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Turtle Island Quartet

December 4, 2009

Turtle Island's 'Tree of Life'

Every Friday, PT features 21st century music. Today, the Turtle Island Quartet joins Fred in the studio to play a new piece called "Tree of Life," by Turtle Island violinist David Balakrishnan. Members of the quartet demonstrate their unusual string techniques (the chop, the shuffle bow, the bow slap, walking bass on the cello, etc.), and play Balakrishnan's exuberant new piece, which draws on a wide range of styles: classical, bluegrass, swing, Indian classical, and more.

Today's Playlist

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hour 1

  • Joseph Haydn
    Finale from Symphony No. 102 in B-flat, Hob. I:102
    The London Philharmonic Orchestra with conductor Eugen Jochum
  • Anton Bruckner
    Finale from Symphony No. 8 in C Minor
    The London Philharmonic Orchestra with conductor Yannick Nezet-Seguin
    Royal Festival Hall, London, England
  • Herbert Howells
    "A Spotless Rose" and "Sing Lullaby"
    The BBC Singers with conductor Andrew Carwood
    Lancing College, Lancing, England
  • Percy Grainger
    "Irish Tune from County Derry"
    The Dallas Wind Symphony and the United States Army Field Band with conductor Jerry Junkin
    Meyerson Symphony Center, Dallas
  • John Field
    Rondo from Piano Sonata in E-flat, Op. 1, No. 1
    Fortepianist Kristian Bezuidenhout
    International Chopin Festival, Warsaw, Poland
  • Adam Craig
    "So Merry as We Have Been"
    Fiddler Bonnie Rideout and friends
    Hugh Hodgson Concert Hall, Athens, Georgia

hour 2

  • Claude Debussy
    The Turtle Island Quartet
  • Johann Sebastian Bach
    Prelude for Piano in B Minor, BWV 855a
    Pianist Anna Polonsky
    Seattle Chamber Music Society Summer Festival, Seattle
  • Turtle Island Quartet Perfchat
  • David Balakrishnan
    "Tree of Life"
    The Turtle Island Quartet
    Maud Moon Weyerhaeuser Studio, St. Paul
  • York Holler
    "Fireworks" from "Spharen"
    The West German Radio Symphony Orchestra with conductor Semyon Bychkov
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