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Robert Schumann

March 10, 2011

High-maintenance Schumann, Low-maintenance Haydn

In today's show, two composers who couldn't be more different from each other. Robert Schumann was passionate, tormented, quixotic, the personification of the Romantic temperament. Joseph Haydn, on the other hand, had a solidly Classical personality: sturdy, good-natured, humorous, dependable. We'll hear two masterpieces from both ends of the personality spectrum, from concerts in Warsaw and Berlin.

Today's Playlist

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hour 1

  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Laudate Dominum, K. 339
    Joshua Bell, violin, the Orchestra of St. Luke's, Michael Stern, conductor
  • Henry Purcell
    Chacony in G Minor
    Member of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Margaret Batjer, leader and violin
    Royce Hall, Los Angeles
  • Egberto Gismonti
    The Assad Brothers Guitar Duo
    Travis Park United Methodist Church, San Antonio, Texas
  • Robert Schumann
    Piano Trio No. 1 in D Minor, Op. 63
    Joshua Bell, violin, Steven Isserlis, cello, Denes Varjon, piano
    Chopin and his Europe International Music Festival, Warsaw, Poland

hour 2

  • Joseph Haydn
    Third movement from Symphony No. 92 in G (Oxford)
    The Berlin Philharmonic, Simon Rattle, conductor
  • Maurice Ravel
    Introduction and Allegro
    Sivan Magen, harp, Joshua Smith, flute, Moran Katz, clarinet, and friends
    Marlboro Music Festival, Marlboro, Vermont
  • Gian Carlo Menotti
    Ricercare and Toccata on a Theme from the Old Maid and the Thief
    Charlie Albright, piano
    Wellspring Theatre, Kalamazoo, Michigan
  • Joseph Haydn
    Symphony No. 99 in E-flat, Hob.I:99
    The Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Simon Rattle, conductor
    Philharmonie, Berlin, Germany
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