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December 3, 2010

Beethoven's Oddball Concerto

When Beethoven wrote his Triple Concerto in 1803, he pointed out to his publisher that the piece was unique. That was more than 200 years ago -- it's still (nearly!) unique today: a piece for *three* soloists and orchestra. We'll hear it from a special concert this year in Hamburg. Alan Gilbert conducting the North German Radio Symphony Orchestra, with pianist Lars Vogt, violinist Veronika Eberle, and cellist Gustav Ravinius. And this week's 21st century work is a neo-Romantic symphonic poem by Canadian composer Allan Gilliland: "Shadows and Light."

Today's Playlist

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hour 1

  • Ludwig van Beethoven
    Fourth movement from String Quartet No. 4 in C minor, Op. 18
    Tokyo String Quartet
  • Johann Sebastian Bach
    Chorale Prelude Come Now, Savior, BWV 659
    Adam Neiman, piano
    Skaneateles Music Festival, Skaneateles, New York
  • Ludwig van Beethoven
    Triple Concerto for Piano, Violin and Cello in C, Op. 56
    Lars Vogt, piano, Veronika Eberle, violin, Gustav Rivinius, cello, the North German Radio Symphony Orchestra, Alan Gilbert, conductor
    Laeiszhalle, Hamburg, Germany
  • Arvo Part
    Two Christmas Lullabies
    The Bavarian Radio Chorus and Orchestra, Tonu Kaljuste, conductor
    Herkulessaal, Munich, Germany

hour 2

  • Allan Gilliland
    Shadows and Light
    The Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, William Eddins, conductor
    Winspear Centre for Music, Edmonton, Alberta
  • Peter Tchaikovsky
    October and November, from the Seasons, Op. 37b
    Denis Matsuev, piano
    Chopin and his Europe International Music Festival, Warsaw, Poland
  • Franz Liszt
    Carillon from Weihnachtsbaum (Christmas tree)
    Roland Pontinen, piano
  • Richard Strauss
    The Dance of the Seven Veils, from Salome, Op. 54
    The North German Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, Eiji Oue, conductor
    Grand Studio, Hanover, Germany
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Overture to the Magic Flute, K. 620
    The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Ivan Fischer, conductor
    The Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
  • David Conte
    Charm Me Asleep
  • Traditional 15th Century
    Veni, Veni Emmanuel
    Stanford Memorial Church, Stanford, California
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