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Starry Night

February 4, 2013

A Little Night Music

The nighttime has so many different moods, from passion to loneliness to the delicious tiredness you feel at the end of a long day. Whatever your favorite picture of the darkness, join us for today's show. We'll hear a thunderous performance of Sergei Rachmaninoff's "Variations on a Theme by Paganini," featuring pianist Stephen Hough, the quiet watchfulness of Dvorak's "Silent Woods" for cello and orchestra, and the warm and gentle embrace of "Nights in Bohemia," by Antonio de los Rios.

Today's Playlist

Performance Today audio is available for seven days following broadcast.

hour 1

  • Stephen Hough
    On Falla
    Stephen Hough, piano
  • Vasily Soloviev-Sedoi
    Moscow Nights
    Stephen Hough, piano
    Music Centre, Helsinki, Finland
  • Sergei Rachmaninoff
    Rhapsody on a Theme by Paganini, Op. 43
    Stephen Hough, piano, the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Osmo Vanska, conductor
    Music Centre, Helsinki, Finland
  • Antonin Dvorak
    Klid (Silent Woods), for Cello and Orchestra
    David Heiss, cello, the Windham Festival Chamber Orchestra, Robert Manno, conductor
    Windham Chamber Music Festival, Windham, New York
  • Antonio de los Rios
    Nights in Bohemia
    The Zamfirescu Guitar Trio
    Mihail Jora Concert Hall, Bucharest, Romania
  • Henry VIII
    Taunder Naken
    The Flanders Recorder Quartet
    St. Mary's Cathedral, St. Cloud, Minnesota
  • John Dowland
    Lachrimae Antiquae
    Hesperion XXI
    Fontfroide Music and History Festival, Fontfroide, France
  • John Playford
    Whitehall, from the Dancing Master
    Seven Times Salt
    Fraser Performance Studio, Boston

hour 2

  • Maurice Ravel
    Oiseaux Tristes (Sad Birds), from Miroirs
    Jean-Yves Thibaudet, piano
  • Heitor Villa-Lobos
    Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5 for Soprano and Cello Ensemble
    Mela Dailey, soprano, the Longhorn Cellos, Peter Bay, conductor
    Bates Recital Hall, Austin, Texas
  • Jean-Baptiste Arban
    Carnival of Venice, Theme and Variations
    Roger Webster, cornet, the Brass Band of Battle Creek, James Gourlay, conductor
    W.K. Kellogg Auditorium, Battle Creek, Michigan
  • Maurice Ravel
    String Quartet in F
    Accordo
    Christ Church Lutheran, Minneapolis
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