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Johannes Brahms

Weekend of January 14, 2012

Brahms Second Serenade

Johannes Brahms was experimenting. He was always attracted to the richer, darker sounds of certain instruments, the viola and the clarinet, for example. He wanted to highlight those warmer sounds in his Second Serenade for Orchestra. But what to do with all those pesky violins, with their bright, piercing sounds? Hear how Brahms solved his fiddle problem in this weekend's show. The Orpheus Chamber Orchestra plays his Second Serenade in New York.

Today's Playlist

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hour 1

  • Anton Reicha
    Fourth movement from Quartet in D, Op. 12
    Flute Force
  • Bela Bartok
    Third movement from Divertimento for String Orchestra, BB 118
    The Sphinx Virtuosi
    Beaches Fine Arts Series, Jacksonville Beach, Florida
  • The Piano Puzzler
    This week's contestant is John Champion from Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Gunther Schuller
    The Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet
    Hugh Hodgson Concert Hall, Athens, Georgia
  • Anton Reicha
    Wind Quintet in B-flat, Op. 88, No. 5
    The Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet
    Hugh Hodgson Concert Hall, Athens, Georgia

hour 2

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