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Pablo Heras-Casado

Weekend of November 5, 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

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hour 1

  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Rondo from Concerto in B-flat for Bassoon and Orchestra, K 191
    Benjamin Kamins, bassoon, the Houston Symphony, Christoph Eschenbach, conductor
  • Eero Grundstrom
    Pitchfork
    Pekka Kuusisto, violin, Milla Viljamaa, harmonium
    Royal Dublin Society Concert Hall, Dublin, Ireland
  • Joseph Haydn
    Presto from Trio in G for Mandolin, Viola and Cello
    Chris Thile, mandolin, Paul Neubauer, viola, Fred Sherry, cello
    Chamber Music Northwest, Portland, Oregon
  • The Piano Puzzler
    This week's contestant is Betty Sekhri from Kensington, Maryland
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Piano Concerto No. 21 in C, K. 467
    Rudolf Buchbinder, piano, the Spanish Radio and Television Orchestra, Manuel Hernandez Silva, conductor
    Teatro Monumental, Madrid, Spain

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
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