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Bruce Adolphe

July 14, 2010

French Revolution and English Festivals

The biggest summer music festival of them all gets underway this week. The BBC Proms kicks off in London on Friday. We'll be bringing you great Proms performances for the rest of the summer. In today's show, a remembrance of Proms past, a couple of highlights from past summers at the Proms. Violinist Leila Josefowicz plays the Meditation from Jules Massenet's opera "Thais." And the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus perform a Proms favorite: Hubert Parry's "Jerusalem." Plus, music for Bastille Day, and the Piano Puzzler.

Today's Playlist

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hour 1

  • Francois Couperin
    Les Rozeaux and L'Atalante
    Alexandre Tharaud, piano
  • Maurice Ravel
    The Orchestra of the Suisse Romande, Rafael Fruhbeck de Burgos, conductor
    Victoria Hall, Geneva, Switzerland
  • Francois Couperin
    Le Tic-Toc ou Les Maillotins
    Alexandre Tharaud, piano
    Victoria Hall, Geneva, Switzerland
  • The Piano Puzzler
    This week's contestant is Butch Thompson from Columbia, South Carolina
  • Hugo Alfven
    Aftonen (Evening)
    The Swedish Radio Choir, Ragnar Bohlin, conductor
    Ted Mann Concert Hall, Minneapolis
  • Francois Couperin
    Excerpt from Pieces de Clavecin, Book III, Ordre 13 in B Minor
    David Schrader, harpsichord
    The Gilmore International Keyboard Festival, Kalamazoo, Michigan
  • Biagio Marini
    Sonata da Chiesa e da Camera, Op. XXII, and Passacaglia a 3 & a 4
    Chatham Baroque
    Synod Hall, Oakland, Pennsylvania

hour 2

  • Lyun Joon Kim
    Korean Elegy
    Han-Na Chang, cello, the Philharmonia Orchestra, Leonard Slatkin, conductor
  • Jules Massenet
    Meditation on Thais
    Leila Josefowicz, violin, the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Leonard Slatkin, conductor
    Royal Albert Hall, London, England
  • Hubert Parry
    The BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, BBC Singers, Leonard Slatkin, conductor
    Royal Albert Hall, London, England
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Concerto for Flute and Harp in C, K. 299
    Marie-Andree Benny, flute, Valerie Milot, harp, Les Violons du Roy, Bernard Labadie, director
    Montcalm Palace, Montreal, Quebec
  • Franz Schubert
    Impromptu No. 4 in A-flat, D. 899
    Lars Vogt, piano
    Wigmore Hall, London, England
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