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Jean Sibelius

June 11, 2012

When Second-Best is Best

Stefan Jackiw is the man Jean Sibelius wanted to be. Jackiw is immensely talented, a world-class violinist still only in his 20s. At 26, Sibelius was forced to admit that he didn't have either the talent or the nerves to make it as a violinist. Distraught, he turned to his only other option, composing. But in settling for second-best, Sibelius achieved an immortality he never would have known as a performer. Stefan Jackiw plays Sibelius' Violin Concerto in today's show, from a concert in Nashville.

Today's Playlist

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hour 1

  • Charles Ives
    Scherzo from Symphony No. 1 in D Minor
    The Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Michael Tilson Thomas, conductor
  • Alexander Borodin
    Symphony No. 2 in B Minor
    The Netherlands Radio Chamber Philharmonic, Otto Tausk, conductor
    The Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
  • Manuel de Falla
    Ritual Fire Dance, from El Amor Brujo (Love, the Magician)
    The Petar Jankovic Ensemble
    Auer Hall, Bloomington, Indiana
  • Roland Dyens
    Third movement from Libra Sonatine
    The Petar Jankovic Ensemble
    Auer Hall, Bloomington, Indiana
  • Franz Schubert (Arranged by Anton Webern)
    Six German Dances, D. 820
    The San Francisco Symphony, Michael Tilson Thomas, conductor
    Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco

hour 2

  • Heitor Villa-Lobos
    Fuga from Bachianas Brasileiras No. 1
    The Nashville Symphony Orchestra, Kenneth Schermerhorn, conductor
  • Sergei Rachmaninoff
    Lilacs, Op. 21, No. 5
    Eduard Kunz, piano
    International Chopin Piano Festival, Duszniki Zdroj, Poland
  • Jean Sibelius
    Concerto in D Minor for Violin and Orchestra
    Stefan Jackiw, violin, the Nashville Symphony, Mario Venzago, conductor
    Schermerhorn Symphony Center, Nashville
  • Francois de Blamont
    Excerpts from Les Fetes Grecques et Romaines (Greek and Roman Festivals)
    Les Ombres
    Capucine Church, Fribourg, Switzerland
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