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April 25, 2012

Mozart's Clarinet Concerto

Of all Mozart's concertos for wind instruments, his clarinet concerto is arguably the finest. Gorgeous melodies, achingly beautiful harmonies. It's a perfect showpiece for what the instrument can do. Martin Frost plays Mozart's masterpiece, his one and only concerto for the clarinet. Plus, the harrowing story of how a near-fatal collision with a train taught Frost how to put work and rest into perspective.

Today's Playlist

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hour 1

  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    A Musical Joke, K. 522
    The Orpheus Chamber Orchestra
  • Johann Sebastian Bach
    Liebster Jesu, wir sind hier (Dearest Jesus, we are Here) BWV 731
    Erik Bosgraaf, recorder, Cordevento XL
    The Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
  • The Piano Puzzler
    This week's contestant is Drew Herman from Kodiak, Alaska
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Clarinet Concerto in A, K. 622
    Martin Frost, clarinet, the Australian Chamber Orchestra, Richard Tognetti, leader
    The Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
  • Traditional
    Klezmer Melody
    Martin Frost, clarinet
    The Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, the Netherlands

hour 2

  • Hugo Wolf
    Fruhlingschor (Chorus for Spring)
    The Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Westminster Symphonic Choir, Simon Rattle, conductor
    Carnegie Hall, New York City
  • Johannes Brahms
    Piano Trio No. 2 in C, Op. 87
    Christian Tetzlaff, violin, Tanja Tetzlaff, cello, Lars Vogt, piano
    The Louvre, Paris, France
  • Traditional (Arranged by Moses Hogan)
    Elijah Rock
    The Morehouse and Spelman College Glee Clubs, Kevin Johnson, director
    Atlanta Symphony Hall, Atlanta
  • Antonin Dvorak
    Slavonic Dance No. 9 in B, Op. 72
    The Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, Fritz Reiner, conductor
  • Antonin Dvorak
    Slavonic Dance No. 8
    The Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, Franz Welser-Most, conductor
    Lucerne Festival, Lucerne, Switzerland
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