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February 9, 2012

Also Sprach Zarathustra

"It was the best of times. It was the worst of times." Those opening lines from Dickens'"A Tale of Two Cities" are burned into almost everyone's consciousness. But what about the rest of the book? Who can quote that? In today's show, we'll have another great opening line, the sunrise from "Also Sprach Zarathustra." Everyone knows it from the film "2001: A Space Odyssey." Plus the part no one remembers, the rest of the half-hour tone poem by Richard Strauss.

Today's Playlist

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hour 1

  • York Bowen
    Preludes Nos. 21 and 16, Op. 102
    Stephen Hough, piano
  • York Bowen
    Finale from Symphony No. 2, Op. 31
    The BBC Philharmonic, Andrew Davis, conductor
  • Florence Beatrice Price
    Paul Jacobs, organ
    Studio P, St. Paul
  • Nadia Boulanger
    Paul Jacobs, organ
    Studio P, St. Paul
  • Johann Sebastian Bach
    Third movement from Trio Sonata No. 4 in E Minor, BWV 528
    Paul Jacobs, organ
    Studio P, St. Paul
  • Edward Elgar
    Allegretto from Sonata in G, Op. 28
    Paul Jacobs, organ
    Studio P, St. Paul
  • Perfchat with Paul Jacobs
  • Georg Philipp Telemann
    Third movement from Double Concerto in E Minor for Recorder and Flute, TWV 52:e1
    Anna Fusek, recorder, Christoph Huntgeburth, flute, the Academy for Ancient Music, Berlin
    Saint Lawrence's Church, Lausanne, Switzerland

hour 2

  • Jules Massenet
    The Last Sleep of the Virgin, from La Vierge
    The City of Birmingham Symphony, Louis Fremaux, conductor
  • Francois Dompierre
    Prelude No. 1 for Piano Solo
    Alain Lefevre, piano
    Wilfrid-Pelletier Hall, Montreal, Quebec
  • Aaron Copland
    Piano Blues No. 1
    Ricardo Descalzo, piano
    Juan March Foundation, Madrid, Spain
  • Vincent Segal
    "Ma-Ma" FC
    Ballake Sissoko, kora, Vincent Segal, cello
    Savannah Music Festival, Savannah, Georgia
  • Kevin Volans
    First movement from String Quartet No. 1 (White Man Sleeps)
    The Kronos Quartet
  • Richard Strauss
    Also sprach Zarathustra, Op. 30, TrV 176
    The City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Andris Nelsons, conductor
    Symphony Hall, Birmingham, England
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