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December 1, 2008

Musical Poetry

Stravinsky once said that "writing about music is like dancing about architecture." Today we'll turn that around and have music about writing. Today's second hour features some musical works that are based on poetry, and others that are musical poems themselves. Plus, one of the orchestras on the show was just named the best in the world. Tune in to find out who the winner was.

Today's Playlist

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hour 1

  • Joseph Haydn
    Finale from Symphony No. 49 in C, Hob. I:48 ("Maria Theresia")
    The Orpheus Chamber Orchestra
  • Ralph Vaughan Williams
    Prelude from Phantasy Quintet for Two Violins, Two Violas, and Cello
    The Orion String Quartet and violist Paul Neubauer
    Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, New York City
  • Johannes Brahms
    Intermezzo in E-flat, Op. 117, No. 1
    Pianist Radu Lupu
    Berwaldhallen, Stockholm, Sweden
  • Reinhold Gliere
    Impromptu, Op. 35, No. 9
    Bassoonist Daniel Matsukawa and pianist Christoph Eschenbach
    Curtis Institute of Music, Philadelphia
  • Johann Sebastian Bach
    Sonata for Violin and Piano in A, BWV 1015
    Violinist Joseph Lin and pianist Orion Weiss
    Seattle Chamber Music Festival, Seattle
  • Joseph Haydn
    Symphony No. 59 ("Fire")
    The Orpheus Chamber Orchestra
    Carnegie Hall, New York City

hour 2

  • Alexander Scriabin
    Poemes Op. 69, No. 1 and No. 2
    Pianist Garrick Ohlsson
    Maud Moon Weyerhaeuser Studio, St. Paul, Minnesota
  • Antonin Dvorak
    "The Golden Spinning Wheel"
    The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra with conductor Daniel Harding
    Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
  • Edvard Grieg
    "Poeme Erotique"
    Cellist David Finckel and pianist Wu Han
    Union College, Schenectady, New York
  • Reynaldo Hahn
    "Paulus Potter" from "Four Portraits of Painters after Poems by Marcel Proust"
    Pianist Jeffrey Swann
    International Keyboard Institute and Festival, New York City
  • Camille Saint-Saens
    Prelude from "The Deluge"
    Violinist Augustin Dumay with the Monte-Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra and conductor Manuel Rosenthal
  • Alexander Borodin
    "In the Steppes of Central Asia"
    The Monte-Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra with conductor Emmanuel Krivine
    Rainier III Auditorium, Monaco
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