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Stradivarius Violin

April 1, 2009


Instruments like this Stradivarius are among the most expensive in the world. Some of them are worth millions. But some musicians are choosing to alter their instruments with tattoos and piercings. Sound crazy? Some think so. But others insist they're just personalizing what they consider an extension of their own bodies - their instruments. Tune in to today's show for the full story. Plus, we'll hear our very own PT poem, written for us by poet C.K. Williams.

Today's Playlist

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hour 1

  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Overture to "The Abduction from the Seraglio"
    Concerto Koln
  • Ludwig van Beethoven
    Allegretto from Symphony No. 7 in A, Op. 92
    The Minnesota Orchestra with conductor Osmo Vanska
  • George Frideric Handel
    Concerto Grosso in B-flat, HWV 313, Op. 3, No. 2
    Concerto Koln
    Wartburg Palace, Eisenach, Germany
  • "The Piano Puzzler"
    This week's contestant is Park Stickney from Cardiff, Wales.
  • Igor Stravinsky
    Minuetto and Finale from "Pulcinella" Suite
    The Juilliard Orchestra with conductor David Robertson
    Alice Tully Hall, New York City

hour 2

  • Franz Schubert
    German Dance No. 10, D. 783, Landler No. 3, D. 790, and Moment Musical No. 3, D 780
    Violinist Gil Shaham and guitarist Goran Sollscher
  • Eric Hakkonen
    "Finnish Gypsies"
    Brooklyn Rider
    Maude Moon Weyerhaeuser Studio, St. Paul, Minnesota
  • Egberto Gismonti
    "Agua e Vinho"
    Guitarist Sharon Isbin
  • Edward Elgar
    Last two movements from Violin Concerto in B Minor, Op. 61
    Violinist Gil Shaham with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra and conductor David Zinman
    Philharmonie, Berlin, Germany
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