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Ravi Shankar

June 19, 2009

Happy Father's Day

Sunday is Father's Day, and we're celebrating a few days early. Today's show features stories of fatherhood and the classical music world. We'll hear the new sitar concerto by Ravi Shankar (pictured), written for his daughter Anoushka. Pianist Lang Lang shares the stage with his dad, who plays the Chinese erhu. And we'll hear from father and son Jeffrey and Gabriel Kahane, on how music influenced their relationship.

Today's Playlist

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hour 1

  • Sergei Prokofiev
    Allegro from "Classical" Symphony
    The Orpheus Chamber Orchestra
  • Ludwig van Beethoven
    Adagio from Trio in B-flat, Op. 11
    The Beaux Arts Trio
    Herbst Theater, San Francisco
  • Dmitri Shostakovich
    Allegro from Trio No. 2 in E Minor, Op. 67
    The Beaux Arts Trio
    Tanglewood Music Festival, Lenox, Massachusetts
  • Ravi Shankar
    Concerto for Sitar and Orchestra
    Anoushka Shankar, sitar, with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra
    Carnegie Hall, New York City
  • Francis Poulenc
    Finale from Sextet for Piano and Winds
    Members of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center
    Daniel and Joanna S. Rose Studio, New York City

hour 2

  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Piano Concerto No. 14 in E-flat, K. 449
    Pianist and conductor Jeffrey Kahane with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra
    Royce Hall, Los Angeles
  • Gabriel Kahane
    'Neurotic and Lonely," from "Craigslist Lieder,""The Faithful," and "Underberg"
    Singer and pianist Gabriel Kahane
    Maud Moon Weyerhaeuser Studio, St. Paul, Minnesota
  • Johannes Pachelbel
    Canon and Gigue in D for Three Violins and Continuo
    Members of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center
    Rose Theater, New York City
  • Johann Sebastian Bach
    Three-Part Sinfonias No. 9 and No. 12
    Pianist Jeffery Kahane
  • Traditional
    "Competing Horses"
    Lang Lang, piano and Lang Guoren, erhu
    Ordway Center for the Performing Arts, St. Paul, Minnesota
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