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Ralph Vaughan Williams

November 6, 2009

A Triumphal Epilogue

A long-forgotten work by Ralph Vaughan Williams is on today's show. Vaughan Williams wrote "Heroic Elegy and Triumphal Epilogue" when he was 28 and a student at London's Royal College of Music. In what was perhaps the first performance of the work in over a century, Mark Elder and the Halle Orchestra performed it last month in Manchester, England. Tune in to the show today to hear that performance of Vaughan Williams' overlooked gem.

Today's Playlist

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hour 1

  • John Philip Sousa
    Overture to the Irish Dragoon
    The Razumovsky Symphony Orchestra with conductor Keith Brion
  • Frederic Chopin
    Variations on "La ci Darem la Mano," Op. 2
    Pianist Abdel Rahman El Bacha with the Radio France Philharmonic Orchestra and conductor Paul McCreesh
    Cite de la Musique, Paris, France
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Symphony No. 28, in C, K. 200
    The Cleveland Orchestra with conductor Franz Welser-Most
    Arsht Center, Miami
  • Felix Mendelssohn
    Capriccio in E Minor, Op. 81, No. 3
    The Pacifica Quartet
    Sanibel Music Festival, Sanibel Island, Florida
  • Dmitri Shostakovich
    Waltz from "Maxim's Return," Op. 45
    The American Chamber Players
    Sanibel Music Festival, Sanibel Island, Florida

hour 2

  • Paul Schoenfield
    Three Bagatelles for Flute, Cello, and Piano
    Flutist Sara Stern, cellist Alberto Parrini, and pianist Reiko Uchida
    Converse College, Spartanburg, South Carolina
  • Alexander Borodin
    Scherzo from Quartet No. 1 in A for Strings
    The St. Petersburg String Quartet
    The New York Society for Ethical Culture, New York City
  • Maurice Ravel
    "In the style of Borodin"
    Pianist Di Wu
    Sanibel Music Festival, Sanibel Island, Florida
  • Frederick Delius
    "La Calinda"
    The Halle Orchestra with conductor John Barirolli
  • Ralph Vaughan Williams
    "Heroic Elegy and Triumphal Epilogue"
    The Halle Orchestra with conductor Mark Elder
    Bridgewater Hall, Manchester, England
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