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November 24, 2009

A mad dash for a string

Cellist Alban Gerhardt was having one of those days. Right before a live radio broadcast, he broke a string on his cello. He made a quick exit from the stage to get another string, only to find the door locked. Then he ran back across the stage to a different door. He later observed in his blog that his mad dashing about must have looked cartoonish, like the roadrunner. We'll hear Gerhardt on a calmer day, performing the Dvorak Cello Concerto with the Philadelphia Orchestra.

Today's Playlist

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hour 1

  • Johannes Brahms
    Fourth movement from Sonata No. 2 in F for Cello and Piano, Op. 99
    Cellist Alban Gerhardt and pianist Markus Groh
  • Maurice Ravel
    Minuet Antique
    Flutist Lorna McGhee, violist David Harding, and harpist Heidi Krutzen
    Strings Music Festival, Steamboat Springs, Colorado
  • Antonin Dvorak
    Cello Concerto in B Minor, Op. 104
    Cellist Alban Gerhardt with the Philadelphia Orchestra and conductor James Conlon
    Verizon Hall, Philadelphia

hour 2

  • Thomas Ades
    "O Albion" from "Arcadiana"
    The Belcea String Quartet
    Maud Moon Weyerhaeuser Studio, St. Paul
  • Benjamin Britten
    Fourth movement from String Quartet No. 1
    The Belcea String Quartet
    Maud Moon Weyerhaeuser Studio, St. Paul
  • William Byrd
    "Ave Verum Corpus"
    Hugh Hodgson Concert Hall, Athens, Georgia
  • York Bowen
    Toccata, Op. 155
    Pianist Ang Li
    Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, Fort Worth, Texas
  • Orlando Gibbons
    Pianist Glenn Gould
  • William Byrd
    Pianist Glenn Gould
  • William Walton
    Sonata for String Orchestra
    The Scottish Ensemble with artistic director Jonathan Morton
    Wigmore Hall, London, England
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