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Spring Flower

March 20, 2009

Celebrating Spring

Today marks the vernal equinox, the first day of spring in the northern hemisphere. We'll hear what spring sounds like to composers Vivaldi, Piazzolla, Debussy, and Schubert. Plus, we'll hear music about flowers, frogs, and California's Santa Ana Winds. Experience springtime and the joy of being reborn, on today's PT.

Today's Playlist

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hour 1

  • Carl Orff
    "The Merry Face of Spring," from "Carmina Burana"
    The Vienna Philharmonic and Arnold Schoenberg Choir with conductor Andre Previn
  • Ludwig van Beethoven
    Adagio from Violin Sonata No. 5 in F, Op. 24 ("Spring")
    Violist Helen Callus and pianist Robert Koenig
    Unitarian Society, Santa Barbara, California
  • Anthony Holborne
    "Heigh-Ho Holiday"
    Capriccio Stravagante with conductor Skip Sempe
    Musica Antica Early Music Festival, Bruges, Belgium
  • Astor Piazzolla
    "Spring," from "Cuatro Estaciones Portenas" ("The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires")
    The Santa Fe Guitar Quartet
    Flagler Museum, Palm Beach, Florida
  • Claude Debussy
    "Printemps" ("Spring")
    The Limburg Symphony Orchestra with conductor Ed Spanjaard
    Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
  • Franz Schubert
    "Im Fruhling" ("In Springtime")
    Tenor Ian Bostridge and pianist Julius Drake
    Spivey Hall, Morrow, Georgia
  • Antonio Vivaldi
    "Spring," from "The Four Seasons," Op. 8, No. 1
    Violinist Julie Andrijeski with Apollo's Fire and harpsichordist and conductor Jeannette Sorrell
    St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Cleveland Heights, Ohio

hour 2

  • Jean Francaix
    Two movements from "L'Horloge de Flore" ("The Flower Clock")
    Oboist John Anderson with the Philharmonia Orchestra and conductor Simon Wright
  • James Oswald
    "Ranunculus," from "Airs for the Seasons"
    Chatham Baroque with recorder and baroque flutist Alison Melville
    Synod Hall, Oakland, Pennsylvania
  • Gernot Wolfgang
    "Desert Wind"
    The Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra with conductor Jeffrey Kahane
    Royce Hall, Los Angeles
  • Joseph Haydn
    Symphony No. 98 in B-flat
    The Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra with conductor Jeffrey Kahane
    Royce Hall, Los Angeles
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