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September 3, 2012

Labor Day

Technically, it doesn't happen for another couple of weeks. But for most of us, this day marks the unofficial end of summer. After today, the picnic baskets, sunscreen, and beach towels can go back in the closet. Time to start hunting for socks and scarves and anything made of flannel. We'll celebrate Labor Day today with a couple of portraits of autumn by Antonio Vivaldi and Astor Piazzolla. And an ode to the American worker, Aaron Copland's "Fanfare for the Common Man."

Today's Playlist

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hour 1

  • George Gershwin
    But Not For Me
    Joshua Bell, violin, the London Symphony Orchestra, John Williams, conductor
  • Aaron Copland
    Fanfare for the Common Man
    The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Julian Kuerti, conductor
    Cincinnati Music Hall, Cincinnati
  • Richard Wagner
    Overture to Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg
    The Los Angeles Philharmonic, Esa-Pekka Salonen, conductor
    Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles
  • George Gershwin
    Songbook, 18 Songs for Piano
    Marc-Andre Hamelin, piano
    Schwetzingen Festival, Schwetzingen, Germany
  • Robert Rival
    The Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, William Eddins, conductor
    Spring for Music Festival, New York City

hour 2

  • Alberto Ginastera
    Dances from Estancia, Op. 8bis
    The New York Philharmonic, David Robertson, conductor
    Avery Fisher Hall, New York City
  • Heinrich Schutz
    D'orrida Selce Alpina, from Three Italian Madrigals
    The American Brass Quintet
    Aspen Music Festival, Aspen, Colorado
  • Antonio Vivaldi
    Concerto in F, Op. 8, No. 3, RV 293 (Autumn)
    Giuliano Carmignola, violin, the Venice Baroque Orchestra
  • Vartabed Komitas
    Harvest Song (from Armenian Folk Songs)
    Brooklyn Rider
    Maud Moon Weyerhaeuser Studio, St. Paul
  • Veljo Tormis
    It is Late Summer and Heather, from Autumn Landscapes
    The Holst Singers, Stephen Layton, director
  • Anonymous
    Miri it is While Sumer ilast
    Andreas Borregaard, accordion
    Witold Lutoslawski Concert Hall, Warsaw, Poland
  • Philip Glass
    First movement from String Quartet No. 3 (Mishima)
    The Modern Mandolin Quartet
  • Astor Piazzolla
    Otono Porteno (Autumn) from the Four Seasons of Buenos Aires
    The Carpe Diem String Quartet
    Alberta Bair Theatre, Billings, Montana
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