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October 4, 2012

From the Sweet to the Sinister

In today's show, two stories of inspiration - one sweet, one sinister. Cellist Yo-Yo Ma appeared on Sesame Street in the late 1980s, expertly accompanied by a trio of honkers and dingers. Three-year-old Matthew Zalkind was watching, and fell in love with the cello right then and there. Now all grown up, he plays a Faure trio at Marlboro. And Igor Stravinsky's frightening run-in with a gang of Nazi thugs in 1932 fueled the dark emotions of his Symphony in Three Movements. We'll hear a performance by the New York Philharmonic.

Today's Playlist

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hour 1

  • Samuel Barber
    Canzone for Flute and Piano, Op. 38a
    Jeanne Baxtresser, flute, Israela Margalit, piano
  • Samuel Barber
    First Essay for Orchestra, Op. 12
    The New York Philharmonic, Alan Gilbert, conductor
    Avery Fisher Hall, New York City
  • Samuel Barber
    Dover Beach, Op. 3
    Nathaniel Webster, baritone, Elena Urioste and Benjamin Beilman, violins, Helene Clement, viola, Marcy Rosen, cello
    Marlboro Music Festival, Marlboro, Vermont
  • Claude Debussy
    The Girl with the Flaxen Hair, from Preludes, Book 1
    Christopher O'Riley, piano
  • Claude Debussy
    Children's Corner
    The Calefax Reed Quintet
    Falany Performing Arts Center, Waleska, Georgia
  • Antonio Vivaldi
    Bassoon Concerto No. 7 in A Minor, RV 497
    Christian Kunert, bassoon, the Potsdam Chamber Academy
    Movimentos Festival, Wolfsburg, Germany

hour 2

  • Igor Stravinsky
    Second movement from Concerto in E-flat (Dumbarton Oaks)
    The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Christopher Hogwood, conductor
  • Anonymous
    Basse Danse Jouissance Vous Donnerai (I will Give you Pleasure)
    The Toronto Consort, David Fallis, artistic director
    Town Hall, Seattle
  • Gabriel Faure
    Piano Trio in D Minor, Op. 120
    Gabriele Carcano, piano, Scott St. John, violin, Matthew Zalkind, cello
    Marlboro Music Festival, Marlboro, Vermont
  • Igor Stravinsky
    Symphony in Three Movements
    The New York Philharmonic, Alan Gilbert, conductor
    Avery Fisher Hall, New York City
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