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November 4, 2010

Pieced-together Vaughan Williams and the King's Singers

If only someone had invented the photocopier a little earlier. In 1914, composer Ralph Vaughan Williams sent the one and only copy of his Second Symphony to a conductor in Germany. Then the First World War broke out, and the symphony was lost forever. Vaughan Williams and a few friends spent a couple of years arduously putting it all back together from sketches and scraps and memories. We'll hear his reconstructed work, from a concert by conductor Mark Elder and the Halle Orchestra. Plus, we'll hear the King's Singers in a recent performance at our PT studios.

Today's Playlist

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hour 1

  • Igor Stravinsky
    Scherzo a la Russe
    The Russian National Orchestra, Mikhail Pletnev, conductor
  • Harry Connick, Jr.
    Recipe for Love
    The King's Singers
    Maud Moon Weyerhaeuser Studio, St. Paul
  • John David
    You Are the New Day
    The King's Singers
    Maud Moon Weyerhaeuser Studio, St. Paul
  • John Brunning
    Pie Jesu
    The King's Singers
    Maud Moon Weyerhaeuser Studio, St. Paul
  • Gioachino Rossini
    Overture to La Gazza Ladra (The Thieving Magpie)
    The Russian National Orchestra, Carlo Montanaro, conductor
    Festival del Sole, Napa Valley, California
  • Libby Larsen
    Will You Nill You
    The King's Singers
    Maud Moon Weyerhaeuser Studio, St. Paul
  • Traditional (Arranged by Philip Lawson)
    The Water Is Wide
    The King's Singers
    Maud Moon Weyerhaeuser Studio, St. Paul
  • Edward Elgar
    O Happy Eyes
    The King's Singers
    Maud Moon Weyerhaeuser Studio, St. Paul
  • John Bennet
    All Creatures Now
    The King's Singers
    Maud Moon Weyerhaeuser Studio, St. Paul
  • Perfchat with the King's Singers
    Perfchat

hour 2

  • Frederick Delius
    La Calinda
    The Halle Orchestra, John Barbirolli, conductor
  • Nicolas Chedeville
    Fourth movement from Sonata in G for Recorder and Continuo
    Michala Petri, recorder, Lars Hannibal, archlute, Peter Kolkay, bassoon
    Alice Tully Hall, New York City
  • Ralph Vaughan Williams
    Three movements from Symphony No. 2 (A London Symphony)
    The Halle Orchestra, Mark Elder, conductor
    Bridgewater Hall, Manchester, England
  • Ralph Vaughan Williams
    The Turtle Dove
    Choir of Clare College, Tim Brown, director
    Chapel of St. Thomas Aquinas, St. Paul
  • Rob Moose
    Excerpt from New Old River Music: Traditional Melodies in Four Movements
    The Punch Brothers, David Shifrin, clarinet
    Chamber Music Northwest, Portland, Oregon
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