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Clara Schumann

Weekend of May 7, 2011

Music for Mother's Day

Like many working mothers, Clara Schumann worried about her children when she wasn't there. "Give my little ones, for whom I yearn so much, 1000 kisses," she wrote while away on concert tour. Clara Schumann was one of the top pianists of her day, a much sought-after concert artist. She was also the family breadwinner during her husband Robert's long battle with mental illness. In today's show, a piano concerto by Clara Schumann, in honor of Mother's Day.

Today's Playlist

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hour 1

  • Richard Strauss
    Potpourri, from Die Schweigsame Frau (The Silent Woman)
    The Bamberg Symphony Orchestra, Karl Anton Rickenbacher, conductor
  • Johann Paul von Westhoff
    Imitazione Delle Campane from Violin Sonata No. 3
    Daniel Hope, violin, Jakob Koranyi, cello
    Alice Tully Hall, New York City
  • Bobby McFerrin
    The 23rd Psalm (Dedicated to my Mother)
    Boe Memorial Chapel, Northfield, Minnesota
  • Spring for Music Programming Contest Winner
    Spring for Music Programming Contest Winner
  • Richard Strauss
    Also Sprach Zarathustra, Op. 30
    The North German Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, Eiji Oue, conductor
    Grand Studio, Hanover, Germany
  • John Williams
    Superman, the Planet Krypton
    The Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, Erich Kunzel, conductor

hour 2

  • Clara Schumann
    Two Romances, Op. 22
    Ida Kavafian, violin, Gilles Vonsattel, piano
    Music from Angel Fire, Angel Fire, New Mexico
  • Osvaldo Golijov
    Night of the Flying Horses
    The Silk Road Ensemble
    Orchestra Hall, Chicago
  • Carlo Farina
    Excerpts from Capriccio Stravagante
    Capriccio Stravagante, Skip Sempe, conductor
  • Pat Metheny
    The Bat
    Jason Vieaux, guitar
    Maud Moon Weyerhaeuser Studio, St. Paul
  • Clara Schumann
    Prelude and Fugue in B-Flat, Op. 16, No. 2
    Angela Cheng, piano
  • Clara Schumann
    Finale from Piano Concerto in A Minor, Op. 7
    Veronica Jochum, piano, the Bamberg Symphony, Joseph Silverstein, conductor
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