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November 15, 2011

A Hero's Life

If your critics are accusing you of writing extravagant, self-indulgent music, maybe the best response isn't to write an over-the-top work called A Hero's Life, casting yourself as the hero. And when folks question you about it, maybe you shouldn't compare yourself with Napoleon and Alexander in your defense. But then, maybe you're not Richard Strauss, who did exactly that. Was he for real, or was it all a big joke? The story in today's show, and a performance by the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

Today's Playlist

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hour 1

  • Silvius Leopold Weiss
    Tombeau sur la Mort de Mr. Cajetan, Baron d'Hartig
    Konrad Junghanel, lute
  • Silvius Leopold Weiss
    Excerpt from Suite
    David Russell, guitar
    92nd Street Y, New York City
  • Johann Sebastian Bach
    Flute Sonata in E Minor, BWV 1034 (arranged for oboe)
    Ramon Ortega Quero, oboe, Olga Watts, harpsichord
    Lucerne Summer Festival, Lucerne, Switzerland
  • Astor Piazzolla (Arranged by Anderson & Roe)
    Anderson & Roe Piano Duo
    Maud Moon Weyerhaeuser Studio, St. Paul
  • Sergei Rachmaninoff (Arranged by Anderson & Roe)
    Vocalise, Op. 34, No. 14
    Anderson & Roe Piano Duo
    Maud Moon Weyerhaeuser Studio, St. Paul
  • Perfchat with Anderson & Roe Piano Duo, Part II
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Symphony No. 32 in G, K. 318
    The Minnesota Orchestra, Osmo Vanska, conductor
    Orchestra Hall, Minneapolis

hour 2

  • Richard Strauss
    Entrance and Dance of the Tailors, from the Bourgeois Gentilhomme
    The Orpheus Chamber Orchestra
  • Henry Purcell
    Act V: Trumpet Tune from King Arthur, Z. 628
    Bourbon Baroque
    Yew Dell Gardens, Crestwood, Kentucky
  • Georg Philipp Telemann
    Don Quixote at Rest, from Don Quixote Suite
    Festival Musicians
    Music from Angel Fire, Taos, New Mexico
  • Richard Strauss
    Ein Heldenleben (A Hero's Life), Op. 40
    The Los Angeles Philharmonic, Edo de Waart, conductor
    Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles
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