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Cuckoo Bird

March 25, 2009

Taking Flight

In 1927, Italian composer Ottorino Respighi wrote a suite of musical portraits. Not of kings or queens, mythological or historical figures. It was a suite of bird music, including portraits of the hen, the dove, the nightingale, and the cuckoo (pictured). As you enjoy the spring bird migration outside your window, you can listen to these charming settings of their music, performed by the Oregon Bach Festival Orchestra and conductor Nicholas McGegan.

Today's Playlist

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hour 1

  • Ottorino Respighi
    "Circenses," from "Roman Festivals"
    The Academy of St. Martin in the Fields with conductor Neville Marriner
  • Alberto Ginastera
    "Impresiones de la Puna"
    Musicians from the Colorado College Summer Music Festival
    Colorado College Summer Music Festival, Colorado Springs, Colorado
  • Jean-Fery Rebel
    Chaconne from "Les Elemens"
    The European Union Baroque Orchestra with conductor Roy Goodman
    Bulgarie Concert Hall, Sofia, Bulgaria
  • Henry Purcell
    Chaconne for Strings
    Collegium Novum with conductor Edward Higginbottom
    Abbey, Ambronay, France
  • "The Piano Puzzler"
    This week's contestant is Brandon Peterson from St. Paul, Minnesota.
  • Ottorino Respighi
    "The Birds," P. 154
    The Oregon Bach Festival Orchestra with conductor Nicholas McGegan
    Oregon Bach Festival, Eugene, Oregon

hour 2

  • Franz Liszt
    Piano Concerto No. 2 in A
    Pianist Kosuke Kita with the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra and conductor Kazumasa Watanabe
    Concert Hall, Tokyo, Japan
  • Isa Krejci
    Wind Quintet
    The Prague Wind Quintet
    Dvorak Hall, Prague, Czech Republic
  • Dmitri Kabalevsky
    "A Short Story"
    Pianist Stephen Beus
    Wellspring Theater, Kalamazoo, Michigan
  • Charles Griffes
    "The Night Winds," Op. 5, No. 3
    Pianist Stephen Beus
    Wellspring Theater, Kalamazoo, Michigan
  • Joseph Haydn
    Finale from String Quartet in G, Op. 76, No. 1, Hob. III:75
    The Amadeus Quartet
  • Joseph Haydn
    Trio in G for Violin, Viola, and Cello, Op. 53, No. 1
    Violinist Cho-Liang Lin, violist Paul Neubauer, and cellist Gary Hoffman
    The New York Society for Ethical Culture, New York City
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