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Weekend of April 25, 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

  • Carl Nielsen
    "Maskarade" Overture
    The BBC Symphony Orchestra with conductor Sir Colin Davis
    The BBC Proms, London, England
  • Antonio Vivaldi
    Quoniam and Cum Sancto from "Gloria"
    The Academy of Ancient Music and the Christ Church Cathedral Choir with conductor Simon Preston
    The BBC Proms, London, England
  • Johann Strauss Jr.
    "Magyar Polka," Op. 332
    The Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra with conductor Simon Rattle
    The BBC Proms, London, England
  • Johannes Brahms
    Hungarian Dance No. 5 in G Minor
    The Berlin Philharmonic with conductor Claudio Abbado
    The BBC Proms, London, England
  • Georges Bizet
    "Jeux d'enfants"
    The Philharmonia Orchestra with conductor Adrian Boult
    The BBC Proms, London, England
  • Peter Tchaikovsky
    "The Tempest," Op. 18
    The Berlin Philharmonic with conductor Claudio Abbado
    The BBC Proms, London, England

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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