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Bruce Adolphe

Weekend of July 31, 2010

This Summer: Applause Between Movements in London

Ah, the eternal question: to clap, or not to clap between movements? The debate has been rekindled at the BBC Proms in London this summer. Some audience members are applauding between movements without being shushed by their neighbors, and according to some observers, they're eliciting pleasure from musicians on stage. We'll hear two examples from concerts last week. The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic played the first two movements from Tchaikovsky's Manfred Symphony, and got applause after both. Pianist Paul Lewis and the BBC Symphony got applause after the first and last movements of Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 4. And feel free to clap for composer Bruce Adolphe, who has a brand new Piano Puzzler this week.

Today's Playlist

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hour 1

  • Darius Milhaud
    Second movement from Scaramouche, Op. 165b
    The Paratore Piano Duo
  • Darius Milhaud
    Third movement from Scaramouche, Op. 165b
    The Paratore Piano Duo
    Quirinale Palace, Rome, Italy
  • Vojislav Ivanovic
    Circus Waltz
    The Levante Guitar Duo
    Kolarac Hall, Belgrade, Serbia
  • Bohuslav Martinu
    First movement from Duo No. 2 in D for Violin and Cello
    Frank Almond, violin, Debra Fayroian, cello
    Chamber Music North, Traverse City, Michigan
  • The Piano Puzzler
    This week's contestant is Michael Kalm from Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Peter Tchaikovsky
    Two movements from Manfred Symphony in B Minor, Op. 58
    The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Vasily Petrenko, conductor
    The BBC Proms, London, England

hour 2

  • Edward Elgar
    Elegy
    The BBC Symphony Orchestra, Andrew Davis, conductor
  • Reinhold Gliere
    Two movements from Pieces for Violin and Cello, Op. 39
    William Preucil, violin, Eric Kim, cello
    Rockport Chamber Music Festival, Rockport, Massachusetts
  • Ludwig van Beethoven
    Piano Concerto No. 4 in G, Op. 58
    Paul Lewis, piano, the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Jiri Belohlavek, conductor
    The BBC Proms, London, England
  • Jacques Ibert
    Homage to Mozart
    The Orpheus Chamber Orchestra
    Carnegie Hall, New York City
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