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Bruce Adolphe

October 6, 2010

Musical Heroes

Three musical heroes make an appearance today. Lohengrin was the mysterious knight of the Holy Grail, who rescued a damsel by riding in a boat drawn by swans. We'll hear the prelude to Act III of Wagner's "Lohengrin." Don Quixote was the mad anti-hero who tilted at windmills and waged war against armies of sheep. Georg Philipp Telemann brought him to life in a suite for strings, performed at New Mexico's Music from Angel Fire. And finally, the hero of the bullfight, the torero. The Jupiter String Quartet plays Joaquin Turina's "Bullfighter's Prayer" at Music@Menlo. Plus, pianist Paul Lewis playing Beethoven's "Emperor" Concerto at the Proms, and the hero of the Piano Puzzler, composer Bruce Adolphe.

Today's Playlist

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hour 1

  • Robert Schumann
    Romance No. 2 in F-sharp, Op. 28
    Thomas Lorango, piano
  • Robert Schumann
    Introduction and Allegro Appassionato in G, Op. 92
    Finghin Collins, piano, the BBC Philharmonic, Gianandrea Noseda, conductor
    The BBC Proms, London, England
  • The Piano Puzzler
    This week's contestant is Stephen Herschkorn from Highland Park, New Jersey
  • Joaquin Turina
    La Oracion del Torero
    The Jupiter String Quartet
    Music@Menlo, Atherton, California
  • Georg Philipp Telemann
    His Attack on the Windmills, from Don Quixote Suite
    Musicians from Music from Angel Fire
    Music from Angel Fire, Taos, New Mexico
  • Richard Wagner
    Prelude to Act III from Lohengrin
    The BBC Symphony Orchestra, Jiri Belohlavek, conductor
    The BBC Proms, London, England

hour 2

  • Albert Roussel
    Gigue from Suite in F
    The Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Stephane Deneve, conductor
  • Ralph Vaughan Williams
    Excerpt from English Folk Song Suite
    The Dallas Wind Symphony, Jerry Junkin, conductor
    Meyerson Symphony Center, Dallas
  • Bela Bartok
    Homage to Johann Sebastian Bach, from Mikrokosmos, Book 3, BB 105
    Donald Berman, piano
    An Appalachian Summer Festival, Boone, North Carolina
  • Johann Sebastian Bach
    Gigue from Partita No. 3 in E for Violin
    Gil Morgenstern, violin, Donald Berman, piano
    An Appalachian Summer Festival, Boone, North Carolina
  • Ludwig van Beethoven
    Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-flat, Op. 73 (Emperor)
    Paul Lewis, piano, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Stephane Deneve, conductor
    The BBC Proms, London, England
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