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April 4, 2011

Nice work if you can get it

Whenever King Louis XIV traveled, his entire court traveled with him including musicians. Composer Francois Couperin earned a decent living, got to stay at Versailles and every Sunday, at the king's request, he performed the same four orchestral suites he had written because they were the king's favorite. We'll listen to those tunes which made life very comfortable for Couperin and his king.

Today's Playlist

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hour 1

  • Olivier Messiaen
    Vocalise, from Concert a quatre
    Catherine Cantin, flute, Heinz Holliger, oboe, Yvonne Loriod, piano, Mstislav Rostropovich, cello, Orchestre de l'Opera Bastille, Myung-Whun Chung, conductor
  • Peteris Vasks
    Dolcissimo, from Gramata Cellam"
    Sol Gabetta, cello and vocalist
    Aspen Music Festival, Benedict Music Tent, Aspen, Colorado
  • Zivojin Glishik
    Prelude and Pajduska
    Simon Trpceski, piano
    Town Hall, Auckland, New Zealand
  • Olivier Messiaen
    The Forgotten Offerings
    Grand Teton Festival Orchestra, Donald Runnicles, conductor
    Grand Teton Music Festival, Walk Festival Hall, Teton Village, Wyoming
  • Francois Couperin
    Huitieme Concert dans le gout theatral
    Masques Ensemble
    Chapelle Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours, Montreal, Canada

hour 2

  • Maurice Ravel
    Sad birds
    Marius Van Paassen, piano
  • Igor Stravinsky
    Concerto in D Major
    Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Jeffrey Kahane, conductor
    Royce Hall, UCLA, Los Angeles, California
  • Maurice Ravel
    A Boat on the Ocean, from Miroirs
    Frederic Chiu, piano
    College of Charleston, Memminger Auditorium, Charleston, South Carolina
  • Ludwig van Beethoven
    Cello Sonata No. 3 in A Major, Op. 69
    Wendy Warner, cello; Irina Nuzova, piano
    Bill and Marion Feighner Recording Studio, Columbus State University, Schwob School of Music, Columbus, South Carolina
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