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January 9, 2012

The Curtis Symphony

The Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia is the most selective school in the country. Only 4% of applicants get in. And even then, it depends on what instrument you play. Curtis only accepts enough students to fill the chairs of a symphony orchestra. In today's show, we'll hear the occupants of those highly sought-after chairs, the Curtis Symphony Orchestra, in concert in Philadelphia.

Today's Playlist

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hour 1

  • Johannes Brahms
    Two Capriccios, from Seven Fantasies, Op. 116
    Richard Goode, piano
  • Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina
    Regina Coeli (Queen of Heaven)
    The Brabant Ensemble, Stephen Rice, director
    Utrecht Early Music Festival, Utrecht, the Netherlands
  • Gaspar Sanz
    Excerpts from Instruccion de Musica Sobre la Guitarra Espanola
    Rolf Lislevand, Baroque guitar
    Schwetzingen Festival, Schwetzingen, Germany
  • Chick Corea
    Quartet San Francisco
    Green Music Festival, Rohnert Park, California
  • Johannes Brahms
    Serenade No. 2 in A, Op. 16
    The Orpheus Chamber Orchestra
    Carnegie Hall, New York City

hour 2

  • Morten Lauridsen
    Contre qui, Rose (Against Whom, Rose)
    Conspirare, Craig Hella Johnson, director
    Long Center for the Performing Arts, Austin, Texas
  • Franz Liszt
    Der Tanz in der Dorfschenke, Mephisto Waltz No. 1
    The Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Marc Andreae, conductor
    Gewandhaus, Leipzig, Germany
  • Thomas Ravenscroft
    Of All the Birds That Ever I See
    Laoise O'Brien, recorder, and friends
    Kilkenny Arts Festival, Kilkenny, Ireland
  • Franz Schubert
    Hungarian Melody, D. 817
    Andras Schiff, piano
    Carnegie Hall, New York City
  • Edward Elgar
    Chanson de Nuit, Op. 15, No. 1
    The English Sinfonia, Charles Groves, conductor
  • Edward Elgar
    In the South (Alassio), Op. 50
    The Curtis Symphony Orchestra, James Judd, conductor
    Verizon Hall, Philadelphia
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