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Hector Berlioz

September 20, 2010

Berlioz' Roman Carnival Overture, and Uchida Plays Mozart

Hector Berlioz' opera "Benvenuto Cellini" was an unqualified disaster. After the premiere, Berlioz wrote that the audience "hissed with admirable energy and unanimity." Undaunted, he decided to salvage what he could from the opera. He reworked a few themes from a carnival scene, added some new material, and called it the Roman Carnival Overture. It was an instant hit. Berlioz' recycled hit, plus pianist Mitsuko Uchida playing a Mozart concerto with the Cleveland Orchestra, coming up on Performance Today.

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hour 1

  • Eric Ewazen
    Adagio from Concerto for Flute and Chamber Orchestra
    Marya Martin, flute, the Czech Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra, Paul Polivnick, conductor
  • Johann Paul von Westhoff
    Sonata for Violin and Continuo
    Daniel Hope, violin, and friends
    Rolf Liebermann Studio, Hamburg, Germany
  • Antonio Vivaldi
    Concerto for Strings and Basso Continuo in D Minor, RV 127
    The Venice Baroque Orchestra, Luca Mares, violin and conductor
    Schwetzingen Festival, Schwetzingen, Germany
  • Eric Ewazen
    Scott Moore, trumpet, David Jackson, trombone, Michael Gurt, piano
    Hot Springs Music Festival, Hot Springs, Arkansas
  • Johann Joseph Fux
    Sonata Pastorale for Three
    Chatham Baroque
    Synod Hall, Oakland, Pennsylvania
  • Richard Rodgers
    Excerpts from Oklahoma!
    Julian Ovenden, baritone, the John Wilson Orchestra, John Wilson, conductor
    The BBC Proms, London, England
  • Hector Berlioz
    Roman Carnival Overture
    The Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Stephane Deneve, conductor
    The BBC Proms, London, England
  • Antonin Dvorak
    Carnival Overture, Op. 92
    The Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, John Eliot Gardiner, conductor
    The BBC Proms, London, England

hour 2

  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    First movement from Piano Sonata in C, K. 545
    Mitsuko Uchida, piano
  • Johann Friedrich Fasch
    Trumpet Concerto in D
    David Washburn, trumpet, and friends
    Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, Santa Fe, New Mexico
  • Domenico Scarlatti
    Sonata in B Minor, K. 27
    Sara Daneshpour, piano
    Frederic Chopin Society, St. Paul
  • Hugo Wolf
    Italian Serenade in G
    The Escher String Quartet
    Music@Menlo, Palo Alto, California
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Piano Concerto No. 23 in A, K. 488
    Mitsuko Uchida, piano and conductor, the Cleveland Orchestra
    Severance Hall, Cleveland
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