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August 5, 2011

The Dutch Connection

The Netherlands conjures up images of windmills, page-boy haircuts, and wooden shoes. But despite its small size, it's a big player on the classical music scene. In today's show, the Netherlands Symphony Orchestra plays Dvorak's 8th Symphony at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. And Dutch conductor Jaap van Zweden leads the Dallas Symphony in Beethoven's 7th, from a concert in Dallas.

Today's Playlist

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hour 1

  • Peter Tchaikovsky
    Excerpt from the Sleeping Beauty, Op. 66
    The Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Andrew Litton, conductor
  • Anonymous
    Aria Hannaco
    Solamente Naturali
    Boston Early Music Festival, Boston
  • Ludwig van Beethoven
    Symphony No. 7 in A, Op. 92
    The Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Jaap van Zweden, conductor
    Meyerson Symphony Center, Dallas

hour 2

  • Antonin Dvorak
    Scherzo from Piano Quintet in A, Op. 81, B. 155
    Peter Serkin, piano, the Orion String Quartet
  • Judith Weir
    Stars, Night, Music, and Light
    The BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, the BBC Singers, Jiri Belohlavek, conductor
    The BBC Proms, London, England
  • Robert Schumann
    Romance No. 2 in F-sharp, Op. 28
    Leif Ove Andsnes, piano
    Royal Castle, Warsaw, Poland
  • Antonin Dvorak
    Symphony No. 8 in G, Op. 88
    The Netherlands Symphony Orchestra, Gerd Albrecht, conductor
    The Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
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