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September 4, 2008

Gergiev conducts Tchaikovsky

A lot of outstanding orchestras perform at London's BBC Proms. So what does the top hometown band, the London Symphony, do to re-assert its status as one of the best? At a concert two weeks ago, Valery Gergiev led them in Tchaikovsky's complete music for the ballet, "Sleeping Beauty," all three-plus hours of it. We'll have excerpts from that concert both today and tomorrow.

Today's Playlist

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hour 1

  • Luigi Boccherini
    Rondo from String Quintet in C, Op. 28, No. 4
    The Delme Quartet
  • Chen Yi
    The Ying Quartet
    Aspen Music Festival and School, Aspen, Colorado
  • Luigi Boccherini
    Pastorale from Guitar Quintet No. 4, G. 448 ("Fandango")
    Guitarist Jason Vieaux, violinists Joseph Lin and David Armstrong, violist Yzhak Schotten and cellist Young Song
    Strings Music Festival, Steamboat Springs, Colorado
  • Robert Schumann
    Piano Concerto in A Minor, Op. 54
    Pianist Christian Zacharias with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra
    Carnegie Hall, New York City

hour 2

  • Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
    "Tsveti Moi!" from "Servilla"
    Soprano Renee Fleming with the Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre and conductor Valery Gergiev
  • Traditional
    Variations and Improvisations on a French Melody
    Jordi Savall, viola da gamba, and Rolf Lislevand, theorbo
    The BBC Proms, London, England
  • Peter Tchaikovsky
    Excerpts from the Prologue and Act One of "The Sleeping Beauty"
    The London Symphony Orchestra with conductor Valery Gergiev
    The BBC Proms, London, England
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Fantasy in D Minor, K. 397
    Pianist Michael Roll
    Portland Center for the Performing Arts, Portland, Oregon
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