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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
    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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