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Johannes Brahms

Weekend of January 19, 2013

Not Finished After All

Johannes Brahms thought he was at the end. He was 58, convinced he was not only done with composing, but maybe even done with living. He put down his pen, got his affairs in order, said his goodbyes, and waited. But life sometimes does funny things just when you think you have it all figured out. Brahms met an amazing clarinetist, heard him play, and decided maybe there was some music left in him after all. Turns out, it was some of the most sublime music he ever wrote. We'll hear one of Brahms' autumnal works, his clarinet trio, from a concert at the Spoleto Festival.

Today's Playlist

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hour 1

  • Dmitri Shostakovich
    Two Waltzes
    The Nash Ensemble
  • Anonymous
    Desperada, Dance
    Hesperion XXI
    Fontfroide Music and History Festival, Fontfroide, France
  • The Piano Puzzler
    This week's contestant is Glenn Kramer from San Diego
  • Johann Strauss, Jr.
    The Kaiser Waltz, Op. 437
    Festival Musicians
    Music@Menlo, Atherton, California
  • Maurice Ravel
    La Valse
    The Southwest German Radio Symphony Orchestra, Stephane Deneve, conductor
    Beethovensaal, Stuttgart, Germany

hour 2

  • Silvestre Revueltas
    Sensemaya
    The Sao Paulo Symphony Orchestra, Marin Alsop, conductor
    Concert Hall, Sao Paulo, Brazil
  • Celedonio Romero
    Fantasia Cubana
    Pepe Romero, guitar
    Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles
  • Carl Friedrich Abel
    Prelude, WKO 205, and Allegro, WKO 207
    Teodoro Bau, viola da gamba
    Mazovia Goes Baroque Festival, Warsaw, Poland
  • Silvestre Revueltas
    El Renacuajo Paseador (the Wandering Tadpole)
    The Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela, Maximiano Valdes, conductor
  • Johannes Brahms
    Trio in A Minor, Op. 114
    Todd Palmer, clarinet, Alisa Weilerstein, cello, Inon Barnatan, piano
    Spoleto Festival USA, Charleston, South Carolina
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