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Daphnis and Chloe

May 11, 2011

Daphnis and Chloe

It's an ancient, simple story of boy meets girl. Boy and girl fall in love. Boy loses girl when she is abducted by pirates. Boy gets girl back, thanks to the intervention of a deity who is half-man and half-goat. OK, maybe the story of Daphnis and Chloe isn't so simple after all. But boy and girl live happily ever after in Maurice Ravel's ravishing, shimmering coming-of-age love story. The Montreal Symphony plays Ravel's Daphnis and Chloe Suite No. 2, from a concert in Montreal.

Today's Playlist

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hour 1

  • Georges Bizet
    Danse Boheme, from Carmen
    The Montreal Symphony Orchestra, Charles Dutoit, conductor
  • Maurice Ravel
    Daphnis and Chloe Suite No. 2
    The Montreal Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, Jacques Lacombe, conductor
    Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier, Montreal, Quebec
  • The Piano Puzzler
    This week's contestant is Keith Weber from Houston
  • Bohuslav Martinu
    Excerpt from the Frescoes of Piero della Francesca
    The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, John Eliot Gardiner, conductor
    The Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
  • Claude Debussy
    Estampes, from Gardens in the Rain
    Rafal Blechacz, piano
    Gilmore International Keyboard Festival, Kalamazoo, Michigan
  • Enrique Granados
    Intermedio, from Goyescas
    The Mexican State Symphony Orchestra, Enrique Batiz, conductor
    Granada International Music Festival, Granada, Spain

hour 2

  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Overture to the Marriage of Figaro
    The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Bobby McFerrin, conductor
  • Tan Dun
    Floating Clouds, from Eight Memories in Water Color
    The Amstel Saxophone Quartet
  • Franz Liszt
    Gray Clouds (Nuages Gris), S. 199
    Alfred Brendel, piano
  • Franz Schubert
    Symphony No. 2 in B-flat, D. 125
    The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Mark Russell Smith, conductor
    Ted Mann Concert Hall, Minneapolis
  • Carter Pann
    Slalom
    The Dallas Wind Symphony, Jerry Junkin, conductor
    Meyerson Symphony Center, Dallas
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