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Susanna Malkki

August 27, 2012

Reinventing Herself

The average worker in this country changes careers 3 to 5 times over the course of lifetime. Musicians tend to be far below that average. With the intense amount of time and energy invested in getting a job, few are inclined to walk away from it. But it's not unheard of. In today's show, the story of cellist Susanna Malkki, who gave up a big orchestra job and became conductor Susanna Malkki. She leads a performance of Prokofiev's "Romeo and Juliet" from a concert in London.

Today's Playlist

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hour 1

  • Bedrich Smetana
    The Dance of the Villagers, from the Bartered Bride
    The London Symphony Orchestra, Geoffrey Simon, conductor
  • Bedrich Smetana
    String Quartet No. 1 in E Minor (From My Life) (arranged for orchestra)
    The BBC Symphony Orchestra, Jiri Belohlavek, conductor
    The BBC Proms, London, England
  • Giuseppe Giamberti
    Ballo di Mantova
    Clematis, Leonardo Garcia-Alarcon, director and harpsichord
    Roisin Summer Music Festival, Roisin, Belgium
  • Georg Philipp Telemann
    Largo, from Fantasy No. 1 in B flat, TWV 40:14
    Komale Akakpo, hammered dulcimer
    Witold Lutoslawski Concert Studio, Warsaw, Poland
  • Francois Couperin
    Allemande
    Trio Settecento
    Sheldon Museum of Art, Lincoln, Nebraska
  • Rodion Shchedrin
    Humoreske
    Denis Matsuev, piano
    Verbier Festival and Academy, Verbier, Switzerland

hour 2

  • Joseph Haydn
    Rondo from Piano Sonata No. 35 in A-flat, Hob. XVI:43
    Emanuel Ax, piano
  • Agustin Barrios
    Third movement from La Catedral (the Cathedral)
    Sharon Isbin, guitar
    Aspen Music Festival, Aspen, Colorado
  • Sergei Prokofiev
    Suite No.1 from Romeo and Juliet, Op. 64bis
    The Philharmonia Orchestra, Susanna Malkki, conductor
    The BBC Proms, London, England
  • Joseph Haydn
    Keyboard Sonata in F Minor, Hob. XVII:6
    Emanuel Ax, piano
    Bass Performance Hall, Fort Worth, Texas
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