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Kreutzer Sonata

Weekend of January 31, 2009

Kreutzer Inspiration

Beethoven's Kreutzer Sonata (Violin Sonata No. 9) has primed the creative pumps of plenty of other artists. Tolstoy wrote a book about it. Prinet painted this picture of it. Leos Janacek wrote a string quartet about it. There was even a silent movie, starring Hollywood vamp Theda Bara. Today, we'll hear a bit of the original, plus the Janacek version, from a performance at Washington's Smithsonian.

Today's Playlist

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hour 1

  • Leos Janacek
    Second Movement from Sonata for Violin and Piano
    Violinist Josef Suk and pianist Jan Panenka
  • Johann Sebastian Bach
    Concerto for Violin and Oboe, BWV 1060
    Violinist Brian Lewis and oboist Alecia Lawyer with the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra and conductor Tanya Ratner
    St. John the Divine Episcopal Church, Houston
  • Cesar Franck
    Prelude, Fugue, and Variations
    Pianist Anastasia Markina
    Katzin Concert Hall, Tempe, Arizona
  • Leos Janacek
    String Quartet No. 1 ("The Kreutzer Sonata")
    Violinists Miho Saegusa and Jessica Lee, violist Mark Holloway, and cellist Na-Young Baek
    Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven
    Finale from Violin Sonata No. 9 in A, Op. 47 ("Kreutzer")
    Violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter

hour 2

  • Charles Trenet (Arranged by Alexis Weissenberg)
    "Un Avril a Paris"
    Pianist Marc-Andre Hamelin
    Maud Moon Weyerhaeuser Studio, St. Paul, Minnesota
  • Marc-Andre Hamelin
    "Little Nocturne"
    Pianist Marc-Andre Hamelin
    Maud Moon Weyerhaeuser Studio, St. Paul, Minnesota
  • Claude Debussy
    "Fireworks" Prelude
    Pianist Marc-Andre Hamelin
    Maud Moon Weyerhaeuser Studio, St. Paul, Minnesota
  • Igor Stravinsky
    "Ragtime for 11 Instruments"
    The London Sinfonietta with conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen
  • Igor Stravinsky
    Suite from "The Soldier's Tale" ("L'Histoire du Soldat")
    The London Sinfonietta
    The International Chamber Orchestra Festival, Minneapolis
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