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June 21, 2011

Sweeping away the Dust

They're two works that were almost lost forever. Georges Bizet's Symphony in C sat on a shelf at the Paris Conservatory library for 60 years, a long-forgotten homework assignment by the 17-year-old composer. A researcher discovered it in 1933, dusted it off and got it published. And Anton Webern's lovely "In the Summer Breeze" spent some time in a hole in the ground, hidden by Webern himself as Russian troops marched into Vienna in 1945. We'll hear both, from concerts in Switzerland and New York.

Today's Playlist

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hour 1

  • Georges Bizet
    Habanera, from Carmen
    The BBC Concert Orchestra, Barry Wordsworth, conductor
  • Mily Balakirev
    Islamey, Oriental Fantasy
    Martina Filjak, piano
    Parish Church, Santa Cristina d'Aro, Spain
  • Gabriel Faure
    Fourth movement from Violin Sonata No. 1 in A, Op. 13
    Ani Kavafian, violin, Lindsay Garritson, piano
    Battell Chapel, New Haven, Connecticut
  • Georges Bizet
    Symphony No. 1 in C
    The Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra, Gabor Takacs-Nagy, conductor
    Verbier Festival, Verbier, Switzerland

hour 2

  • Sergei Prokofiev
    Excerpts from a Summer's Day, Op. 65
    The Swiss-Italian Orchestra, Juraj Valcuha, conductor
    Stelio Molo Auditorium, Lugano, Switzerland
  • Aaron Copland
    Midsummer Nocturne
    Ramon Salvatore, piano
  • William Grant Still
    Alexa Still, flute, Susan DeWitt Smith, piano
  • Arthur Honegger
    Pastorale d'ete, H. 31 (Summer Pastorale)
    The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Christian Zacharias, conductor
    Ordway Center, St. Paul
  • Edvard Grieg
    Lyric Pieces No. 2 (Summer Evening) and No. 7 (Remembrances), Op. 71
    Leif Ove Andsnes, piano
  • Anton Webern
    Im Sommerwind (In the Summer Breeze)
    The New York Philharmonic, Alan Gilbert, conductor
    Avery Fisher Hall, New York City
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