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Anonymous 4

April 29, 2010

13th Century Songs from Anonymous 4

The legendary early music vocal quartet Anonymous 4 joins Fred Child to talk about the simple, penetrating beauty of music from the Huelgas Codex, a 13th century manuscript discovered in a Spanish convent. Anonymous 4 talks about the remarkable history of this unique document, and sings highlights from the music. We'll also compare Tchaikovsky's bluebird melody from "Sleeping Beauty" with a real bluebird song, and hear Tchaikovsky's bird call from a concert in Bergen, Norway.

Today's Playlist

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hour 1

  • Johann Baptist Georg Neruda
    Vivace from Trumpet Concerto in E-flat
    Sergei Nakariakov, trumpet, the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Hugh Wolff, conductor
  • Peter Tchaikovsky
    Bluebird Pas de Deux, from Sleeping Beauty
    The Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, Andrew Litton, conductor
    Grieg Hall, Bergen, Norway
  • Jian-Zhong Wang
    Hundreds of Birds Respect the Phoenix
    Haochen Zhang, piano
    OK Mozart Festival, Bartlesville, Oklahoma
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Symphony No. 31 in D, K. 297 (Paris)
    The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Scott Yoo, conductor
    Ordway Center, St. Paul
  • Gustav Mahler
    Piano Quartet in A Minor
    Steven Copes, violin, Virginia Barron, viola, David Ying, cello, Susan Grace, piano
    Colorado College Summer Music Festival, Colorado Springs, Colorado

hour 2

  • Perfchat with Anonymous 4
    Perfchat
  • Traditional (Arranged by Brad Richter and Viktor Uzur)
    Zajdi (Sunset)
    The Richter Uzur Duo
    The Jacklin Arts and Culture Center, Post Falls, Idaho
  • Antonio Vivaldi
    Concerto in G for Oboe and Bassoon, RV 545
    Kathryn Greenbank, oboe, Charles Ullery, bassoon, the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Douglas Boyd, conductor
    Ordway Center, St. Paul
  • Traditional
    Holy Manna and Amanda
    Anonymous 4
  • Anonymous
    Codex of Las Huelgas
    Anonymous 4
    Church of St. Bernard, St. Paul
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