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September 21, 2009

The Power of Words and Music

According to Greek Mythology, Orpheus was the first poet-musician, combining the two art forms into something more powerful than either alone could achieve. Franz Liszt loved the myth of Orpheus. On today's show, we'll hear his tone poem, "Orpheus," and hear the words Liszt wrote about him. And another, more modern, musician-writer appears on the show. Noted blogger and pianist Jeremy Denk performs with violinist Ani Kavafian and cellist Gary Hoffman, in a New York City performance of Mendelssohn's Piano Trio No. 2.

Today's Playlist

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hour 1

  • Franz Waxman
    Suite from "Sunset Boulevard"
    The Cincinnati Pops Orchestra with conductor Erich Kunzel
  • Franz Waxman
    Carmen Fantasy
    Violinist Eldbjorg Hemsing with the Stavanger Symphony Orchestra and conductor Alan Buribayev
    Concert Hall, Stavanger, Norway
  • Traditional (arranged by Colin Jacobsen and Kyle Sanna)
    "O'Neil's March" and "Jenny's Welcome to Charlie"
    Brooklyn Rider with violinist Martin Hayes
    Maud Moon Weyerhaeuser Studio, St. Paul
  • Colin Jacobsen
    "Lydia's Reflection" and "Second Bounce," from "Achilles Heel"
    Brooklyn Rider with violinist Martin Hayes
    Maud Moon Weyerhaeuser Studio, St. Paul
  • Perfchat with Brooklyn Rider
  • Erik Satie
    Gymnopedie No. 1 and "La Diva de l'Empire"
    Guitarist Pierre Laniau
    Municipal House, Karvina, Czech Republic

hour 2

  • Franz Liszt
    "Forest Murmurs"
    Pianist William Wolfram
  • Henry VIII
    "Taunder Naken,""Puzzle Canon," and "En Vray Amoure"
    The Flanders Recorder Quartet
    Boston Early Music Festival, Boston
  • Felix Mendelssohn
    Trio No. 2 in C Minor for Piano, Violin and Cello, Op. 66
    Pianist Jeremy Denk, violinist Ani Kavafian, and cellist Gary Hoffman
    Alice Tully Hall, New York City
  • Franz Liszt
    Symphonic Poem No. 4 ("Orpheus")
    The Netherlands Radio Chamber Philharmonic with conductor John Nelson
    The Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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