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Dvorak

February 22, 2010

Expecting, and Getting, Great Things

In the fall of 1892, Antonin Dvorak arrived in America to teach. He wrote home, "The Americans expect great things of me. I am to show them to the Promised Land, the realm of a new, independent art...a national style of music!" Americans got great things from Dvorak, including his New World symphony. The Cleveland orchestra and conductor Franz Welser-Most perform it today, from their winter residency in Miami.

Today's Playlist

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hour 1

  • Edward Elgar
    Empire March from Pageant of Empire
    The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra with conductor Yehudi Menuhin
  • York Bowen
    Phantasy for Viola and Piano, Op. 54
    Violist Lawrence Power and pianist Julien Quentin
    Verbier Festival and Academy, Vevey, Switzerland
  • Isaac Albeniz
    Mallorca
    Guitarist Emanuele Buono
    Parkening International Guitar Competition, Malibu, California
  • Frederic Chopin
    Fantaisie-Impromptu No. 4 in C-sharp Minor, Op. 66
    Pianist Michael Roll
    Portland Piano International, Portland, Oregon
  • Edward Elgar
    First movement from Symphony No. 1 in A-flat, Op. 55
    The Aspen Concert Orchestra with conductor Christopher Seaman
    Aspen Music Festival, Aspen, Colorado

hour 2

  • Carl Maria von Weber
    Leise, Leise, fromme Weise, from Der Freischutz
    Clarinetist Sabine Meyer with the Orchestra of Zurich Opera and conductor Franz Welser-Most
  • Edward MacDowell
    Traumerei, from Twelve Virtuoso Studies for Solo Piano, Op. 46, No. 9
    Pianist Alan Feinberg
    New York Society for Ethical Culture, New York City
  • Amy Beach
    Twilight, Op. 2, No. 1
    Baritone Thomas Hampson and pianist Craig Rutenberg
    Minnesota Beethoven Festival, Winona, Minnesota
  • Antonin Dvorak
    Symphony No. 9 in E Minor, Op. 95
    The Cleveland Orchestra with conductor Franz Welser-Most
    Arsht Center, Miami
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