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Chatham Baroque

March 17, 2010

Irish Music, and a Piano Puzzler

Irish poet William Butler Yeats tried to "reconstruct an old song from three lines imperfectly remembered by an old peasant woman in the village, who sings them to herself." That inspired his poem, "The Salley Gardens," which has been set to music by at least half a dozen composers. We'll hear Benjamin Britten's version, sung by Sarah Connolly, in concert last week at Wigmore Hall in London. Also, Chatham Baroque plays a set of Irish jigs in concert in Pittsburgh. Two great Irish orchestras in concert in Dublin. And Bruce Adolphe has a brand new Piano Puzzler.

Today's Playlist

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hour 1

  • Sergei Rachmaninoff
    Prelude in D, Op. 23, No. 4
    Pianist Barry Douglas
  • Traditional Irish Jig
    New Claret
    Ensemble Galilei
    Beaches Fine Arts Series, Jacksonville, Florida
  • Percy Grainger
    Irish Tune from County Derry
    The Dallas Wind Symphony and the United States Army Field Band with conductor Jerry Junkin
    Meyerson Symphony Center, Dallas
  • The Piano Puzzler
    This week's contestants are a husband-and-wife team, Owen and Annette Hungerford from Columbus, IN.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Piano Concerto No. 21 in C, K. 467
    Pianist and conductor Barry Douglas with Camerata Ireland
    National Concert Hall, Dublin, Ireland

hour 2

  • John Field
    Nocturne No. 4 in A
    Pianist Miceal O'Rourke
  • Felix Mendelssohn
    Symphony No. 4 in A, Op. 90 (Italian)
    The RTE National Symphony Orchestra with conductor Gerhard Markson
    National Concert Hall, Dublin, Ireland
  • Benjamin Britten
    The Salley Gardens
    Mezzo-soprano Sarah Connolly and pianist Eugene Asti
    Wigmore Hall, London, England
  • Traditional Irish Jig Medley
    Bishop of Chester's Jig, Foxhunter's Jig, and St. Patrick's Day
    Chatham Baroque
    Synod Hall, Oakland, Pennsylvania
  • John Field
    Go to the Devil
    Pianist Miceal O'Rourke
  • Frederic Chopin
    Nocturne No. 9 in B, Op. 32, No. 1
    Pianist Angela Wu
    The University of Michigan Chopin Project, Ann Arbor, Michigan
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