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Johannes Brahms

May 25, 2009

Observing Memorial Day

There are two faces to the Memorial Day holiday - honoring those who have died, and welcoming in the summer. In today's show, we have music for both, including excerpts from Brahms' (pictured) German Requiem from Boston, and Samuel Barber's lovely woodwind quintet, "Summer Music," performed by musicians from New York's Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.

Today's Playlist

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hour 1

  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Andante from Serenade No. 12 in C Minor for Winds, K. 388
    Members of the Champs Elysees Orchestra with conductor Philippe Herreweghe
  • Anton Webern
    "Im Sommerwind" ("In the Summer Wind")
    The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra with conductor Mariss Jansons
    Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
  • George Gershwin
    Ordway Center for the Performing Arts, St. Paul, Minnesota
  • Shawn Crouch
    Excerpts from "The Garden of Paradise"
    Ordway Center for the Performing Arts, St. Paul, Minnesota
  • Stephen Foster
    "Hard Times Come Again No More"
    Ordway Center for the Performing Arts, St. Paul, Minnesota
  • David Popper
    Two movements from "Requiem for Three Cellos and Piano," Op.66
    Cellists Christopher Costanza, Alisa Weilerstein, and Edward Arron, and pianist Charles Wadsworth
    Spoleto Festival USA, Charleston, South Carolina

hour 2

  • Kristian Lindeman
    "Summer Flirtation"
    Sigmund Groven, harmonica, and Arnhild Vik, piano
  • Antonio Vivaldi
    "Summer," from "The Four Seasons," RV 315
    Violinist Giuliano Carmignola with the Venice Baroque Orchestra and conductor Andrea Marcon
    Victoria Hall, Geneva, Switzerland
  • Traditional (Arranged by Jennifer Higdon)
    "Amazing Grace" for String Quartet
    Musicians of the OK Mozart Festival
    OK Mozart Festival, Bartlesville, Oklahoma
  • Samuel Barber
    "Summer Music," Op. 31
    Musicians of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center
    Daniel and Joanna S. Rose Studio, New York City
  • Johannes Brahms
    Excerpts from "A German Requiem," Op. 45
    The Boston Symphony Orchestra and Tanglewood Festival Chorus with conductor James Levine
    Symphony Hall, Boston
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