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August 9, 2011

The Dance of the Seven Veils

In nine minutes of ravishing music by Richard Strauss, Salome sheds her inhibitions along with her clothes in a dance for her step-father, King Herod. The scene from Strauss' opera Salome shocked audiences when it premiered in 1905. In today's show, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra plays Strauss' infamous Dance of the Seven Veils, in a concert from the BBC Proms in London.

Today's Playlist

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hour 1

  • Antonin Dvorak
    Slavonic Dance No. 8, Op. 46
    The New York Philharmonic, Kurt Masur, conductor
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Adagio in B-flat, K. 411
    Festival Musicians
    Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, Santa Fe, New Mexico
  • Igor Stravinsky
    Le Chant du Rossignol (the Song of the Nightingale)
    The New York Philharmonic, Lorin Maazel, conductor
    Avery Fisher Hall, New York City
  • Maurice Ravel
    Le Tombeau de Couperin
    Festival Musicians
    Music@Menlo, Palo Alto, California

hour 2

  • Michael Jackson
    Billie Jean
    The Anderson and Roe Piano Duo
    Cooperstown Summer Music Festival, Cooperstown, New York
  • Jean-Philippe Rameau
    Gavotte and Variations
    The Brasil Guitar Duo
    Spivey Hall, Morrow, Georgia
  • Gary Schocker
    Three Dances for Two Flutes
    Eugenia Zukerman and Gary Schocker, flutes, Ran Dank, piano
    Young Concert Artists Anniversary Concert, New York City
  • Gioachino Rossini
    Overture to William Tell
    The Dallas Wind Symphony, Kevin Sedatole, conductor
    Meyerson Symphony Center, Dallas
  • Ludwig van Beethoven
    Egmont Overture, Op. 84
    The Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Jaap van Zweden, conductor
    Meyerson Symphony Center, Dallas
  • John Foulds
    Keltic Lament, Op. 29, No. 2
    The City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Sakari Oramo, conductor
  • Richard Strauss
    The Dance of the Seven Veils, from Salome
    The City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Andris Nelsons, conductor
    The BBC Proms, London, England
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