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Roman Totenberg

May 10, 2012

Remembering Roman Totenberg

On Thursday's Performance Today, we remember violinist Roman Totenberg, who died on Tuesday. In Totenberg's marathon 90-year professional career, he worked with composers like Samuel Barber, taught hundreds of students and launched two important musical institutions: The Aspen Music Festival and Music Academy of the West. The classical music world would be a different place had it not been for Roman Totenberg. We'll honor his contribution by listening to his performance of Ernest Bloch's Violin Concerto.

Today's Playlist

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hour 1

  • Ludwig van Beethoven
    Second movement from Sonata No. 6 in F
    Paul Lewis, piano
  • Giuseppe Verdi
    Triumphal March and Ballet Music from Aida
    The Cleveland Orchestra, Nicola Luisotti, conductor
    Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, Miami
  • Ludwig van Beethoven
    Rondo in C for Solo Piano, Op. 51, No. 1
    Kristian Bezuidenhout, fortepiano
    Savannah Music Festival, Savannah, Georgia
  • Johann Sebastian Bach
    Sonata No. 1 in G for Viola da Gamba and Fortepiano, BWV 1027
    Jonathan Cohen, cello, Kristian Bezuidenhout, fortepiano
    Savannah Music Festival, Savannah, Georgia
  • Johann Sebastian Bach
    Prelude from Solo Cello Suite No. 1 in G, BWV 1007
    Jonathan Cohen, cello
    Savannah Music Festival, Savannah, Georgia
  • Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco
    Excerpts from Les Guitares Bien Temperees, Op. 199 (The Well-Tempered Guitars)
    Saint John the Baptist Church, Ottawa, Ontario

hour 2

  • Johannes Brahms
    Scherzo from Piano Sonata No. 3 in F Minor, Op. 5:
    Stephen Hough, piano
  • Ernest Bloch
    Third movement from Concerto for Violin and Orchestra
    Roman Totenberg, violin, the Vienna State Opera Orchestra, Vladimir Golschmann, conductor
  • Johannes Brahms
    String Quintet No. 1 in F, Op. 88
    Jessica Lee and Arnold Steinhardt, violins, Paul Neubauer and Beth Guterman, violas, Nicholas Canellakis, cello
    Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, New York City
  • Bob Becker
    Bye Bye Medley
    The Nexus Percussion Ensemble
    Ojai Music Festival, Ojai, California
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