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February 7, 2011

Saint-Saens' Organ Symphony

In a hall that doesn't even feature a real pipe organ, Andrew Davis and the New York Philharmonic still managed to pull out all the stops in a performance of Camille Saint-Saens' Symphony Number 3, the Organ Symphony. Kent Tritle, the New York Philharmonic's resident organist, had to make do with an electronic instrument at Avery Fisher Hall in New York City. Plus, the best birthday present ever, Richard Wagner's "Siegfried Idyll," written as a surprise birthday present for his wife, Cosima.

Today's Playlist

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hour 1

  • Camille Saint-Saens
    A Night in Lisbon, Op. 63
    The Symphonic Orchestra of France, Laurent Petitgirard, conductor
  • Francois Couperin
    Excerpt from Concerto No. 9 (Portrait of Love)
    Peter Sykes, harpsichord, Carol Ou, cello, Fenwick Smith, flute
    Jordan Hall, Boston
  • Gabriel Faure
    Barcarolle No. 13 in C, Op. 116
    Alessio Bax, piano
    Music@Menlo, Atherton, California
  • Camille Saint-Saens
    Symphony No. 3 in C Minor, Op. 78 (Organ)
    The New York Philharmonic, Kent Tritle, organ, Andrew Davis, conductor
    Avery Fisher Hall, New York City

hour 2

  • Richard Wagner
    Romanza from Album Leaf
    Elissa Lee Koljonen, violin, Robert Koenig, piano
  • Robert Beaser
    Four Mountain Songs
    Linda Chatterton, flute, Joseph Hagedorn, guitar
    Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, Minneapolis
  • Frederic Chopin (Transcribed by Leopold Godowsky)
    Etude No. 5 in G-flat, Op. 10, No. 5 (Black Keys) and Etude No. 21 in G-flat, Op. 25, No. 9 (Butterfly's Wings)
    Boris Berezovsky, piano
    Snape Maltings, Suffolk, England
  • Leos Janacek
    First movement from In the Mists, JW VIII/22
    Leif Ove Andsnes, piano
    Grieg Hall, Bergen, Norway
  • Richard Wagner
    Siegfried Idyll
    The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Daniele Gatti, conductor
    The Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
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