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Halloween Moon

October 31, 2008

The razor's edge

Sharp objects and sharp performances, in honor of Halloween. Josef Haydn was frustrated with a dull razor one morning, and offered to give his best string quartet for a decent shave. Someone produced one, and the "Razor" quartet was born. If that's not scary enough, we'll have music from Stephen Sondheim's "Sweeney Todd," the demon barber of Fleet Street.

Today's Playlist

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hour 1

  • Franz Waxman
    Music from "Bride of Frankenstein"
    The Westminster Philharmonic Orchestra with conductor Kenneth Alwyn
  • Johann Sebastian Bach
    Toccata and Fugue in D Minor, BWV 565
    Organist Paul Jacobs with the Pacific Symphony and conductor Carl St. Clair
    Orange County Performing Arts Center, Costa Mesa, California
  • Igor Stravinsky
    "Eccentric," from "Three Pieces for String Quartet"
    The St. Petersburg String Quartet
    The New York Society for Ethical Culture, New York City
  • Gustav Mahler
    Two movements from Symphony No. 1 in D ("Titan")
    The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra with conductor Leonard Bernstein
    The Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Leos Janacek
    Music from "In the Mist"
    Pianist Leif Ove Andsnes
    The Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

hour 2

  • Richard Strauss
    "Till Eulenspiegel's Merry Pranks," Op. 28
    The Aspen Festival Orchestra with conductor David Zinman
    Aspen Music Festival, Aspen, Colorado
  • Stephen Sondheim
    "The Ballad of Sweeney Todd"
    George Hearn and Company with the New York Philharmonic and conductor Andrew Litton
    Avery Fisher Hall, New York City
  • Josef Haydn
    String Quartet in F Minor, Op. 55/2 ("Razor")
    The Meta4 String Quartet
    Wartburg Castle, Eisenach, Germany
  • Antonio Bazzini
    "Dance of the Goblins"
    Violinist Shannon Lee and pianist Pamela Mia Paul
  • Franz Schubert
    "The Erlking"
    The Bergonzi String Quartet
    Festival Miami, Miami
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