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Frankenstein's Monster

March 2, 2012

Electrifying

Like Dr. Frankenstein, Paul Hindemith took a few used parts from a long-dead composer and electrified them into something huge and powerful. The unwitting donor? That would be Carl Maria von Weber. His charming little tunes and marches served as the raw material for today's monster with a heart of gold, Hindemith's "Symphonic Metamorphoses on Themes by Carl Maria von Weber." We'll hear it from a concert in Los Angeles.

Today's Playlist

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hour 1

  • Carl Maria von Weber
    Turandot Overture
    The Queensland Philharmonic Orchestra, John Georgiadis, conductor
  • Ludwig van Beethoven
    Twelve Variations for Cello and Piano on See the Conquering Hero Comes, WoO 45
    Pieter Wispelwey, cello, Lois Shapiro, piano
    Mixon Hall, Cleveland
  • Paul Hindemith
    Symphonic Metamorphoses on Themes by Carl Maria von Weber
    The Los Angeles Philharmonic, Esa-Pekka Salonen, conductor
    Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles
  • Richard Wagner
    O du mein holden Abendstern, from Tannhauser
    Bryn Terfel, bass-baritone, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Esa-Pekka Salonen, conductor
    Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles
  • Johannes Brahms
    Albumblatt
    Andras Schiff, piano
    BBC Studios, London, England

hour 2

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