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April 29, 2008

Beethoven at the barbican

What is Beethoven's greatest symphony? Well, it's a matter of taste, but many claim that the Seventh is the one that has it all. The deepest sadness and the most exultant sense of triumph. From Barbican Hall in London, we'll hear it performed by Jiri Belohlavek and the BBC Symphony.

Today's Playlist

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hour 1

  • Jacquet de la Guerre
    First, second and third movements of Sonata No. 2 in D for Violin and Basso Continuo
    Bizzarrie Armoniche Ensemble with violinist Riccardo Minasi
  • Giovanni da Palestrina
    "Vestiva i colli"
    Violinist Riccardo Minasi and harpsichordist Giulia Nuti
    Brevnov Monastery, Prague, Czech Republic
  • Giovanni da Palestrina
    "Sicut cervus"
    The St. Olaf Choir with conductor Anton Armstrong
    Maud Moon Weyerhaeuser Studio, St. Paul
  • Anonymous
    Hesperion XXI
    Musica Mundi Festival, Brussels, Belgium
  • Ludwig van Beethoven
    Symphony No. 7 in A, Op. 92
    The BBC Symphony Orchestra with conductor Jiri Belohlavek
    Barbican Hall, London, England

hour 2

  • Igor Stravinsky
    Divertimento, Ballet Suite from "The Fairy's Kiss"
    Academy Festival Orchestra and conductor Alexander Lazarev
    Lobero Theater, Santa Barbara, CA
  • Sergei Rachmaninoff
    Prelude in G, Op. 32, No. 5
    Pianist Valentina Lisitsa
    Sanibel Music Festival, Sanibel, Florida
  • Moritz Moszkowski
    Fourth movement from Suite for Two Violins and Piano
    Violinists Jasmine Lin and Tai Murray, and pianist Katherine Collier
    Strings in the Mountains, Steamboat Springs, Colorado
  • Peter Tchaikovsky
    Polonaise from "Eugene Onegin"
    The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra with conductor David Zinman
  • Peter Tchaikovsky
    "October" and "April" from "The Seasons," Op. 37b; Nocturne, Op. 19, No. 4; and "Ardent Declaration"
    violist Helen Callus and pianist Robert Koenig
    Unitarian Society, Santa Barbara, California
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