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March 7, 2012


The legend of the firebird comes down to us from many different cultures. The details differ, but the essence of the story is the same. This magical bird is immortal, dying in fire and being reborn in the ashes of its former self. In 1910, the then-unknown Igor Stravinsky ensured his own immortality, writing music for the new ballet, "The Firebird." We'll hear a performance of the complete ballet from Germany, Alan Gilbert leading the Berlin Philharmonic.

Today's Playlist

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hour 1

  • Johannes Brahms
    Hungarian Dance No. 4 in F-sharp Minor
    The Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Kurt Masur, conductor
  • Leos Janacek
    Third movement from Suite for Strings
    Sinfonietta Paris, Michael Boone, conductor
    The Reformed Church of Batignolles, Paris, France
  • Antonin Dvorak
    Excerpt from Cypresses for String Quartet
    The Lark Chamber Artists
    Temple Beth-El, San Antonio, Texas
  • The Piano Puzzler
    This week's contestant is David Sargent from Springville, Utah
  • Felix Mendelssohn
    Symphony No. 4 in A, Op. 90 (Italian)
    The Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Roger Norrington, conductor
    Gewandhaus, Leipzig, Germany

hour 2

  • Joseph Haydn
    Minuet from Symphony No. 92 in G (Oxford)
    The Berlin Philharmonic, Simon Rattle, conductor
  • Johann Heinrich Schmelzer
    Sonata No. 5 in A for Strings and Basso Continuo
    The Masques Ensemble
    Our Lady of Good Help Chapel, Montreal, Quebec
  • George Frideric Handel
    Gigue from Water Music in G Major, HWV 350
    REBEL Ensemble
    International Handel Festival, Gottingen, Germany
  • Igor Stravinsky
    Excerpts from the Firebird
    The Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Alan Gilbert, conductor
    Philharmonie, Berlin, Germany
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