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Miro String Quartet

June 29, 2009

Poetry and Glass

The Miro String Quartet and poet Matthea Harvey appeared together at this year's White Pine Festival in Stillwater, Minnesota as part of the Poetry Radio Project. The music was Philip Glass' String Quartet No. 5. Harvey's poem, interwoven with the music, brought out images of water and glass, and the remoteness of the natural world. On today's show, we'll hear this memorable performance of words and music.

Today's Playlist

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hour 1

  • Ludwig van Beethoven
    Last movement from String Quartet Op. 18, No. 4
    The Miro String Quartet
  • Anatol Liadov
    "The Enchanted Lake," Op. 62
    The National Philharmonic of Russia with conductor Vladimir Spivakov
    Worcester Music Festival, Worcester, Massachusetts
  • Philip Glass
    String Quartet No. 5
    The Miro String Quartet with poet Matthea Harvey
    White Pine Music Festival, Stillwater, Minnesota
  • John Sheppard
    "Into Thy Hands, I Commend My Spirit"
    The Vox Vocal Ensemble with conductor George Steel
    Church of St. Mary the Virgin, New York City
  • Gabriel Faure
    "After a Dream"
    Cellist Marilyn de Oliveira and pianist Becky Billock
    Brechemin Auditorium, Seattle

hour 2

  • Peter Tchaikovsky
    Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-flat Minor, Op. 23
    Pianist Alexander Toradze with the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra and conductor Gianandrea Noseda
    Berwaldhallen, Stockholm, Sweden
  • Manuel de Falla
    "Nana," from "Popular Spanish Songs"
    Violinist Andres Cardenes and pianist David Deveau
    Rockport Chamber Music Festival, Rockport, Massachusetts
  • Julio Sagreras
    "The Hummingbird"
    Guitarist Juuso Nieminen
    Parkening International Guitar Competition, Malibu, California
  • Maurice Ravel
    "Noctuelles," from "Miroirs"
    Pianist Alexander Toradze
  • Mark O'Connor
    Second movement from Fiddle Concerto, arranged for solo violin
    Violinist Mark O'Connor
    Curtis Institute of Music, Philadelphia
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