Darko Butorac has a playlist for you



In this week's cover story we profile the Missoula Symphony Orchestra's music director Darko Butorac. Butorac, along with MSO, has been trying to dispel the perception that classical music is stuffy and irrelevant to younger generations. Here he's provided five playlists for various occasions (including hooking up) with a few comments about each piece. You can listen to the playlists here. (The particular versions of each piece were chosen by the Indy.)

  • Dvorak

Roadtrip playlist
Dvorak Cello Concerto. “Perfect accompaniment on scenic driving with grand vistas.”
Ravel Daphnis and Chloe Suite No.2 “Danse general.” “This would be great for curvy mountain roads imagining you are James Bond in an Aston Martin.”
Holst Mars from the Planets. “This one is most likely to earn you a speeding ticket out of the lot. Listen full blast.”
Prokofiev Alexander Nevsky “Battle on the Ice.” “This has an incessant driving rhythm, and it’s where John Williams picked up some of his Jaws score.”
Strauss, Josef Music of the Spheres Waltz. “This is great for coasting among snowy landscapes.”

  • Mahler

Outdoor playlist
Smetana “From Bohemia’s Woods and Fields.” “Works for woods and fields worldwide.
Mahler Symphony No.1 First movement. “One of the most evocative of nature-inspired works, complete with cuckoos, rustling leaves, and flowing rivers.”
Sibelius Symphony No.1 First movement. “Great for lake vistas and forests, like most music by this nature-loving Finnish composer.”
Kodaly Solo Cello Sonata. “When reflecting upon solitude in nature.”
Bach Chaconne from Violin Partita No.2. “This is what should be listened to when climbing Everest—a peak of musical expression and genius. Actually, any Bach for that matter.”

  • Beethoven

Go Big or Go Home playlist
Respighi Pines of the Appian Way from Pines of Rome. “For everyone’s inner gladiator.”
Saints-Saens Symphony No.3 Finale. “Big orchestra, big organ, big tunes. YES!”
Beethoven Symphony No.3. “It is not called Eroica for nothing.”
Mahler Symphony No.2. “Like the ‘Ode to Joy’ on ’roids.”
Boito Prologue from Mefistofele. “Quite possibly the loudest piece I have ever conducted, complete with thunder sheet! Gotta love Italian Opera for its lack of subtlety.”

Hookup playlist
Ravel Bolero “To quote Bo Derek from the film 10: ‘Did you ever do it to Ravel’s Bolero?’”
Wagner Liebestod from Tristan und Isolde. “Tension, tension and more tension...”
Strauss Dance of the Seven Veils from Salome. “Greatest striptease music ever written.”
Puccini La Boheme. “For the true romantic, just like Cher and Nicholas Cage in Moonstruck.
Mozart “Deh vieni alla finestra” from Don Giovanni (Don Juan). “This is the pick up song from the guy who seduced 2065 women. Quantity over quality?”

Heartbreak playlist: The five stages of grief for true catharsis

Strauss Trio from Rosenkavalier. “Denial.”
Mozart Queen of the Night Aria from Magic Flute. “Rage.”
Leoncavallo “Recitar!” from I Pagliacci. “Bargaining.”
Dvorak “American” Quartet 2nd movement. “Depression.”
Schubert String Quintet in C major 2nd movement. “Acceptance.”

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