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Paul Hindemith

Weekend of May 29, 2010

Morphing Weber

In 1938, composer Paul Hindemith fled Nazi Germany and later came to the U.S. One of his first projects here was to write a ballet based on themes by Carl Maria von Weber. Weber's tunes were charming but insubstantial. But Hindemith took that music of limited possibilities and turned it into something spectacular. His "Symphonic Metamorphosis on Themes by Weber" is in today's show, performed by the Norwegian Radio Orchestra.

Today's Playlist

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hour 1

  • Paul Hindemith
    Four Pieces for Two Bassoons
    Daniele Damiano and Milan Turkovic, bassoons
  • Sergei Prokofiev
    Prelude in C for Harp
    Margit-Anna Suss, harp
    Stelio Molo Auditorium, Lugano, Switzerland
  • Alexander Scriabin
    Prelude and Nocturne for the Left Hand Alone, Op. 9
    Sara Daneshpour, piano
    The Frederic Chopin Society, St. Paul
  • Paul Hindemith
    Symphonic Metamorphosis on Themes by Weber
    The Norwegian Radio Orchestra, Mei-Ann Chen, conductor
    Concert Hall, Oslo, Norway
  • Johann Sebastian Bach
    Concerto in C Minor for Oboe, Violin, Strings, and Continuo, BVW 1060
    Stephen Taylor, oboe, Ida Kavafian, violin, and friends
    Music from Angel Fire, Taos, New Mexico

hour 2

  • Joan Tower
    Fanfare No. 4 for the Uncommon Woman
    The Colorado Symphony Orchestra, Marin Alsop, conductor
  • Anthony DiLorenzo
    Fire Dance
    The United States Air Force Reserve Brass Quintet
    Reinhardt College, Waleska, Georgia
  • Andrea Falconieri
    Apollo's Fire, Jeannette Sorrell, conductor and harpsichord
    St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Cleveland Heights, Ohio
  • Antonin Dvorak
    Symphony No. 7 in D Minor, Op. 70
    The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Marin Alsop, conductor
    Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, Baltimore
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