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April 6, 2012

Passover and Good Friday

This day is holy for two of the world's great religions, Judaism and Christianity. Jews observe the beginning of Passover at sundown tonight. And Christians call this day Good Friday, the day Jesus died on the cross. In today's show, music in observance of both traditions, including traditional Passover songs and highlights from the Bach St. John Passion.

Today's Playlist

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hour 1

  • Johann Christoph Pez
    Excerpts from Concerto Pastorale in F
    Les Violons du Roy, Bernard Labadie, conductor
  • Felix Mendelssohn
    Song without Words in E, Op. 19b, No. 1
    Marc-Andre Hamelin, piano
    92nd Street Y, New York City
  • Johann Sebastian Bach
    Excerpts from St. John Passion, BWV 245
    Les Violons du Roy, soloists, Bernard Labadie, conductor
    Carnegie Hall, New York City

hour 2

  • Eric Ewazen
    A River Valley Idyll for Chamber Orchestra
    The Windham Festival Chamber Orchestra, Eric Ewazen, conductor
    Doctorow Center for the Arts, Hunter, New York
  • Carlo Gesualdo da Venosa
    Excerpts from Tenebrae Responsories for Holy Saturday
    The Sydney Chamber Choir, Paul Stanhope, director
    Verbrugghen Hall, Sydney, Australia
  • James MacMillan
    Tenebrae Responsory No. 2 (They Delivered me)
    The Sydney Chamber Choir, Paul Stanhope, director
    Verbrugghen Hall, Sydney, Australia
  • Tigran Mansurian
    The Rosamunde Quartet
  • Bruce Adolphe
    Elijah the Prophet in the style of Robert Schumann
    Bruce Adolphe, piano
    Maud Moon Weyerhaeuser Studio, St. Paul
  • Traditional Jewish
    Eliyahu HaNavi
    Rachel Van Voorhees, harp
  • Jonathan Leshnoff
    The The Rabbi's Dance, from Yiddish Dance Suite
    Gil Shaham, violin, Orli Shaham, piano
    92nd Street Y, New York City
  • Salamone Rossi
    En Kelohenu and Shir Hammaalot
    Ensemble Salamone Rossi
  • Traditional Corsican
    Barbara Furtuna and L'Arpeggiata
    Zankel Hall, New York City
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