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Mariss Jansons

December 7, 2011

From Paper Clips to Perfection

Mariss Jansons got his conducting start early in life. We'll hear the story of how he graduated from conducting paper clips and erasers, to leading the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, once voted the top orchestra in the world. Today, they team up for Maurice Ravel's ravishing Suite No. 2 from the ballet "Daphnis and Chloe."

Today's Playlist

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hour 1

  • Maurice Ravel
    Fourth movement from String Quartet in F
    The Keller Quartet
  • Edvard Grieg and Grigory Ginzburg
    Paraphrase on In the Hall of the Mountain King, from Peer Gynt
    Denis Matsuev, piano
    Chopin and his Europe International Music Festival, Warsaw, Poland
  • Johan Svendsen
    Carnival in Paris, Op. 9
    The NDR Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, Eivind Gullberg Jensen, conductor
    Grand Studio, Hanover, Germany
  • The Piano Puzzler
    This week's contestant is Blaine Wamsley from Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • Maurice Ravel
    Daphnis and Chloe Suite No. 2
    The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Mariss Jansons, conductor
    The Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, the Netherlands

hour 2

  • Johann Sebastian Bach
    Solo Cello Suite No. 2 in D Minor, BWV 1008
    Cicely Parnas, cello
    Maud Moon Weyerhaeuser Studio, St. Paul
  • PT Young Artist in Residence
    Cicely Parnas, cello
  • Hector Berlioz
    Overture to Les Francs-Juges
    The New York Philharmonic, Andrew Davis, conductor
    Avery Fisher Hall, New York City
  • Heitor Villa-Lobos
    Toccata (The Peasant's Little Train), from Bachianas Brasileiras No. 2
    The Nashville Symphony Orchestra, Kenneth Schermerhorn, conductor
  • Heitor Villa-Lobos
    Preludio (Modinha), from Bachianas Brasileiras No. 1, A. 246
    The Beauvais Cello Octet
    Bulgaria Concert Hall, Sofia, Bulgaria
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