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June 13, 2008

Sounds of the seasons

It's winter in the southern hemisphere now. Here in the north, we'll have to rely on violinist Joshua Bell to provide our icicles. He'll perform "Winter" from Vivaldi's "Four Seasons" in Indiana. We'll also hear music inspired by the beauty of all the seasons, from Tchaikovsky's April in Russia to Astor Piazzolla's "Four Seasons of Buenos Aires."

Today's Playlist

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hour 1

  • Felix Blumenfeld
    Etude for the Left Hand Alone, Op. 36
    Pianist Michael Ponti
    Newport Music Festival, Newport, Rhode Island
  • Sir Edward Elgar
    Third movement from Violin Sonata in E Minor, Op. 82, and "Salut d'Amore," Op. 12
    Violinist Nai-Yuan Hu and pianist John Lenehan
    Newport Music Festival, Newport, Rhode Island
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Piano Concerto No. 12 in A, K. 414
    Pianist and conductor Maurizio Pollini with the Vienna Philharmonic
    Musikverein, Vienna, Austria
  • Enrique Granados
    "El mirar de la Maja" ("The Gaze of the Maja")
    Mezzo-soprano Lorraine Hunt Lieberson and pianist Steven Blier
    Caramoor International Music Festival, Katonah, New York
  • Enrique Granados
    Fourth movement from Trio for violin, cello, and piano, Op. 50, H. 140
    Violinist Jennifer Frautschi, cellist Jiri Barta and pianist Daniel del Pino
    Newport Music Festival, Newport, Rhode Island

hour 2

  • Astor Piazzolla
    "The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires"
    Violinist and conductor Andres Cardenes with the Strings Chamber Orchestra
    Strings Music Festival, Steamboat Springs, Colorado
  • Antonio Vivaldi
    "Winter" from "The Four Seasons"
    Violinist and conductor Joshua Bell with the Indiana University Festival Orchestra
    Summer Music Festival, Bloomington, Indiana
  • James Oswald
    "Ranunculus" from "Airs for the Seasons"
    Chatham Baroque
    Synod Hall, Oakland, Pennsylvania
  • Joseph Haydn
    "Scon eilet froh der Ackersmann" from "The Seasons," Hob. 21/3
    Baritone Thomas Quasthoff with Staatskapelle Dresden and conductor Sebastian Weigle
  • Peter Tchaikovsky
    "October (Autumn's Song)" Op. 37b, No. 10, and "April (The Snowdrop)" from "The Seasons," Op. 37b, No. 4
    Violist Helen Callus and pianist Robert Koenig
    Unitarian Society, Santa Barbara, California
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