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April 22, 2009

On the big screen

For an actor, making it big in Hollywood is the epitome of success. But for a classical composer? Most consider the concert hall more of a barometer of success. Many composers have dabbled with composing music for films, however. On today's show, we'll hear music for the big screen, by Dmitri Shostakovich (pictured), Sergei Prokofiev, and Toru Takemitsu.

Today's Playlist

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hour 1

  • Bohuslav Martinu
    "Magical Bag," from "Spalicek" Suite No. 2
    The Prague Chamber Orchestra
  • Franz Liszt
    Paganini Etude No. 2
    Pianist Andre-Michel Schub
    Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, Fort Worth, Texas
  • Dmitri Shostakovich
    Three Duets for Two Violins and Piano, Op. 97d
    Violinists Ani and Ida Kavafian, and pianist Douglas Ashcraft
    Chamber Music Sedona, Sedona, Arizona
  • "The Piano Puzzler"
    This week's contestant is Rebecca Butler from St. Simons Island, Georgia.
  • Bohuslav Martinu
    Rhapsody for Viola and Orchestra
    Violist Jitka Hosprova with the Prague Chamber Orchestra
    Dvorak Hall, Prague, Czech Republic

hour 2

  • Toru Takemitsu
    "Three Film Scores"
    The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra with conductor Yuri Bashmet
    Wooddale Church, Eden Prairie, Minnesota
  • Sergei Prokofiev
    Romance from "Lieutenant Kije Suite"
    Pianist Frederic Chiu
    Portland International Piano Festival, Portland, Oregon
  • Dmitri Shostakovich
    "Romance" and "Folk Feast," from "The Gadfly Suite," Op. 97a
    The Houston Symphony Orchestra with conductor Brett Mitchell
    Jones Hall, Houston
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Sonata in A, K. 305 (K. 293d)
    Violinist Anne Akiko Meyers and pianist Rieko Aizawa
    Pilgrim Congregational Church, Cleveland
  • Alfred Newman
    "20th Century Fox Fanfare" and "Street Scene"
    The National Philharmonic Orchestra with conductor Charles Gerhardt
  • Franz Schubert
    Entr'acte No. 3 in B-flat from "Rosamunde," Op. 26, D. 797
    The St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra with conductor Yuri Temirkanov
    Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, Urbana-Champaign, Illinois
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