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Valery Gergiev

January 30, 2013

The Hardest-Working Man in Show Biz

There are workaholics, and then there's Valery Gergiev. Gergiev maintains an almost break-neck pace of conducting engagements all over the world, rarely taking a day off. One interviewer recently asked him why he works so hard. Gergiev replied, "At some point, I think, it's difficult to stop." In today's show, the man who doesn't know the meaning of down time leads the London Symphony in Brahms' Haydn Variations, from a concert last month in London.

Today's Playlist

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hour 1

  • Vasily Sergeyevich Kalinnikov
    Intermezzo No. 2 in G, for Orchestra
    The London Symphony Orchestra, Neeme Jarvi, conductor
  • Johann Strauss, Jr.
    Auf der Jagd (On the Hunt), Polka, Op. 373
    The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Manfred Honeck, conductor
    Fernand Lindsay Amphitheatre, Joliette, Quebec
  • Gustav Mahler
    Piano Quartet in A Minor
    Lily Maisky, piano, Sasha Maisky, violin, Lyda Chen, viola, Mischa Maisky, cello
    Martha Argerich Project, Lugano, Switzerland
  • The Piano Puzzler
    This week's contestant is Dan Larkin from Windsor, California
  • Johannes Brahms
    Variations on a Theme by Haydn, Op. 56a
    The London Symphony Orchestra, Valery Gergiev, conductor
    Barbican Hall, London, England

hour 2

  • Agustin Barrios
    Julia Florida
    Jordan Dodson, guitar
    Maud Moon Weyerhaeuser Studio, St. Paul
  • Leo Brouwer
    Guitar Sonata
    Jordan Dodson, guitar
    Maud Moon Weyerhaeuser Studio, St. Paul
  • PT Young Artist-in-Residence
    Jordan Dodson, guitar
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Rondo in C for Violin and Orchestra, K. 373
    Arabella Steinbacher, violin, the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra
    Carnegie Hall, New York City
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    First movement from Piano Sonata No. 16 in C, K. 545
    Marc-Andre Hamelin, piano
    Schwetzingen Festival, Schwetzingen, Germany
  • George Frideric Handel
    Angels Ever Bright and Fair, from Theodora, HWV 68
    Lorraine Hunt Lieberson, mezzo-soprano, the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, Nicholas McGegan, conductor
  • George Frideric Handel
    Prelude and Hornpipe, from Water Music Suite No. 1 in D, HWV 349
    Festival Musicians, Nicholas McGegan, conductor and harpsichord
    Aspen Music Festival, Aspen, Colorado
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