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Debussy Claude

January 10, 2011

The Sea

The sea. It's where life on earth began. And by some measure, Claude Debussy's "La Mer" (the Sea) is where 20th century music began. Completed in 1905, it's an orchestral masterpiece, an amazingly complex piece of music with a disarmingly simple name. We'll hear a terrific performance by the London Symphony Orchestra and Antonio Pappano, from London's Barbican Hall.

Today's Playlist

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hour 1

  • Bedrich Smetana
    The Dance of the Villagers, from the Bartered Bride
    The London Symphony Orchestra, Geoffrey Simon, conductor
  • Joseph Haydn
    Keyboard Sonata No. 43 in E-flat, Hob.XVI:28, Op. 14, No. 2
    Andras Kemenes, piano
    Hungarian Radio, Budapest, Hungary
  • Wilhelm Stenhammar
    In the Seraglio Garden, from Three Songs for Choir
    The Swedish Radio Choir, Ragnar Bohlin, guest conductor
    Ted Mann Concert Hall, Minneapolis
  • Traditional Swedish
    Ensemble Galilei
    National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
  • Claude Debussy
    La Mer (The Sea)
    The London Symphony Orchestra, Antonio Pappano, conductor
    Barbican Hall, London, England

hour 2

  • Max Bruch
    Excerpt from Eight Pieces for Clarinet, Viola, and Piano, Op. 83
    Kari Kriikku, clarinet, Martti Rousi, cello, Arto Satukangas, piano
  • Kurt Weill
    Selections from the Threepenny Opera
    John C. Borden Auditorium, New York City
  • Max Bruch
    Violin Concerto No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 26
    Ryu Goto, violin, the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra
    Carnegie Hall, New York City
  • Nathan Milstein
    Ryu Goto, violin
    Carnegie Hall, New York City
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