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Weekend of September 24, 2011

An American In Paris

Around the turn of the 20th century, the world went car crazy. Pretty soon, the sound of the city was the blaring of car horns. When George Gershwin visited Paris, he loved the sound of the horns on the winding stone streets so much that he brought four authentic Parisian taxi horns back with him to use at the premiere of his work, an American in Paris. Leonard Slatkin leads the Los Angeles Philharmonic in Gershwin's homage to Paris.

Today's Playlist

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hour 1

  • George Gershwin
    But Not For Me
    Joshua Bell, violin, the London Symphony Orchestra, John Williams, conductor
  • Alonso Mudarra
    Fantasy in the Style of Ludovico
    Rolf Lislevand, lute, Arianna Savall, harp
    Schwetzingen Festival, Schwetzingen, Germany
  • The Piano Puzzler
    This week's contestants are Dick and Serena LaVine from New York City
  • George Gershwin
    An American in Paris
    The Los Angeles Philharmonic, Leonard Slatkin, conductor
    Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles
  • Dmitri Shostakovich
    Suite No. 1 for Jazz Orchestra
    The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, Wynton Marsalis, trumpet and leader
    Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles

hour 2

  • Johannes Brahms
    Intermezzo No. 2, Op. 117
    Helene Grimaud, piano
  • Ludwig van Beethoven
    Piano Concerto No. 4 in G, Op. 58
    Helene Grimaud, piano, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Manfred Honeck, conductor
    The BBC Proms, London, England
  • John Tavener
    Funeral Ikos
    The Montreal Early Music Studio, Christopher Jackson, conductor
    Saint-Leon-de-Westmount Church, Montreal, Quebec
  • Richard Strauss
    Waltz from Der Rosenkavalier, Op. 59
    The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Manfred Honeck, conductor
    The BBC Proms, London, England
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