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Carl Maria von Weber

April 26, 2013

Performance Today for Friday, April 26, 2013

Musicians are often compared to athletes, but we usually don't have the numbers to do the analysis. On Friday's Performance Today, we'll quantify some speed: 72 notes played on a clarinet in seven seconds. That averages more than 10 notes per second. And in case you thought this is all sprint and no endurance, that pace continues for an entire page of music. Tune in for Carl Maria von Weber's lightning fast Clarinet Quintet with clarinetist David Shifrin giving Usain Bolt a run for his money.

Today's Playlist

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hour 1

  • Antonin Dvorak
    Serenade, Op. 44 - Mvt I. Moderato, quasi Marcia
    Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center; David Shifrin, artistic director
  • Georg Philipp Telemann
    Overture in E Minor from Tafelmusik, Production 1, TWV 55:e1
    Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment; Rachel Podger, director and violin
  • Anatol Liadov
    Kikimora, Op. 63
    North German Radio Symphony Orchestra; Constantinos Carydis, cond.
    Laeiszhalle, Hamburg, Germany
  • Carl Maria von Weber
    Quintet in B flat Major for Clarinet, Two Violins, Viola, and Cello, Op. 34
    Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center
    Alice Tully Hall, Starr Theater, New York City, NY

hour 2

  • Bela Bartok
    Rumanian Folk Dances
    JoAnn Falletta, guitar; Debra Wendells Cross, flute; Robert Alemany, clarinet
  • Francis Poulenc
    Sextet, FP 100
    Tara Helen O'Connor, flute; James Austin Smith, oboe; Todd Palmer, clarinet; Peter Kolkay, bassoon; Eric Ruske, French horn; Inon Barnatan, piano
  • Paul Hindemith
    String Quartet No. 4, Op. 22 III. Stets fliesend. Ruhge Viertel
    Calidore String Quartet
    Ted Mann Concert Hall, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
  • Robert Sierra
    Celil Refik Kaya, guitar; Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra; JoAnn Falletta, conductor
    Kleinhans Music Hall, Buffalo, NY
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