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Anton Bruckner

March 31, 2009

Never Satisfied

People who are always changing their minds can be a little maddening to work with. "I want it this way. No, wait, how about that way. No, now that I think about it, this other way is much better. You know, I think I liked it better the first way." Anton Bruckner was one of those people. He revised his fourth symphony no fewer than seven times. Today's show features one of those revisions, as the Toronto Symphony and conductor Peter Oundjian perform the first movement from Bruckner's fourth.

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hour 1

  • Antonin Dvorak
    Lento Maestoso from Piano Trio in E Minor, Op. 90, ("Dumky")
    Pianist Wu Han, violinist Ani Kavafian, and cellist David Finckel
    Music@Menlo, Palo Alto, California
  • Felix Mendelssohn
    "Hexenlied," Op. 8, No. 8
    Violinist Daniel Hope and pianist Sebastian Knauer
    Savannah Music Festival, Savannah, Georgia
  • Ralph Vaughan Williams
    Piano Quintet in C Minor
    Musicians of the Savannah Music Festival
    Savannah Music Festival, Savannah, Georgia
  • Camille Saint-Saens
    Excerpts from "The Carnival of the Animals"
    Musicians from Music@Menlo
    Music@Menlo, Menlo Park, California
  • Johann Sebastian Bach
    Excerpts from Mass in B Minor, BWV 232
    The Netherlands Bach Society with countertenor Matthew White and conductor Jos van Veldhoven
    Modlin Center for the Arts, Richmond, Virginia

hour 2

  • Maurice Ravel
    "Le Tombeau de Couperin"
    Musicians from Music@Menlo
    Music@Menlo, Palo Alto, California
  • Anton Bruckner
    First movement from Symphony No. 4
    The Toronto Symphony Orchestra with conductor Peter Oundjian
    Roy Thomson Hall, Toronto, Ontario
  • Gioachino Rossini
    Overture to "An Italian Girl in Algiers"
    The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra with conductor Ruggero Allifranchini
    Wooddale Church, Eden Prairie, Minnesota
  • Frank Martin
    "Fox Trot"
    The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra with conductor Hugh Wolff
  • Michael Daugherty
    "Sequin Music" from "Le Tombeau de Liberace"
    Pianist Terrence Wilson
    Ordway Center for the Performing Arts, St. Paul, Minnesota
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