Support Performance Today with your Amazon.com purchases
Search Amazon.com:
Keywords:
  • News/Talk
  • Music
  • Entertainment
Performance Today homepage
Pablo Heras-Casado

November 3, 2011

Two Halves of a Conductor

Part of conductor's job is to be a glorified traffic cop, to make sure the music doesn't come apart at the seams. But even more important than that, it's to be a leader and a unifier, to convey an artistic vision to the orchestra. If the first part of the job description seems better-suited to younger people, it's the second part that has historically swung the baton in favor of the senior generation. Pablo Heras-Casado is a 34-year-old Spaniard who seems to have both halves in good order. Today, he leads the Los Angeles Philharmonic in Stravinsky's Firebird Suite.

Today's Playlist

Performance Today audio is available for thirty days following broadcast.

hour 1

  • Sergei Rachmaninoff
    Women's Dance, from Aleko
    The London Symphony Orchestra, Andre Previn, conductor
  • Johann Sebastian Bach
    Aria from the Goldberg Variations, BWV 988
    Andras Schiff, piano
    Schwetzingen Festival, Schwetzingen, Germany
  • Hugo Wolf
    Italian Serenade
    The New Century Chamber Orchestra, Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, violin and leader
    Herbst Theatre, San Francisco, California
  • Richard Wagner
    Prelude to Act III of Lohengrin
    The Los Angeles Philharmonic, Esa-Pekka Salonen, conductor
    Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles
  • Sergei Rachmaninoff
    Vocalise, Op. 34, No. 14
    Gautier Capucon, cello, Gabriela Montero, piano
    Rozsa Centre, Calgary, Alberta
  • Felix Mendelssohn
    Cello Sonata No. 2 in D, Op. 58
    Gautier Capucon, cello, Gabriela Montero, piano
    Rozsa Centre, Calgary, Alberta

hour 2

  • Henry Purcell
    Scotch Tune
    Solamente Naturali, Milos Valent, director
    Boston Early Music Festival, Boston
  • Francesco Geminiani
    The Last Time I Came o'er the Moor, from Sonata No. 3 for Two Violins and Basso Continuo
    Solamente Naturali, Milos Valent, director
    Boston Early Music Festival, Boston
  • Anonymous (Arranged by Milos Valent)
    A New Horn-Pipe
    Solamente Naturali, Milos Valent, director
    Boston Early Music Festival, Boston
  • Clyde Davenport
    Five Miles from Home
    The New Century Saxophone Quartet
    Rockport Chamber Music Festival, Rockport, Massachusetts
  • Traditional (Arranged by Glenn Haynes)
    My Lord, What a Morning
    The New Century Saxophone Quartet
    Rockport Chamber Music Festival, Rockport, Massachusetts
  • Kurt Weill
    Lost in the Stars
    Chanticleer
    Beaches Fine Arts Series, Jacksonville Beach, Florida
  • Igor Stravinsky
    Menuetto and Finale from Suite Italienne
    Cho-Liang Lin, violin, Andre-Michel Schub, piano
  • Igor Stravinsky
    The Firebird Suite
    The Los Angeles Philharmonic, Pablo Heras-Casado, conductor
    Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles
Program Archive



Questions or Comments
Call 1-866-943-4450 or email us.