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Franz Joseph Haydn

July 26, 2012

Haydn the Comedian

In today's show, a performance of a Haydn symphony that had a Viennese audience laughing out loud. We'll let you in on the joke, as Daniel Barenboim conducts the Vienna Philharmonic in Haydn's Farewell symphony. Plus, pianist Yuja Wang delivers a jaw-dropping performance of music from Stravinsky's ballet "Petrushka" in St. Paul.

Today's Playlist

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hour 1

  • Sergei Prokofiev
    Fourth movement from Piano Sonata No. 2
    Yefim Bronfman, piano
  • Henryk Wieniawski
    Etude-Caprice No. 5 in E, Op. 18
    Livia Sohn and Geoff Nuttall, violins
    Spoleto Festival USA, Charleston, South Carolina
  • Traditional Spanish
    Chatham Baroque
    Synod Hall, Oakland, Pennsylvania
  • Johannes Brahms
    Three movements from Piano Concerto No. 2 in B-flat, Op. 83
    Yefim Bronfman, piano, the Cleveland Orchestra, Franz Welser-Most, conductor
    Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, Miami

hour 2

  • Johann Strauss, Jr.
    The Annen Polka, Op. 117
    The Vienna Philharmonic, Daniel Barenboim, conductor
  • Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach
    Cello Concerto in A, Wq 172
    Paul Watkins, cello and conductor, the Norwegian Radio Orchestra
    Radio Concert Hall, Oslo, Norway
  • Igor Stravinsky
    Excerpts from Petrushka
    Yuja Wang, piano
    The Frederic Chopin Society, St. Paul
  • Joseph Haydn
    Finale from Symphony No. 45 in F-sharp Minor (Farewell)
    The Vienna Philharmonic, Daniel Barenboim, conductor
    Musikverein, Vienna, Austria
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