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Ludwig van Beethoven

September 22, 2011

Beethoven's Missa Solemnis

Beethoven's Missa Solemnis (Solemn Mass) isn't so much a declaration of piety as it is a battle with the Almighty. It's massive. It's unsettling, even thorny in places. Just like the composer himself. Sir Colin Davis led a performance several weeks ago at the BBC Proms in London. We'll hear highlights in today's show. Plus, Sergei Prokofiev's homage to Haydn, his Classical Symphony.

Today's Playlist

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hour 1

  • Frank Bridge
    The Dew Fairy and Heart's Ease
    Stephen Hough, piano
  • Frank Bridge
    Sir Roger de Coverley
    The New Century Chamber Orchestra, Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, director
    Osher Marin Jewish Community Center, San Rafael, California
  • Henry Purcell
    Scotch Tune
    Solamente Naturali
    Boston Early Music Festival, Boston
  • William Walton
    Touch Her Soft Lips and Part, from Henry V
    A Far Cry
    Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston
  • Ludwig van Beethoven
    Excerpts from Mass in D, Op. 123 (Missa Solemnis)
    The London Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, London Philharmonic Choir, soloists, Colin Davis, conductor
    The BBC Proms, London, England
  • Johann Sebastian Bach
    Sarabande from Violin Partita No. 2 in D Minor, BWV 1004
    Anne-Sophie Mutter, violin
    The BBC Proms, London, England

hour 2

  • Louis Moreau Gottschalk
    Gypsy Song
    Philip Martin, piano
  • Jean-Fery Rebel
    The Characters of the Dance
    Tempesta di Mare
    Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia
  • Joseph Haydn
    Keyboard Trio No. 25 in G, Hob.XV:25 (Gypsy Rondo)
    Wu Han, piano, Gil Shaham, violin, David Finckel, cello
    Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, New York City
  • Sergei Prokofiev
    Symphony No. 1 in D, Op. 25 (Classical)
    The London Symphony Orchestra, Valery Gergiev, conductor
    The BBC Proms, London, England
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