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April 8, 2009

Peer Gynt

In 1867, Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen wrote a play about a young man who spends his life avoiding responsibility. The play features amorous milkmaids, a runaway bride, a cave full of trolls, and a sojourn in the deserts of Egypt. The drama never became one of Ibsen's biggest hits, but the music that Edvard Grieg wrote for it did. On today's PT, Grieg's "Peer Gynt" suites 1 and 2, performed by the North German Radio Philharmonic.

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hour 1

  • Dmitri Shostakovich
    Prelude and Fugue No. 15
    Pianist Vladimir Ashkenazy
  • Tobias Picker
    "Old and Lost Rivers"
    The Houston Symphony Orchestra with conductor Hans Graf
    Jones Hall, Houston
  • Dmitri Shostakovich
    Concerto for Piano, Trumpet, and Strings in C Minor, Op. 35
    Jon Kimura Parker, piano, and Mark Hughes, trumpet, with the Houston Symphony Orchestra and conductor Hans Graf
    Jones Hall, Houston
  • "The Piano Puzzler"
    This week's contestant is Timothy Strand from Minneapolis, Minnesota.
  • Levon Eroyan
    "Variations on an Anatolian Tune"
    Pianist Sahan Arzruni
    Merkin Concert Hall, New York City
  • Joel Engel
    "Beggar's Dance," from "The Dybbuk," Op. 35
    The Biava Quartet and friends
    The New York Society for Ethical Culture, New York City
  • Traditional
    "Chad Gadya" ("One Young Goat")
    Harpist Rachel Van Voorhees

hour 2

  • Antonin Dvorak
    Polonaise from "Rusalka"
    The Minnesota Orchestra with conductor Eiji Oue
  • Traditional (Arranged by Mark O'Connor)
    "Amazing Grace"
    Violinist Mark O'Connor
    Field Concert Hall, Philadelphia
  • Edvard Grieg
    "Peer Gynt," Suties No. 1 and 2, Op. 46 and 55
    The North German Radio Philharmonic Orchestra with conductor Eiji Oue
    Grand Studio, Hanover, Germany
  • Robert Schumann
    Arabeske in C, Op. 18
    Pianist Christian Zacharias
    Spivey Hall, Morrow, Georgia
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