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Nicholas McGegan

March 10, 2010

Just the right touch of amazement

We're continuing to focus on the music of Samuel Barber, one day after his 100th birthday. In today's show, "Knoxville: Summer of 1915," set to the words of James Agee. Agee's words describe a deliciously languid summer evening in Tennessee, with everyone gathered under the trees to stay cool. Barber's music adds just the right quality of amazement, according to conductor Nicholas McGegan. McGegan conducts the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and soprano Carolyn Sampson in a performance.

Today's Playlist

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hour 1

  • Samuel Barber
    Nocturne, Op. 33
    Pianist Israela Margalit
  • Samuel Barber
    Galop, from Souvenirs, Op. 28
    Pianists Jon Kimura Parker and Jeffrey Kahane
    Green Music Festival, Rohnert Park, California
  • Francis Poulenc
    Sonata for Clarinet and Piano
    Clarinetist Jose Franch-Ballester and pianist Charles Wadsworth
    Spoleto Festival, Charleston, South Carolina
  • The Piano Puzzler
    This week's contestant is Galen Spindler from Albert Lea, MN
  • Samuel Barber
    Knoxville: Summer of 1915, Op. 24
    Soprano Carolyn Sampson with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and conductor Nicholas McGegan
    Ordway Center, St. Paul
  • Samuel Barber
    Sure on This Shining Night
    Conspirare with conductor Craig Hella Johnson
    St. Martin's Lutheran Church, Austin, Texas

hour 2

  • Gian Carlo Menotti
    Barcarolle, from Sebastian
    The Philadephia Orchestra with conductor Eugene Ormandy
  • Gian Carlo Menotti
    Excerpts from Amahl and the Night Visitors
    The Buffalo Philharmonic with conductor JoAnn Falletta
    Kleinhans Music Hall, Buffalo, New York
  • Samuel Barber
    Symphony No. 1, Op. 9
    The Virginia Symphony with conductor JoAnn Falletta
    Carnegie Hall, New York City
  • Frederic Chopin
    Etude Op. 10, No. 5, and Etude Op. 25, No. 9
    Pianist Boris Berezovsky
    Snape Maltings, Suffolk, England
  • Frederic Chopin
    Etude in G-sharp Minor, Op. 25, No. 6, and Etude in C Minor, Op. 10, No. 12
    Pianist Sergio Tiempo
    International Chopin Festival, Warsaw, Poland
  • Benjamin Britten
    Moonlight, from Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes
    The Virginia Symphony with conductor JoAnn Falletta
  • Arthur Honegger
    Summer Pastorale
    The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra with conductor Christian Zacharias
    Ordway Center, St. Paul
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