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Franz Schubert

June 7, 2012

La Vie Boheme

Giacomo Puccini made it all seem so romantic in his opera, "La Boheme." But the Bohemian lifestyle that he celebrated was painfully real for some artists. Franz Schubert lived the Bohemian life in Vienna in the early 19th century, moving from garret to garret, sleeping on friends' couches, never having a place to call his own. Still, out of that poverty, Schubert wrote elegant, opulent music. We'll hear his String Quartet No. 15 in today's show, from a concert in Paris.

Today's Playlist

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hour 1

  • Manuel de Falla
    Andaluza, from Cuatro Piezas Espanolas
    Santiago Rodriguez, piano
  • Henry Purcell
    Excerpts from the Fairy Queen
    The Portland Baroque Orchestra Chamber Ensemble, Robin Johannsen, soprano
    Oregon Bach Festival, Eugene, Oregon
  • Joseph Haydn
    Piano Sonata in C Minor, Hob. XVI: 20
    Leif Ove Andsnes, piano
    Carnegie Hall, New York City
  • Manuel de Falla
    Suite No. 1 from the Three-Cornered Hat
    The Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, Yannick Nezet-Seguin, conductor
    The Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, the Netherlands

hour 2

  • Dmitri Shostakovich
    Adagio (Elegy) for String Quartet
    The Emerson String Quartet
  • Richard Wagner
    Prelude to Act III from Lohengrin
    The Danish National Symphony Orchestra, Thomas Dausgaard, conductor
    Old Opera, Frankfurt, Germany
  • Franz Schubert
    String Quartet No. 15 in G , D. 887
    The Emerson String Quartet
    The Louvre, Paris, France
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