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April 9, 2009

The Messiah

Handel's great oratorio, "Messiah," is mostly thought of as a Christmas piece. But it was written for, and had its premiere in, the season of Easter. On today's show, we'll feature music from a performance of "Messiah" given just last week in Austin, Texas. Craig Hella Johnson leads the voices of Conspirare and the instrumentalists of the Victoria Bach Festival Baroque Band.

Today's Playlist

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hour 1

  • George Frideric Handel
    Passacaglia from "Radamisto"
    The Academy for Ancient Music with conductor Andreas Scholl
  • Cornelius Dufallo
    Grand Canyon Music Festival, Grand Canyon, Arizona
  • Arvo Part
    "Fur Alina"
    Pianist Anastasia Markina
    Katzin Concert Hall, Tempe, Arizona
  • Samuel Scheidt
    "Courant Dolorosa"
    Capriccio Stravagante with conductor Skip Sempe
    Musica Antica Early Music Festival, Bruges, Belgium
  • Carl Nielsen
    "Serenata in Vano"
    Musicians from the Music Academy of the West
    Music Academy of the West, Santa Barbara, California
  • George Frideric Handel
    Excerpts from "Messiah"
    Conspirare with the Victoria Bach Festival Baroque Band and conductor Craig Hella Johnson
    St. Martin's Lutheran Church, Austin, Texas

hour 2

  • Sergei Prokofiev
    "Overture on Hebrew Themes," Op. 34
    The Escher String Quartet with clarinetist David Shifrin and pianist Shai Wosner
    Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston
  • Johann Sebastian Bach
    Prelude from Solo Cello Suite No. 1 and Sarabande from Solo Cello Suite No. 3
    Cellist Matt Haimovitz
    Maud Moon Weyerhaeuser Studio, St. Paul, Minnesota
  • Olivier Messiaen
    Third movement from "L'Ascension" ("The Ascension")
    The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra with conductor Myung-Whun Chung
    Royal Concertgebouw Hall, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
  • William Byrd
    Stile Antico
    Musica Antica Early Music Festival, Bruges, Belgium
  • Thomas Tallis
    "Why Fum'th in Fight"
    Stile Antico
    Musica Antica Early Music Festival, Bruges, Belgium
  • Orlande de Lassus
    "Veni, Dilecte mi"
    Stile Antico
  • Antonin Dvorak
    Finale from Symphony No. 7 in D Minor, Op. 70
    The Buffalo Philharmonic with conductor JoAnn Falletta
    Kleinhans Music Hall, Buffalo, New York
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