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Robin Ticciati

December 17, 2012

What Music Should Mean

Robin Ticciati is an up-and-coming young British conductor. When Ticciati was a teenager, he studied conducting with Sir Colin Davis. Ticciati remembers Davis guiding him through Edward Elgar's "Enigma Variations" during conducting lessons in Davis' garden. When they got to the gravely beautiful "Nimrod" variation, Davis stopped and said, "This is what music should mean to you." In today's show, Ticciati fills in for the ailing Colin Davis in a performance of, you guessed it, Elgar's "Enigma Variations," from a concert in London.

Today's Playlist

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hour 1

  • Traditional
    Lo! he Comes with Clouds Descending
    The Choir of Trinity College, Cambridge, Richard Marlow, director
  • Stephen Foster
    Slumber My Darling
    Alison Krauss, singer, Mark O'Connor, violin, Yo-Yo Ma, cello, Edgar Meyer, bass
  • Frederic Chopin
    Scherzo No. 1 in B Minor, Op. 20
    The Glass Duo
    International Chopin Piano Festival, Duszniki Zdroj, Poland
  • Edward Elgar
    Enigma Variations, Op. 36
    The London Symphony Orchestra, Robin Ticciati, conductor
    Barbican Hall, London, England

hour 2

  • Francois Couperin
    Excerpts from Pieces de Clavecin, Sixieme Ordre in B-flat
    Angela Hewitt, piano
    Spivey Hall, Morrow, Georgia
  • Traditional French (arranged by Abbe Pellegrin)
    O Come Divine Messiah
    The Benedictines of Mary, Queen of Apostles
    The Priory of Our Lady of Ephesus, Gower, Missouri
  • Traditional (arranged by Stephen Paulus)
    The Utah State University Chamber Singers, Rebecca Woodruff, harp, Cory Evans, director
    St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, Hyde Park, Utah
  • Traditional Spiritual (arranged by Rollo Dilworth)
    Sistah Mary
    Chicago a cappella
    Wentz Concert Hall, Naperville, Illinois
  • Samuel Barber
    Essay No. 2, Op. 17
    The French National Orchestra, Marin Alsop, conductor
    Theatre des Champs-Elysees, Paris, France
  • Traditional Scottish
    The Jolly Beggar
    The Boston Camerata, Joel Cohen, conductor
  • Appalachian Traditional (arranged by John Rutter)
    I Wonder as I Wander
    Seraphic Fire, Patrick Dupre Quigley, director
  • Traditional (arranged by Christopher Aspaas)
    Love and Joy Come to you Medley
    St. Olaf Combined Choirs, St. Olaf Orchestra, Christopher Aspaas, James Bobb, Sigrid Johnson, Anton Armstrong, and Steven Amundson, conductors
    St. Olaf Christmas Festival, Northfield, Minnesota
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