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Kimbanguist Symphony Orchestra of Kinshasa

August 12, 2010

Changing people's lives

Today's show offers evidence of the many ways that music changes people's lives. We'll hear about the Kimbanguist Symphony Orchestra of Kinshasa, in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The musicians in the orchestra are like other Congolese. They struggle with every aspect of daily life: food, shelter, medical care, raising families. And yet, they're immensely dedicated. And music is changing the lives of the dedicated young musicians of the Aspen Festival. We'll hear a couple of knockout performances from Aspen, and meet young Aspen conductor Case Scaglione.

Today's Playlist

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hour 1

  • Felix Mendelssohn
    Song Without Words, Op. 21
    Alisa Weilerstein, cello, Vivian Hornik Weilerstein, piano
  • Domenico Scarlatti
    Keyboard Sonata in C, K. 159
    Fazil Say, piano
    Schwetzingen Festival, Schwetzingen, Germany
  • Francesco Geminiani
    Excerpt from the Art of Playing on the Violin
    Daniel Stepner, violin, John Gibbons, harpsichord
    The Aston Magna Festival, Great Barrington, Massachusetts
  • Felix Mendelssohn
    Symphony No. 5 in D, Op. 107 (Reformation)
    The Aspen Concert Orchestra, Nicholas McGegan, conductor
    Aspen Music Festival, Aspen, Colorado
  • Maurice Durufle
    Tota Pulchra es from Four Motets, Op. 10
    The Lausanne Vocal Ensemble, Michel Corboz, conductor
    Payerne Church, Payerne, Switzerland
  • Francis Poulenc
    Finale from Sextet for Piano and Winds
    Members of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Christian Zacharias, piano
    Ordway Center, St. Paul

hour 2

  • Ralph Vaughan Williams
    Toccata Marziale
    The Eastman Wind Ensemble, Donald Hunsberger, conductor
  • Gustav Mahler
    Third movement from Symphony No. 4 in G
    The World Orchestra for Peace, Valery Gergiev, conductor
    The BBC Proms, London, England
  • Orazio Vecchi
    Saltarello detto Triuella
    The G8 Guitar Octet
    Plateau Christian Church, Gatineau, Quebec
  • Henryk Wieniawski
    Saltarelle
    Ray Chen, violin, Andrew Tyson, piano
    Palais des Beaux-Arts, Brussels, Belgium
  • Ralph Vaughan Williams
    Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis
    The Aspen Concert Orchestra, Case Scaglione, conductor
    Aspen Music Festival, Aspen, Colorado
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