light jacket or an umbrella. To keep you in the mood, here are four recordings of classical music with spring themes recorded by Pittsburgh musicians, young and old:
- Copland, Aaron Appalachian Spring
William Steinberg conducts the Pittsburgh Symphony in this 1967 recording of Copland’s wonderful ballet score.
- Debussy, Claude We Sing to Spring
Pittsburgh’s Children’s Festival Chorus greets the season with Debussy’s lovely choral work.
- Piazzolla, Astor Primavera Porteña
The Pittsburgh Piano Trio plays Piazzolla’s impressions of spring in Buenos Aires.
- Schumann/Liszt Frühlingsnacht
Piano legend Earl Wild, born in Pittsburgh in 1915 and recently retired from Carnegie Mellon University, plays Liszt’s transcription of Schumann’s song of spring at night.