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Susan Graham

September 1, 2009

Music from the Heart

American mezzo-soprano Susan Graham sang at the funeral of Senator Ted Kennedy this past weekend. She joins Fred to talk about the experience. And we'll hear Graham at the 2009 BBC Proms, the summer music festival in London, sing a heart-breakingingly beautiful love song by Reynaldo Hahn, "A Chloris."

Today's Playlist

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hour 1

  • Maurice Ravel
    Entre cloches from Sites auriculaires; Rapsodie Espagnole--II. Malaguena
    Vladimir and Vovak Ashkenazy, piano
  • Nicolas Gombert
    Lugebat David Absalon
    Hilliard Ensemble
    Schwetzingen Festival; Speyer Cathedral, Speyer, Germany
  • Jean Sibelius
    Symphony No. 1 in E minor, Op. 39
    Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra; Vladimir Ashkenazy, conductor
    Concertgebouw, Amsterdam

hour 2

  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Concerto for Bassoon and Orchestra in B flat, K 191--III. Rondo. Tempo di Menuetto
    Houston Symphony; Christoph Eschenbach, conductor; Benjamin Kamins, Bassoon
  • Reynaldo Hahn
    A Chloris
    Susan Graham, mezzo-soprano; Malcolm Martineau, piano. Susan Graham talks with Fred Child about singing Schubert's "Ave Maria" at Senator Ted Kennedy's funeral this past Saturday.
    BBC Proms 2009; Cadogan Hall, London, England
  • Franz Schubert
    Symphony No. 3 in D, D. 200
    German Radio Philharmonic Orchestra; Shizuo Kuwahara, conductor
    Weilburg Castle Concerts, Castle Court, Weilburg, Germany
  • Bohuslav Martinu
    Nonet for Wind Quintet, String Trio, and Double Bass
    Faculty Artists from the Institute at Round Top
    Festival Concert Hall, Round Top, Texas
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