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January 29, 2009

Hallowed Ground

In English, its name translates to "concert building." Not exactly an awe-inspiring name. But among musicians, it's talked about with a certain reverence, awe. Amsterdam's Concertgebouw is, arguably, the finest concert hall in the world. Today, we'll hear its resident orchestra, the Royal Concertgebouw, in performance. Pianist Severin von Eckardstein joins them for Beethoven's "Emperor" concerto.

Today's Playlist

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hour 1

  • Charles Gounod
    "Funeral March of a Marionette"
    The BBC Philharmonic with conductor Yan Pascal Tortelier
  • George Frideric Handel
    Allegro in C Minor and Andante in A Minor
    Trio Settecento
    The Frick Collection, New York City
  • Charles Gounod
    Second Movement from String Quartet No. 3 in F
    The Rossetti String Quartet
    Healdsburg Community Church, Healdsburg, California
  • Ludwig van Beethoven
    Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-flat ("Emperor")
    Pianist Severin von Eckardstein with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and conductor Paavo Jarvi
    Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, the Netherlands

hour 2

  • Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
    Serenade, Op. 37
    Cellist Steven Isserlis with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe and conductor John Eliot Gardiner
  • Johannes Brahms
    Four Hungarian Dances
    Pianists Jeremy Denk and Benjamin Hochman
    Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival, Bridgehampton, New York
  • Michael Tippett
    Concerto for Double String Orchestra
    The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and the Chamber Orchestra of Europe with conductor Douglas Boyd
    International Chamber Orchestra Festival, Saint Paul, Minnesota
  • Ronn McFarlane
    "Cathedral Cave" and "Indigo Road"
    Lutenist Ronn McFarlane
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