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April 24, 2009

Norrington Turns 75

British conductor Sir Roger Norrington has been making waves in the music world for decades. He's passionate about getting orchestras to play his way. Norrington's current boss at the Stuttgart Radio Symphony said (with a wink and a grin) that if they had known what they were getting themselves into, they probably wouldn't have hired him. Luckily for them, they did. Today's show features music from Norrington's 75th birthday concert, last month in London.

Today's Playlist

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hour 1

  • Peter Tchaikovsky
    "Interrupted Dreams," from Twelve Pieces of Average Difficulty, Op. 40
    Pianist Mikhail Pletnev
  • Franz Schubert
    Overture in D ("In the Italian Style")
    The Stavanger Symphony Orchestra with conductor Paul McCreesh
    Concert Hall, Stavanger, Norway
  • Brad Richter
    "Three Little Nightmares"
    Guitarist Brad Richter
    Appalachian State University Recital Hall, Boone, North Carolina
  • Anton Arensky
    Piano Trio No. 1 in D Minor, Op. 32
    Violinist Harumi Rhodes, cellist David Ying, and pianist Adam Neiman
    Skaneateles Music Festival, Skaneateles, New York

hour 2

  • Cole Porter
    "Night and Day"
    Violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, violist Masao Kawasaki, and cellist Mats Lindstrom
  • Nicolas Chedeville
    "Le Printemps" ("Spring")
    Ensemble 1700 with conductor Dorothee Oberlinger
    Herne Early Music Days, Herne, Germany
  • Traditional (Arranged by Tone Krohn)
    "Springdans fra Vestfold" ("Spring Dance from Vestfold")
    Trio Mediaeval
    Fitzgerald Theater, St. Paul, Minnesota
  • Clarice Assad
    "Impressions: Suite for Chamber Orchestra"
    Violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg with the New Century Chamber Orchestra
    First United Methodist Church, Palo Alto, California
  • Ludwig van Beethoven
    4th Movement from Symphony No. 3 in E-flat ("Eroica")
    The Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra with conductor Roger Norrington
    Royal Festival Hall, London, England
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