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Weekend of January 12, 2013

The Riot of Spring

To many in the audience sitting in the Champs-Elysees Theater in Paris, what unfolded before them was ghastly, unthinkable, an affront to the senses. Like finding that someone laced your ice cream with jalapeno peppers. Noses wrinkled, ears prickled, and eventually, fists started flying. It was the premiere of the most revolutionary piece of music of the 20th century, Igor Stravinsky's "Rite of Spring." This year marks the centennial of the ballet. We'll revisit that day in Paris 100 years ago, and the riot that ensued. And we'll hear a peaceful performance from New York City.

Today's Playlist

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hour 1

  • Felix Mendelssohn
    Third movement from Piano Concerto No. 3 in E Minor
    Roberto Prosseda, piano, the Liepzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Riccardo Chailly, conductor
  • Alan Hovhaness
    Mystic Flute
    Sahan Arzruni, piano
    First Congregational Church of Berkeley, Berkeley, California
  • Johann Sebastian Bach
    Badinerie from Suite No. 2 in B Minor, BWV 1067
    Emmanuel Pahud, flute, the Potsdam Chamber Academy, Antonello Manacorda, conductor
    Nikolai Hall, Potsdam, Germany
  • The Piano Puzzler
    This week's contestant is Tim Kellogg from Citrus Heights, California
  • Felix Mendelssohn
    Violin Concerto in E Minor, Op. 64
    Augustin Hadelich, violin, the German Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, Karel Mark Chichon, conductor
    Congress Hall, Saarbrucken, Germany

hour 2

  • John Dowland
    Sir John Souch His Galliard and the King of Denmark Galliard
    Hesperion XXI
    Fontfroide Music and History Festival, Fontfroide, France
  • Hermannus Contractus
    Salve Regina
    David James, countertenor
  • Igor Stravinsky
    Le Sacre du Printemps (the Rite of Spring)
    The New York Philharmonic, Alan Gilbert, conductor
    Avery Fisher Hall, New York City
  • Benjamin Britten
    Moonlight, from Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes
    The Virginia Symphony, JoAnn Falletta, conductor
  • Giuseppe Verdi
    La Donna e Mobile, from Rigoletto
    Juan Diego Florez, tenor, Vincenzo Scalera, piano
    Gran Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona, Spain
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