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July 9, 2012

Mozart from Boston

Times were tough for Mozart in the summer of 1788. His financial life was a shambles, and he was reduced to writing a series of pitiful letters to a friend, pleading for money. But at the same time, he was also writing his final three symphonies, each of them a masterpiece. He churned them out over the course of two months that summer. We'll hear Mozart's Symphony Number 39, from a concert by James Levine and the Boston Symphony.

Today's Playlist

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hour 1

  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Rondo from Quartet in F for Oboe and Strings, K. 370 (368b)
    The Boston Symphony Chamber Players
  • Claude Debussy
    Excerpts from Suite Bergamasque
    The Calefax Reed Quintet
    Haarlem Church, Haarlem, the Netherlands
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Symphony No. 39 in E-flat, K. 543
    The Boston Symphony Orchestra, James Levine, conductor
    Symphony Hall, Boston
  • Joseph Joachim
    Romance in B-flat
    Dimitri Murrath, viola, Vincent Planes, piano
    Jordan Hall, Boston

hour 2

  • Traditional (Arranged by Linn Andrea Fuglseth)
    I Know of a Heavenly Stronghold
    Trio Mediaeval
    Fitzgerald Theater, St. Paul
  • Karim Al-Zand
    Visions from Another World
    The River Oaks Chamber Orchestra, JoAnn Falletta, conductor
    The Church of St. John the Divine, Houston
  • Franz Liszt
    Transcendental Etude No. 11, S. 139 (Evening Harmonies)
    Roberto Plano, piano
    The Frederic Chopin Society, St. Paul
  • Josef Strauss
    Music of the Spheres
    The Vienna Philharmonic, Daniel Barenboim, conductor
    Musikverein, Vienna, Austria
  • Gustav Holst
    Mercury, the Winged Messenger, from the Planets
    The CSR Symphony Orchestra, Adrian Leaper, conductor
  • Ludwig van Beethoven
    Cavatina from String Quartet No. 13 in B-flat, Op. 130
    The Pacifica Quartet
    Music@Menlo, Palo Alto, California
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