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George Enescu

January 15, 2010

A lively Romanian Rhapsody

George Enescu is best known for one work, his Romanian Rhapsody. He wrote it when he was 20, and for the rest of his life, it became his only work that people wanted to hear. It's probably not surprising that Enescu grew to hate it. Today, we'll hear a lively performance of the Romanian Rhapsody by the Central German Radio Symphony, led by Roman Kofman.

Today's Playlist

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hour 1

  • Bela Bartok
    Romanian Dance, BB 61
    The Budapest Festival Orchestra with conductor Ivan Fischer
  • George Enescu
    Romanian Rhapsody in A, Op. 11, No. 1
    The Central German Radio Symphony Orchestra with conductor Roman Kofman
    Gewandhaus, Leipzig, Germany
  • Louis-Nicolas Clerambault
    Air and Chaconne
    The Croatian Baroque Ensemble with conductor Herve Niquet
    Croatian Music Institute, Zagreb, Croatia
  • Bela Bartok
    Two Hungarian Folksongs
    Soprano Dawn Upshaw with the Australian Chamber Orchestra and conductor Richard Tognetti
    Arts Centre, Melbourne, Australia
  • Johannes Brahms
    Hungarian Dances No. 11 in D Minor and No. 19 in A Minor
    Violinist Hilary Hahn and pianist Valentina Lisitsa
    Spivey Hall, Morrow, Georgia
  • Maurice Ravel
    "A Boat on the Ocean," from "Mirrors"
    Pianist Martina Filjak
    Rector's Palace, Dubrovnik, Croatia
  • Bohuslav Martinu
    Third movement from Sonata for Flute and Piano
    Flutist Lorna McGhee and pianist Anton Nel
    Seattle Chamber Music Society Winter Festival, Seattle

hour 2

  • Alexei Stanchinsky
    Three Preludes
    Pianist Jenny Lin
  • Joseph Haydn
    Trumpet Concerto in E-flat, Hob. VII:1
    Trumpeter Alison Balsom with the Central German Radio Symphony Orchestra and conductor Jun Markl
    Weimarhalle, Weimar, Germany
  • Claude Debussy
    Trumpeter Alison Balsom
    Weimarhalle, Weimar, Germany
  • Claude Debussy
    Guitarists Leonard and Slava Grigoryan
    Spivey Hall, Morrow, Georgia
  • Jason Freeman
    Piano Etudes
    Pianist Jenny Lin
    Spivey Hall, Morrow, Georgia
  • Pietro Antonio Locatelli
    Concerto Grosso in D, Op. 1, No. 5
    La Follia Barocca
    First Baptist Church, Savannah, Georgia
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