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January 22, 2010

The master of the tone poem

Richard Strauss was the master of the tone poem, evocative music that tells the story of people and places and moods. In today's show, we'll hear two Strauss tone poems, one a love story, the other a dark comedy. The French National Orchestra and Daniele Gatti perform "Don Juan" and "Till Eulenspiegel's Merry Pranks" in Paris. Plus, the Grammies are coming up on the 31st and we'll feature several Grammy-nominated recordings.

Today's Playlist

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hour 1

  • Claude Debussy
    The French National Orchestra with conductor Eliahu Inbal
  • Carlos Guastavino
    "Se Equivoco la Paloma" ("The Dove Was Wrong")
    Violist Kim Kashkashian and pianist Robert Levin
    Jordan Hall, Boston
  • Robert Schumann
    "The Poet Speaks," from "Scenes from Childhood," Op. 15
    Pianist Martha Argerich
    Philharmonie, Berlin, Germany
  • Richard Strauss
    "Don Juan," Op. 20, and "Till Eulenspiegel's Merry Pranks," Op. 28
    The French National Orchestra with conductor Daniele Gatti
    Theatre des Champs-Elysees, Paris, France
  • Morten Lauridsen
    "Sure on this Shining Night"
    Conspirare with conductor Craig Hella Johnson
    Long Center for the Performing Arts, Austin, Texas

hour 2

  • Bedrich Smetana
    "The Dance of the Villagers," from "The Bartered Bride"
    The London Symphony Orchestra with conductor Geoffrey Simon
  • Dave Brubeck
    "Strange Meadowlark"
    Quartet San Francisco
    Yoshi's, San Francisco
  • David Lang
    Excerpts from "The Little Match Girl Passion"
    Theatre of Voices with conductor Paul Hillier
  • Maurice Ravel
    The London Symphony Orchestra with conductor Valery Gergiev
    Barbican Hall, London, England
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