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Yefim Bronfman

June 22, 2011

Summer Music, Birthday Music

Alexander Borodin was a professional chemist, with little time to compose. Usually, he took forever to finish a piece of music. But one summer, he took some time off work and wrote a string quartet. The Jerusalem String Quartet plays Borodin's String Quartet No. 2, in concert in New York City. And Yefim Bronfman (pictured) plays Dmitri Shostakovich's Piano Concerto No. 2, from a concert in London. Shostakovich wrote it in honor of his son Maxim's 19th birthday.

Today's Playlist

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hour 1

  • Peter Tchaikovsky
    June, from the Seasons, Op. 37b
    Yefim Bronfman, piano
  • Frederic Chopin
    Etude No. 12 in C Minor, Op. 10 (Revolutionary)
    Yefim Bronfman, piano
    Barbican Hall, London, England
  • Dmitri Shostakovich
    Piano Concerto No. 2 in F, Op. 102
    Yefim Bronfman, piano, the London Symphony Orchestra, Valery Gergiev, conductor
    Barbican Hall, London, England
  • Johann Sebastian Bach
    Violin Partita No. 3 in E, BWV 1006
    Gil Shaham, violin
    Hirshhorn Museum, Washington, D.C.
  • The Piano Puzzler
    This week's contestant is Reuben Manring from Columbia, Missouri
  • Claudio Monteverdi
    Pur ti Miro, from the Coronation of Poppea
    Maxine Eilander, baroque harp, Stephen Stubbs, lute
    Boston Early Music Festival, Boston

hour 2

  • Alexander Borodin
    Tarantella in D
    Marco Rapetti and Giampaolo Nuti, piano
  • Ludwig van Beethoven
    Coriolan Overture in C Minor for Orchestra, Op. 62
    The Texas Festival Orchestra, Gregory Vajda, conductor
    International Festival-Institute at Round Top, Round Top, Texas
  • Alexander Borodin
    String Quartet No. 2 in D
    The Jerusalem String Quartet
    Alice Tully Hall, New York City
  • Peter Tchaikovsky
    Waltz from Serenade for Strings in C, Op. 48
    The French National Orchestra, Kurt Masur, conductor
    Theatre des Champs-Elysees, Paris, France
  • Johann Strauss, Jr.
    Napoleon March, Op. 156
    The Vienna Philharmonic, Georges Pretre, conductor
    Musikverein, Vienna, Austria
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