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Bill Eddins

May 3, 2013

Performance Today for Friday, May 3, 2013

Conductor, pianist and candid commentator Bill Eddins joins host Fred Child in the studio to take listeners on a tour of his favorite pieces of classical music. He talks about the unappreciated humor in Beethoven's symphonies, the sly keyboard prowess of Alicia de Larrocha, and Eddins reveals what he calls "the sexiest piece of classical music ever written." Find out the answer and get the conductor's take on classical music on Friday's Performance Today.

Today's Playlist

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hour 1

  • Johann Sebastian Bach
    Goldberg Variations - Variation 11; Variation 20
    Trevor Pinnock, harpsichord
  • Ludwig van Beethoven
    Symphony No. 4 - Mvt. IV. Allegro ma non troppo
    New York Philharmonic; Leonard Bernstein, cond.
  • Maurice Ravel
    String Quartet - Mvt. II. Assez vif
    Emerson String Quartet
  • Enrique Granados
    Goyescas - III. Fandango by Candlelight
    Alicia de Larrocha, piano
  • Lili Boulanger
    Faust et Helene
    Ann Murray mezzo-soprano; Bonaventura Bottone tenor; Jason Howard bass; BBC Philharmonic; Yan Pascal Tortelier, cond.

hour 2

  • Edvard Grieg
    Peer Gynt, Suite No. 1, Op. 46 - Anitra's Dance
    Glass Duo
    Chopin Manor, Duszniki Zdroj, Poland
  • Ballake Sissoko
    Chamber Music
    Ballake Sissoko, kora; Vincent Segal, cello
    Lucas Theater for the Arts, Savannah, Georgia
  • Jean Sibelius
    Pelleas et Melisande, Op. 46 (Orchestral Version)
    Minnesota Orchestra Osmo Vanska, conductor
    Orchestra Hall, Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Camille Saint-Saens
    The Carnival of the Animals - VI. Kangaroos; VII. Aquarium; X. Aviary
    The London Sinfonietta; Charles Dutoit, conductor
  • Camille Saint-Saens
    Symphony No. 3 in c minor, op. 78 "Organ" - Mvt IV. Maestoso
    Adelaide Symphony Orchestra; Andrew Grams, conductor
    Town Hall, Adelaide, South Australia
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