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Johann Sebastian Bach

November 28, 2011

In Praise of the Obscure

He was an obscure dead composer, but Mozart loved his work. He even arranged some of the old guy's keyboard pieces for string quartet. In today's show, the Orion String Quartet performs some of those curious Mozart arrangements. And that nearly-forgotten composer? That would be Johann Sebastian Bach.

Today's Playlist

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hour 1

  • Antonin Dvorak
    Scherzo from Piano Quintet in A, Op. 81
    The Orion String Quartet, Peter Serkin, piano
  • Frederic Chopin
    Scherzo No. 4 in E, Op. 54
    Yundi Li, piano
    Festival Theater, Baden-Baden, Germany
  • Johann Sebastian Bach
    Selections from the Well-Tempered Clavier
    The Orion String Quartet
    Music@Menlo, Palo Alto, California
  • Leonard Bernstein
    Symphonic Dances from West Side Story
    The Curtis Symphony Orchestra, Christoph Eschenbach, conductor
    Verizon Hall, Philadelphia

hour 2

  • Jaquin Turina
    Orgia, from Danzas Fantasticas
    The Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Eduardo Mata, conductor
  • Pablo de Sarasate
    Zortzico Adios Montanas Mias, Op. 39
    Gil Shaham, violin, the Orquesta Sinfonica de Castilla y Leon, Alejandro Posada, conductor
    Centro Cultural Miguel Delibes, Valladolid, Spain
  • Peter Tchaikovsky
    Symphony No. 5 in E Minor, Op. 64
    The Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Jaap van Zweden, conductor
    Meyerson Symphony Center, Dallas
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