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Igor Stravinsky

Weekend of January 10, 2009

The Firebird

It was an unlikely chain of events that brought Igor Stravinsky and "The Firebird" together. The Ballet Russes first considered four other composers before turning, in desperation, to the young, unknown Stravinsky. The result was a masterpiece, and Stravinsky became an overnight star. Today we'll hear the Netherlands Symphony perform a suite from Stravinsky's ballet.

Today's Playlist

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hour 1

  • Antonio Vivaldi
    Third and Fourth Movements from Concerto in D Minor for Recorders and Strings, RV 535
    Matthias Maute, recorder and conductor, with Ensemble Caprice
  • Igor Stravinsky
    Suite from "The Firebird"
    The Netherlands Symphony Orchestra with conductor Gerd Albrecht
    The Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
  • Somei Satoh
    "Birds in Warped Time II"
    Violinist Theresa Salomon and pianist Kathrun Woodard
    Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.
  • Harold Arlen
    "Over the Rainbow"
    Soprano Renee Fleming and pianist Richard Bado
    Maud Moon Weyerhaeuser Studio, St. Paul, Minnesota
  • George Gershwin
    "Blues" from "An American in Paris"
    The Italian Saxophone Quartet
    Wells Fargo Center for the Arts, Santa Rosa, California
  • Duke Ellington
    "Jump for Joy"
    The Frick Collection, New York City

hour 2

  • Joseph Haydn
    Presto from Quartet No. 27 in D, Op. 20, No. 4
    The Mendelssohn String Quartet
    Maud Moon Weyerhaeuser Studio, St. Paul, Minnesota
  • Joseph Haydn
    Piano Sonata in B Minor, Hob. XVI:32
    Pianist Chu-Fang Huang
    Strings Music Festival, Steamboat Springs, Colorado
  • Aaron Copland
    "Three Latin American Sketches"
    The Orpheus Chamber Orchestra
    Carnegie Hall, New York City
  • Juan Crisostomos Arriaga
    String Quartet No. 3 in E-flat
    The Miro Quartet
    Alice Tully Hall, New York City
  • Antonin Dvorak
    Vivace from String Quartet No. 12 in F, Op. 96 ("American")
    The Guarneri Quartet
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