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Music for Food Lovers

Music for Food Lovers

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Gourmet classics

We all love cooking and eating and we all love listening to music. This CD combines both in a scintillating program of fine music for dining. Revel in the fine sound of the Symphony Orchestra, enjoy the sizzle and crackle of great music in a programme to tickle both the ears and the taste buds.
14 tracks 70 min

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Music for Food Lovers
Gourmet Classics

We all love cooking and eating and we all love listening to music. This CD combines both in a scintillating program of fine music for dining. Revel in the fine sound of the Symphony Orchestra, enjoy the sizzle and crackle of great music in a programme to tickle both the ears and the taste buds.

1 Espana
Alexis Emmanuel Chabrier (1841-1894)
Cincinnati Pops Orchestra conducted by Erich Kunzel

2 L'Elisir d'Amore: Act I - Quanto è bella, quanto è cara
Gaetano Donizetti (1797-1848)
Rome Lyric Opera Orchestra conducted by Alberico Vitalini, Manlio Rocchi, tenor

3 Guitar concerto in D minor: iii Un poco Allegro
Johann Friedrich Fasch (1688-1758)
Southwest German Chamber Orchestra conducted by Paul Angerer, Konrad Ragossnig, guitar

Flute concerto No 5 in F major, RV 434
Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)
South German Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Henry Adolph, Hans Gösser, flute
4 i Allegro
5 ii Largo e cantabile
6 iii Presto

7 Waltz, Op 64 No 2 in C-Sharp Minor
Frédéric Chopin (1810-1849)
Peter Schmalfuss, piano

8 Cantos de Espana, Op 232 iv Cordoba
Isaac Albéniz (1860-1909)
Irina Kircher, guitar

Tafelmusik, Suite no 2 in D major
Georg Philipp Telemann (1681-1767)
Würzburg Camerata Academica conducted by Hanns Reinart
9 v Air (Allegro)
10 vi Conclusion

11 Concierto De Aranjuez for guitar and orchestra i Allegro con spirito
Joaquín Rodrigo (1901-1999)
Venezuela Orquesta Sinfonica conducted by E. A. Marturet Machado, Irina Kircher, guitar

Quintet no 7 in E minor for guitar and strings G 451
Luigi Boccherini (1743-1805)
Karl-Heinz Bottner, guitar, Günter Kehr, violin, Hans Kalafusz, violin, Günter Lemmen, viola, Siegfried Palm, cello
12 ii Adagio
13 iii Minuetto

14 Freut Euch des Lebens Waltz Op 340
Johann Strauss (Son) (1825-1899)
Vienna Promenade Orchestra conducted by Alexander von Pitamic

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If music be the food of love… Maybe this CD will help you prepare it!
A tour around Europe takes in the culinary highlights of Spain, Italy and France, with detours to Chopin's Poland, to Germany and to Austria. We must not forget Telemann's famous 'table music' which was written in the 18th century for the good burghers of Hamburg who would dine on a regular basis to such delights. And sticking with the European theme we have music from Venice (remember the black squid pasta sauce?) and we end with a Vienese trifle with lovely music by Johann Strauss in which we celebrate the 'joys of life', which for us can definitely encompass the joys of food and the pleasure of eating it!

Chabrier's Espana is a musical Frenchman writing about Spain! Emmanuel Chabrier was one of the leading artistic figures of his generation, who was one of the first to collect Impressionist paintings. His music is much admired even though today he is largely known for only one or two works. Other composers rated him very highly: even Igor Stravinsky quoted Espana in his own great ballet Petrushka.

Opera has to feature on this CD of course because for many people it's hard to imagine music without opera and for many people it is associated with good living and joy. Donizetti was one of the true greats writing music in the amazing Bel Canto style, in which the singer is tested to the limits, having to sing long, long phrases requiring tremendous breath control as well as intense musicality.

Back in Spain we couldn't go too far without music for guitar! Rodrigo's concerto is one of he best-known classical pieces of all time. Rodrigo was a Spanish Nobleman from Valencia and he achieved great musical success despite being nearly blind. Albeniz was heavily influenced by Spanish folk music. His guitar music was transcribed for several different instruments but he remains a true classical guitarist of the highest order.

So, put the CD on and enjoy some amazing music. With luck it will inspire you to cook and produce gourmet meals to match your gourmet classics!

Viennese Whirls

Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 15 minutes

Makes approximately 10 biscuits


100g unsalted butter
6 tbsp icing sugar
50g plain flour
50g corn flour
pinch of salf
½ tsp vanilla extract

Any flavour jam of your choice (raspberry and strawberry work well)
75g icing sugar
50g unsalted butter
1tbsp double cream
a few drops of vanilla extract


Prepare by heating your oven to 180°C (gas mark 4) and greasing two baking trays.
Use an electric whisk to cream the butter and sugar together until they become pale and soft. Stir in the remaining biscuit ingredients.
To create authentic-looking whirls use a piping bag with a large star-shaped tip to pipe 20 biscuits onto the pre-greased baking trays. If you don't have a piping bag, simply use a spoon and create a swirled effect yourself.
Bake for 10-15 minutes, or until golden brown. Leave the biscuits on the tray to cool for at least 5 minutes before transferring them to a wire rack for a further 15 minutes.

For the filling, cream together the butter and sugar. Add the double cream and 2-3 drops of vanilla extract and mix at a high speed until fluffy. Spread this butter cream over the flat side of 10 of the cooled whirls and do the same to the other 10 using the jam. Sandwich the sides together before dusting with icing sugar.

For a citrus variation, why not add lemon zest into the biscuit mixture and replace the jam with lemon curd.

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