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Paul Hindemith

August 8, 2011

Morphing Weber

In 1938, composer Paul Hindemith fled Nazi Germany and later came to the U.S. One of his first projects here was to write a ballet based on themes by Carl Maria von Weber. Weber's tunes were charming but insubstantial. But Hindemith took that music of limited possibilities and turned it into something spectacular. His Symphonic Metamorphosis on Themes by Weber is in today's show, in a performance by the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

Today's Playlist

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hour 1

  • Robert Schumann
    Third movement from Kreisleriana, Op. 16
    Mitsuko Uchida, Piano
  • Alan Hovhaness
    Macedonian Mountain Dance
    Sahan Arzruni, piano
    First Congregational Church of Berkeley, Berkeley, California
  • Anonymous
    Pestry Zbornik (Tabulatura Miscellanea)
    Solamente Naturali, Milos Valent, director
    Boston Early Music Festival, Boston
  • Robert Schumann
    Excerpts from Fantasiestucke, Op. 73
    Martin Kuuskmann, bassoon, Robert Kulek, piano
    GAIA Chamber Music Festival, Thun, Switzerland
  • Robert Schumann
    Two Piano Pieces for Children Big and Small, Op. 85
    Lena Neudauer, violin, Robert Kulek, piano
    GAIA Chamber Music Festival, Thun, Switzerland
  • Frank Bridge
    There is a Willow Grows Aslant a Brook
    The BBC Symphony Orchestra, Oliver Knussen, conductor
    The BBC Proms, London, England
  • Arthur Honegger
    Pacific 231
    The BBC Symphony Orchestra, Oliver Knussen, conductor
    The BBC Proms, London, England

hour 2

  • Richard Wagner
    O du Mein Holden Abendstern, from Tannhauser
    The Los Angeles Philharmonic, Esa-Pekka Salonen, conductor
    Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles
  • Paul Hindemith
    Symphonic Metamorphoses on Themes by Carl Maria von Weber
    The Los Angeles Philharmonic, Esa-Pekka Salonen, conductor
    Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles
  • Edvard Grieg
    Kivlemoyane (The Kivle Maidens)
    Einar Steen-Nokleberg, piano
  • Edvard Grieg
    Blegnet, Segnet (With traditional Norwegian folk song: Herr, Ole)
    The Oslo Chamber Choir, Liv Ulvik, soloist, Hakon Daniel Nystedt, conductor
    Maud Moon Weyerhaeuser Music Studio, St. Paul
  • Edvard Grieg
    Ved Mannjevningen, from Sigurd Jorsalfar, Op. 22
    Arve Tellefsen, violin, Sveinung Bjelland, piano
    Bergen International Festival, Bergen, Norway
  • Paul Hindemith
    Four Pieces for Two Bassoons
    Milan Turkovic and Daniele Damiano, bassoons
  • Richard Wagner
    The Ride of the Valkyries, from Die Walkure
    The Los Angeles Philharmonic, Esa-Pekka Salonen, conductor
    Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles
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