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Kevin Puts

January 11, 2013

Inspiring Beethoven

How often have you listened to a piece of music and thought, "What on earth was the composer thinking when he/she wrote that?" Usually that reaction is reserved for something we don't like. But American composer Kevin Puts took on the question in a serious, thoughtful way. He started with the first movement of Beethoven's Seventh Symphony, and wondered what inspired him to write it. The result is an engaging new piece, "Inspiring Beethoven." We'll hear it from a concert in North Carolina.

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hour 1

  • Robert Schumann
    Third movement from Symphony No. 3 in E flat, Op. 97 (Rhenish)
    The Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Riccardo Chailly, conductor
  • Enrique Granados
    The Straw Man, from Goyescas: The Gallants in Love, Op. 11
    Garrick Ohlsson, piano
    Gilmore International Keyboard Festival, Kalamazoo, Michigan
  • Gaetano Donizetti
    Ah! Mes Amis, from La Fille du Regiment (Daughter of the Regiment)
    Juan Diego Florez, tenor, Vincenzo Scalera, piano
    Gran Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona, Spain
  • Vincenzo Ciampi
    Tre giorni son che Nina, from Gli Tre Cicisbei Ridicoli
    Juan Diego Florez, tenor, Vincenzo Scalera, piano
    Gran Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona, Spain
  • Robert Schumann
    Symphony No. 4 in D Minor, Op. 120
    The Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra, Michel Tabachnik, conductor
    Lucerne Summer Festival, Lucerne, Switzerland

hour 2

  • Kevin Puts
    Inspiring Beethoven
    The Winston-Salem Symphony, Robert Moody, conductor
    Stevens Center, Winston-Salem, North Carolina
  • Domenico Scarlatti
    Sonata in G Minor
    Ana Belen Tejedor, mandolin, Yiannis Sofos, guitar
    GRERT Radio, Athens, Greece
  • Edvard Grieg
    Anitra's Dance, from Peer Gynt Suite No. 1, Op. 46
    The Glass Duo
    International Chopin Piano Festival, Duszniki Zdroj, Poland
  • Bolette Roed
    Improvisation on Ecossaise
    Bolette Roed, recorder, David Hildebrandt, percussion
    Music in Paradise Festival, Paradyz, Poland
  • Maurice Ravel
    Epilogue from Valses Nobles et Sentimentales (Noble and Sentimental Waltzes)
    The Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, Yannick Nezet-Seguin, conductor
  • Maurice Ravel
    Le Tombeau de Couperin
    The Netherlands Radio Chamber Philharmonic, Philippe Herreweghe, conductor
    The Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
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