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Johannes Brahms

February 10, 2012

A Final Ovation

The last applause Johannes Brahms ever heard was for his Fourth Symphony. He was dying of cancer. But he went to hear Hans Richter conduct the Vienna Philharmonic. The performance received a big ovation. We'll never know if the echo of that applause was in Brahms' ears when he died a month later. In today's show, Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic earn a big ovation for their performance of Brahms' Fourth Symphony.

NOTE: Through our agreement with the Mozart Week Festival, Hour 2 of today's show is not available for web audio streaming.

Today's Playlist

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hour 1

  • Edward MacDowell
    Second movement from Piano Concerto No. 2, Op. 23
    Andre Watts, piano, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Andrew Litton, conductor
  • Johannes Brahms
    Symphony No. 4 in E Minor, Op. 98
    The Los Angeles Philharmonic, Gustavo Dudamel, conductor
    Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles
  • Franz Liszt
    En Reve
    Andre Watts, piano
    The Schubert Club, St. Paul

hour 2

  • Manuel de Falla
    Selections from Seven Popular Spanish Songs
    Kim Kashkashian, viola, Robert Levin, piano
  • Nino Rota
    La Passerella
    The Zagreb Saxophone Quartet
    Hugh Hodgson Concert Hall, Athens, Georgia
  • Claude Debussy
    Fantasy for Piano and Orchestra
    Nelson Freire, piano, the London Symphony Orchestra, Michael Tilson Thomas, conductor
    Barbican Hall, London, England
  • Donnacha Dennehy
    He wishes his Beloved were Dead, from That the Night Come
    Dawn Upshaw, soprano, the Crash Ensemble, Alan Pierson, conductor
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Twelve Variations in B-flat, K. 500
    Robert Levin, fortepiano
    Mozart Week, Salzburg, Austria
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