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Andre Mathieu

December 30, 2010

The Canadian Mozart

Was he the most talented unknown composer of the 20th century? Some called him the "Canadian Mozart." Andre Mathieu was an astonishing prodigy as a composer and pianist. He played his own compositions at Carnegie Hall when he was 11, he beat the young Leonard Bernstein in a composition competition when he was 13. But he was also deeply troubled. He withdrew from public life before his 20s, and died, already forgotten, at age 39 in 1968. We'll hear the Tucson Symphony in concert, playing a set of Ballet Scenes by Andre Mathieu.

Today's Playlist

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hour 1

  • Ludwig van Beethoven
    Allegro from Violin Sonata No. 1, Op. 12
    Violinist Jorja Fleezanis and pianist Cyril Huve
  • Anton Arensky
    "Chant Triste"
    Cellist Jamie Walton and pianist Daniel Greenwood
    Wigmore Hall, London, England
  • Johannes Brahms
    String Quartet No. 2 in A Minor, Op. 51
    Members of the American String Project
    Benaroya Hall, Seattle
  • Traditional (Arranged by Andrew Smith)
    "I Mine Kate Ungdomsdagar"
    Trio Mediaeval
    Fitzgerald Theater, St. Paul, Minnesota

hour 2

  • Robert Schumann
    Romance for Oboe and Piano, Op. 94
    Oboist Allan Vogel and pianist Bryan Pezzone
  • Antonio Carlos Jobim
    "Stone Flower"
    The Assad Brothers Guitar Duo
    Travis Park United Methodist Church, San Antonio, Texas
  • Andre Mathieu
    Ballet Scenes
    The Tucson Symphony Orchestra with conductor George Hanson
    Tucson Music Hall, Tucson, Arizona
  • Tarik O'Regan
    "Maybe We Have Time"
    Conspirare with conductor Craig Hella Johnson
    St. Martin's Lutheran Church, Austin, Texas
  • Francis Poulenc
    Sonata for Oboe and Piano
    Oboist Allan Vogel and pianist Marc Neikrug
    Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, Santa Fe, New Mexico
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