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Weekend of April 10, 2010

Tchaikovsky's Sixth from Lucerne

Venezuela's Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra does a great job playing big, high-energy pieces. But at the recent Lucerne Easter Festival in Lucerne, Switzerland, they were able to show off their sensitive side as well. They gave a rousing performance of Tchaikovsky's sixth symphony, under the baton of conductor Claudio Abbado. Known for its mix of energy and pathos, Tchaikovsky's final symphony got its nickname "Pathetique" from the composer's brother Modest, at breakfast one Sunday morning.

Today's Playlist

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hour 1

  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    March No. 1 in D
    The Orpheus Chamber Orchestra
  • Anonymous Trenet
    The Imago Mundi Early Music Ensemble
    George Enescu Concert Hall, Bucharest, Romania
  • John Novacek
    The Intersection Trio
    Flagler Museum, Palm Beach, Florida
  • The Piano Puzzler
    This week's contestant is Tom Nicholson from Lynn Center, IL
  • Ravi Shankar
    Concerto for Sitar and Orchestra
    Sitarist Anoushka Shankar with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra
    Carnegie Hall, New York City

hour 2

  • Arturo Marques
    Conga del Fuego
    The Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra with conductor Gustavo Dudamel
  • Peter Tchaikovsky
    Symphony No. 6 in B Minor, Op. 74 (Pathetique)
    The Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra with conductor Claudio Abbado
    Lucerne Easter Festival, Lucerne, Switzerland
  • Adnan Saygun
    Pentatonic Sketch on an Aksak Rhythm
    Pianist Joel Fan
    Temple Beth-El, San Antonio, Texas
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