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James Levine

October 21, 2009

Levine Recuperates

American conductor James Levine is normally very busy this time of year. He's music director of the Metropolitan Opera in New York as well as the Boston Symphony. But Levine is out recuperating from back surgery. He was supposed to make his return to the podium this week, but Levine's doctors nixed that. He's under orders to take it easy for a while longer. The staff of PT wishes him a speedy recovery. In today's show, we'll feature a pre-surgery performance of Levine conducting the Boston Symphony in Haydn's Symphony Number 104.

Today's Playlist

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hour 1

  • Peter Tchaikovsky
    Waltz from "Sleeping Beauty"
    The Boston Symphony Orchestra with conductor Seiji Ozawa
  • Daron Aric Hagen
    Aria from Suite for Piano
    Pianist Mariangela Vacatello
    Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, Fort Worth, Texas
  • Virgil Thomson
    "The Divine Image"
    Baritone Thomas Hampson and pianist Craig Rutenberg
    Minnesota Beethoven Festival, Winona, Minnesota
  • "The Piano Puzzler"
    This week's contestant is Warren Harder from Crystal Lake, Illinois.
  • Joseph Haydn
    Symphony No. 104
    The Boston Symphony Orchestra with conductor James Levine
    Symphony Hall, Boston

hour 2

  • Johann Sebastian Bach
    Violin Concerto No. 1 in A Minor, BWV 1041
    Violinist Pekka Kuusisto with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and conductor Nicholas McGegan
    Ordway Center, Saint Paul
  • Traditional
    Finnish Folk Song
    Violinist Pekka Kuusisto
    Maud Moon Weyerhaeuser Studio, St. Paul
  • Ludwig van Beethoven
    Variations on "Ein Madchen oder Weibchen" from "The Magic Flute," Op. 66
    Kristian Bezuidenhout, fortepiano, and Pieter Wispelwey, cello
    Boston Early Music Festival, Boston
  • Henry Purcell
    March and Chaconne from "King Arthur"
    Arte Dei Suonatori
    Frederiksberg Church, Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Johann Baptist Georg Neruda
    Vivace from Concerto for Trumpet in E-flat
    Trumpeter Sergei Nakariakov with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and conductor Hugh Wolff
  • Edvard Grieg
    Holberg Suite, Op. 40
    The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra with conductor Nicholas McGegan
    Ordway Center, Saint Paul
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