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May 13, 2011

Variations on a Rococo Theme

Rococo art and music are often criticized as being a little fussy and overly decorative. All frosting and no cake. But Peter Tchaikovsky's Variations on a Rococo Theme not only has plenty of cake, there are also vegetables and a side of beef lurking under there too. Cellist Alisa Weilerstein serves up this hearty fare, from a concert with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra in New York.

Today's Playlist

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hour 1

  • Igor Stravinsky
    Suite No. 1 for Small Orchestra
    The Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Eduardo Mata, conductor
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    March in D, K. 445
    The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Christian Zacharias, conductor
    Ordway Center, St. Paul
  • Felix Mendelssohn
    Song without Words in E, Op. 19b, No. 1 (Sweet Remembrance)
    Marc-Andre Hamelin, piano
    92nd Street Y, New York City
  • Ludwig van Beethoven
    Symphony No. 7 in A, Op. 92
    The Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Jaap van Zweden, conductor
    Meyerson Symphony Center, Dallas

hour 2

  • Joseph Haydn
    Finale from Symphony in C, Hob. I.48 (Maria Theresia)
    The Orpheus Chamber Orchestra
  • Chris Thile
    Mandolin Concerto
    Chris Thile, mandolin, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Jeffrey Kahane, conductor
    Royce Hall, Los Angeles
  • Peter Tchaikovsky
    Variations on a Rococo Theme, Op. 33
    Alisa Weilerstein, cello, the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra
    Carnegie Hall, New York City
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