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April 20, 2011

The St. Matthew Passion

PT recently talked with cinematographer Rob Hahn (Batman Returns, The Addams Family) about his life-long relationship with Bach's St. Matthew Passion. He told of blaring it out his apartment window when he was six, of performing it with the New York Philharmonic and Leonard Bernstein when he was nine, of weeping at a recent performance where his daughter was one of the soloists. In today's show, we'll hear the 1962 recording featuring Leonard Bernstein, the New York Philharmonic, and boy soprano Rob Hahn.

Today's Playlist

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hour 1

  • Carl Nielsen
    Overture to Maskarade
    The Danish National Symphony Orchestra, Thomas Dausgaard, conductor
  • Francois Couperin
    Excerpt from Tenebrae Readings for Holy Wednesday
    Concerto Vocale, Rene Jacobs, director
  • Francois Couperin
    Harpsichord Piece No. 15 in A Minor, Book 3 (Musette de Taverny)
    Edwin Swanborn, harpsichord, Robert Stallman, flute, Karl Bennion, cello
  • The Piano Puzzler
    This week's contestant is David Engel from Norfolk, Virginia
  • Carl Nielsen
    Aladdin Suite, Op. 34
    The Danish National Symphony Orchestra, Kristjan Jarvi, conductor
    Copenhagen Concert Hall, Copenhagen, Denmark

hour 2

  • Gioachino Rossini
    William Tell Overture
    The New York Philharmonic, Leonard Bernstein, conductor
  • Antoine Forqueray
    Le Carillon de Passy, from Harpsichord Suite No. 4 in G Minor
    Vittorio Ghielmi, viola da gamba, Luca Pianca, archlute
    Tropical Baroque Festival, Coral Gables, Florida
  • Johann Sebastian Bach
    Excerpts from the St. Matthew Passion, BWV 244
    The Collegiate Chorale, the Boys' Choir of the Church of the Transfiguration, soloists, the New York Philharmonic, Leonard Bernstein, conductor
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