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Musikverein Goldener Saal

Weekend of January 22, 2011

Vienna's Golden Musikverein

Vienna's Musikverein is one of those spectacular old European concert halls. The walls and ceilings shimmer with real gold. And the acoustics are every bit as magnificent as the decor. Up until recently, pianist Lang Lang had never played there. He finally got his chance, playing a solo recital that included Beethoven's "Appassionata" Sonata. It's in today's show. Plus, we'll hear a performance from the Musikverein from a special New Year's Day concert. Daniel Barenboim and the Vienna Philharmonic rattled those golden walls and ceilings with Johann Strauss, Jr.'s "Thunder and Lightning Polka."

Today's Playlist

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hour 1

  • Claude Debussy
    The Quebec Symphony Orchestra, Yoav Talmi, conductor
  • Jean-Marie Leclair
    Overture, Op. 3, No. 13
    The Masques Ensemble
    Our Lady of Good Help Chapel, Montreal, Quebec
  • The Piano Puzzler
    This week's contestant is Ruth Anderson from Collegedale, Tennessee
  • Peter Tchaikovsky
    Romeo and Juliet, Fantasy Overture
    The Quebec Symphony Orchestra, Emmanuel Villaume, conductor
    Domaine Forget International Festival, Saint-Irenee, Quebec

hour 2

  • Johannes Brahms
    Excerpts from Six Pieces for Piano, Op. 118
    Lang Lang, piano
  • Johann Strauss, Jr.
    Thunder and Lightning Polka
    The Vienna Philharmonic, Daniel Barenboim, conductor
    Musikverein, Vienna, Austria
  • Ludwig van Beethoven
    Piano Sonata No. 23 in F Minor, Op. 57 (Appassionata)
    Lang Lang, piano
    Musikverein, Vienna, Austria
  • Robert Schumann
    Traumerei (Dreaming), from Scenes from Childhood, Op. 15
    Lang Lang, piano
    Carnegie Hall, New York City
  • Claude Debussy
    Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun
    The New York Philharmonic, David Robertson, conductor
    Avery Fisher Hall, New York City
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