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.
Performance Today audio is available for seven days following broadcast.
"Magical Bag," from "Spalicek" Suite No. 2
The Prague Chamber Orchestra
Paganini Etude No. 2
Pianist Andre-Michel Schub
Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, Fort Worth, Texas
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.
Rhapsody for Viola and Orchestra
Violist Jitka Hosprova with the Prague Chamber Orchestra
Dvorak Hall, Prague, Czech Republic
"Three Film Scores"
The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra with conductor Yuri Bashmet
Wooddale Church, Eden Prairie, Minnesota
Romance from "Lieutenant Kije Suite"
Pianist Frederic Chiu
Portland International Piano Festival, Portland, Oregon
"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
"20th Century Fox Fanfare" and "Street Scene"
The National Philharmonic Orchestra with conductor Charles Gerhardt
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