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Tokyo String Quartet

May 3, 2011

The Tokyo String Quartet

The Tokyo String Quartet, perhaps surprisingly, has never been based in Tokyo, or even in Japan. Even so, they maintain close ties to Japan. So after this spring's devastating earthquake and tsunami, the members of the Tokyo String Quartet were quick to arrange a benefit concert. We'll hear highlights in today's show, including Samuel Barber's Adagio for Strings, in its original version for string quartet.

Today's Playlist

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hour 1

  • Ludwig van Beethoven
    Fourth movement from String Quartet in C Minor, Op. 18, No. 4
    The Tokyo String Quartet
  • Felix Mendelssohn
    First movement from Octet for Strings in E-Flat, Op. 20
    The Tokyo String Quartet and Linden String Quartet
    Battell Chapel, New Haven, Connecticut
  • Felix Mendelssohn
    Third movement from String Quintet in B-Flat, Op. 87
    The Tokyo String Quartet, Ettore Causa, viola
    Battell Chapel, New Haven, Connecticut
  • Samuel Barber
    Adagio from String Quartet, Op. 11
    The Tokyo String Quartet
    Battell Chapel, New Haven, Connecticut
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    First movement from String Quartet in D Minor, K. 421
    The Tokyo String Quartet
    Battell Chapel, New Haven, Connecticut
  • Antonio Vivaldi
    Concerto in G Minor for Strings and Continuo
    The Academy for Ancient Music, Berlin
    Basilica of Notre Dame, Montreal, Quebec

hour 2

  • Antonin Dvorak
    Polonaise from Rusalka
    The Minnesota Orchestra, Eiji Oue, conductor
  • Peter Tchaikovsky
    Bluebird Pas de Deux, from the Sleeping Beauty
    The San Francisco Symphony, James Gaffigan, conductor
    Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco
  • Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina
    Sicut Cervus
    The St. Olaf College Choir, Anton Armstrong, director
    Maud Moon Weyerhaeuser Studio, St. Paul
  • Antonin Dvorak
    Violin Concerto in A Minor, Op. 53
    Veronika Eberle, violin, the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, Neville Marriner, conductor
    Beethovenhalle, Bonn, Germany
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