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Fritz Kreisler

January 20, 2011

The Chairman Dances, Kreisler Fibs

From "The Chairman Dances," a surreal foxtrot by John Adams, to the rustic country dances that Bela Bartok was so fond of collecting, to an unusual marriage of Danish and Russian airs, we've got two hours of memorable dance music in today's show. Plus, Fritz Kreisler's naughty little secret: who actually wrote all those memorable little encores of his?

Today's Playlist

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hour 1

  • Igor Stravinsky
    Tableau 1: Prologue, from Apollo
    The Moscow Soloists, Yuri Bashmet, conductor
  • John Adams
    The Chairman Dances: Foxtrot for Orchestra
    The French National Orchestra, Kristjan Jarvi, conductor
    Theatre des Champs-Elysees, Paris, France
  • Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco
    Algae and Waves, Two Studies for Piano
    Pietro Massa, piano
  • Edvard Grieg
    Holberg Suite
    The Moscow Soloists Chamber Ensemble, Yuri Bashmet, conductor
    Theatre Hall, Ruse, Bulgaria

hour 2

  • Astor Piazzolla
    Milonga en re
    Gidon Kremer, violin, Vadim Sakharov, piano, Alois Posch, double bass
  • Fritz Kreisler
    Praeludium and Allegro in the Style of Pugnani
    Arturo Delmoni, violin, Wendy Chen, piano
    Strings Music Festival, Steamboat Springs, Colorado
  • Camille Saint-Saens
    Caprice on Danish and Russian Airs, Op. 79
    Helen Huang, piano, Dora Seres, flute, Rudolph Vrbsky, oboe, Romie de Guise-Langlois, clarinet
    Marlboro Music Festival, Marlboro, Vermont
  • Bela Bartok
    Divertimento for Strings, BB 118, Sz 113
    Kremerata Baltica, Gidon Kremer, artistic director
    Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, North Carolina
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