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.
Performance Today audio is available for seven days following broadcast.
The French National Orchestra with conductor Eliahu Inbal
"Se Equivoco la Paloma" ("The Dove Was Wrong")
Violist Kim Kashkashian and pianist Robert Levin
Jordan Hall, Boston
"The Poet Speaks," from "Scenes from Childhood," Op. 15
Pianist Martha Argerich
Philharmonie, Berlin, Germany
"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
"Sure on this Shining Night"
Conspirare with conductor Craig Hella Johnson
Long Center for the Performing Arts, Austin, Texas
"The Dance of the Villagers," from "The Bartered Bride"
The London Symphony Orchestra with conductor Geoffrey Simon
Quartet San Francisco
Yoshi's, San Francisco
Excerpts from "The Little Match Girl Passion"
Theatre of Voices with conductor Paul Hillier
The London Symphony Orchestra with conductor Valery Gergiev
Barbican Hall, London, England