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Jean Sibelius

October 5, 2009

Heaven-Sent Music

While Jean Sibelius was working on his fifth symphony, the Russians were occupying his native country of Finland. Food was scarce, his health was poor. Sibelius wrote in his diary: "In a deep valley again. But...God opens His door for a moment, and His orchestra plays the Fifth Symphony." Music direct from heaven (at least according to Sibelius) is on the way on today's PT, performed by Garry Walker and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

Today's Playlist

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hour 1

  • Jean Sibelius
    "Pan and Echo," Op. 53
    The Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra with conductor Neeme Jarvi
  • Maurice Ravel
    "Piece in the Form of a Habanera"
    Violinist Brittany Sklar and pianist Hugh Sung
    The National Arts Club, New York City
  • Arthur Honegger
    "Homage to Maurice Ravel"
    Pianist Gilles Vonsattel
    Spivey Hall, Morrow, Georgia
  • Jean Sibelius
    Symphony No. 5 in E-flat, Op. 82
    The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra with conductor Garry Walker
    The BBC Proms, London England
  • Igor Stravinsky
    Concertino for String Quartet
    Violinists Leila Josefowicz and Steven Copes, violist Hsin-Yun Huang, and cellist Ralph Kirshbaum
    La Jolla Summerfest, La Jolla, California

hour 2

  • Joseph Haydn
    Trio in G for Mandolin, Viola, and Cello
    Chris Thile, mandolin, Paul Neubauer, viola, and Fred Sherry, cello
    Chamber Music Northwest, Portland, Oregon
  • Rabih Abou-Khalil
    "Arabian Waltz"
    The Silk Road Ensemble
    The BBC Proms, London, England
  • Shane Shanahan
    "Saidi Swing"
    The Silk Road Ensemble
    The BBC Proms, London, England
  • Zhao Jiping
    "Summer in the High Grassland"
    The Silk Road Ensemble
  • Maurice Ravel
    "Daphnis and Chloe" Suite No. 2
    The Academy Festival Orchestra with conductor Larry Rachleff
    Music Academy of the West, Santa Barbara, California
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