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Franz Joseph Haydn

April 30, 2009

First Impressions

Anyone who's just starting a new job wants to make a big splash, hit the ground running, impress the boss and the new colleagues. Joseph Haydn was no different. He was 29 and just starting his job working for Prince Esterhazy. Haydn was pretty savvy. To start things off right with the Prince's musicians, Haydn wrote a symphony where everybody got big solos. On today's show, the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra makes a big splash with that symphony, Haydn's sixth.

Today's Playlist

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hour 1

  • Johann Sebastian Bach
    Allegro from Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 in G, BWV 1048
    The European Brandenburg Ensemble with conductor and harpsichordist Trevor Pinnock
  • George Frideric Handel
    Allegro from Concerto Grosso in B-flat, Op. 3, No. 1
    The Academy of Ancient Music
    Virginia Arts Festival, Portsmouth, Virginia
  • Traditional
    "I'm On My Journey Home"
    Anonymous 4
    Virginia Arts Festival, Portsmouth, Virginia
  • Georges Bizet
    Intermezzo from "Carmen"
    Flutist Debra Wendells Cross, clarinetist Robert Alemany, and guitarist JoAnn Falletta
    Virginia Arts Festival, Gloucester, Virginia
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Symphony No. 40 in G Minor, K. 550
    The Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra with conductor Trevor Pinnock
    Philharmonie, Berlin, Germany
  • Sergei Rachmaninoff
    Romance in A and Valse in A
    Pianists Susan Grace, John Novacek, and Anne Epperson
    Colorado College Summer Music Festival, Colorado Springs, Colorado

hour 2

  • Giacomo Puccini
    "Che Gelida Manina," from "La Boheme"
    Tenor Luciano Pavarotti with the Emilia Romagna Arturo Toscanini Symphony Orchestra and conductor Emerson Buckley
    Piazza Grande, Modena, Italy
  • Witold Lutoslawski
    Oboist Kalev Kuljus and pianist Marko Martin
    Meder Hall, Tallinn, Estonia
  • Sulkhan Zinzadze
    Georgian Folk Suite
    The Rastrelli Cello Quartet
    Hugh Hodgson Concert Hall, Athens, Georgia
  • Igor Stravinsky
    "Scherzo a la Russe"
    The Orpheus Chamber Orchestra
  • Igor Stravinsky
    Duet for Two Bassoons
    Bassoonists Frank Morelli and Dennis Godburn
  • Josef Haydn
    Symphony No. 6 in D ("The Morning")
    The Orpheus Chamber Orchestra
    Carnegie Hall, New York City
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