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Mihaela Ursuleasa

August 7, 2012

Remembering Mihaela Ursuleasa

The music world was saddened to learn of the death late last week of Romanian pianist Mihaela Ursuleasa. She was only 33, and died of an apparent brain hemorrhage. Mihaela Ursuleasa stopped by the PT studios in 2008 for music and conversation with host Fred Child. PT staffers remember her as being smart and talented and engaging. In today's show, we'll rebroadcast portions of that 2008 interview, and her performance of music by Rachmaninoff and Chopin.

Today's Playlist

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hour 1

  • Gioachino Rossini
    Overture to Il Signor Bruschino
    The Montreal Symphony Orchestra, Charles Dutoit, conductor
  • Giuseppe Verdi
    Triumphal March and Ballet Music from Aida
    The Cleveland Orchestra, Nicola Luisotti, conductor
    Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, Miami
  • Giacomo Puccini
    Chrysanthemums
    The Parker Quartet
    Jordan Hall, Boston
  • Igor Stravinsky
    Symphonies of Wind Instruments
    The Los Angeles Philharmonic, Charles Dutoit, conductor
    Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles
  • Gioachino Rossini
    Duetto in D
    Denis Brott, cello, James VanDemark, double bass
    Montreal Chamber Music Festival, Montreal, Quebec

hour 2

  • Sergei Rachmaninoff
    Etude-Tableaux, Op. 39, No. 9
    Mihaela Ursuleasa, piano
    Maud Moon Weyerhaeuser Studio, St. Paul
  • Perfchat with Mihaela Ursuleasa
    Perfchat
  • Astor Piazzolla
    Escualo (Shark)
    Marina Piccinini, flute, the Brasil Guitar Duo
    Aspen Music Festival, Aspen, Colorado
  • Ludwig van Beethoven
    First movement from Sonata No. 25 in G, Op. 79
    Daniel Barenboim, piano
  • Ludwig van Beethoven
    Symphony No. 2 in D, Op. 36
    The West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, Daniel Barenboim, conductor
    The BBC Proms, London, England
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