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Samuel Barber

March 9, 2010

Barber's Birthday

Samuel Osborne Barber II was born 100 years ago today. We'll be highlighting some of Barber's greatest hits in the coming weeks. In today's show, Barber friend and fellow composer Lee Hoiby shares stories of his friend, including one involving his overture to "The School for Scandal." Details in the show, but the moral of the story: don't snub the oboist's wife. Music by one of America's greatest composers, all this week on Performance Today.

Today's Playlist

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hour 1

  • Fritz Kreisler
    Viennese Caprice
    Violinist Joshua Bell and pianist Paul Coker
  • Samuel Barber
    Violin Concerto, Op. 14
    Violinist Joshua Bell with the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra and conductor Marin Alsop
    Berwaldhallen, Stockholm, Sweden
  • Johannes Brahms
    Intermezzo in F Minor, from Six Piano Pieces, Op. 118
    Pianist Gabriela Montero
    Tivoli Concert Hall, Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Samuel Barber
    Summer Music, Op. 31
    The Chicago Chamber Musicians
    Pick-Staiger Concert Hall, Evanston, Illinois
  • Samuel Barber
    The Monk and His Cat, from Hermit Songs, Op. 29
    Soprano Leontyne Price and pianist Samuel Barber
  • Traditional
    O Waly, Waly
    Baritone and pianist Samuel Barber
    Curtis Institute of Music, Philadelphia

hour 2

  • Alexander Scriabin
    Etude C-Sharp Minor, Op. 2, No. 1, and Etude in D-Flat, Op. 8, No. 10
    Pianist Lang Lang
  • Samuel Barber
    Overture to School for Scandal
    The Cleveland Orchestra with conductor Pinkas Steinberg
    Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, Miami
  • Frederic Chopin
    Andante Spianato and Grand Polonaise in E-flat, Op. 22
    Pianist Lang Lang with the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra and conductor Antoni Wit
    Philharmonic Concert Hall, Warsaw, Poland
  • Johann Sebastian Bach
    Two movements from Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 in F, BWV 1047
    Musicians from the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center
    Alice Tully Hall, New York City
  • Samuel Barber
    Capricorn Concerto, Op. 21
    Dolce Suono
    Curtis Institute of Music, Philadelphia
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