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Igor Stravinsky

May 29, 2013

Performance Today for Wednesday, May 29, 2013

It was an unusually hot day in Paris: May 29th, 1913. But the heat of the late-day sun was nothing compared to the inferno generated by that day's performance at the city's big ballet company. It was an event that would change music forever: the premiere of Igor Stravinsky's ballet, the Rite of Spring. To mark the 100th anniversary of that famous and infamous premiere, music writer Alex Ross tells the story of that musical riot. And we'll go to Dallas to hear Jaap van Zweden lead a concert performance by the Dallas Symphony, on Wednesday's Performance Today.

Today's Playlist

Performance Today audio is available for seven days following broadcast.

hour 1

  • Richard Strauss
    "Potpourri" from Die schweigsame Frau
    Bamberg Symphony Orchestra; Karl Anton Rickenbacher, conductor
  • Joel Corelitz
    The Unfinished Swan Theme
  • Richard Strauss
    Divertimento. Op. 86 - III. Le Tic-Toc-Choc, VI. Les Tours de passe-passe, VII. Les ombres errantes, VIII. Les Brimborions
    Orpheus Chamber Orchestra
  • Joel Corelitz
    Palace Minuet from The Unfinished Swan
  • Stephen Foster
    Beautiful Dreamer
    Thomas Hampson, baritone; Jay Ungar, violin; Molly Mason, guitar David Alpher, piano
  • Garry Schyman
    Lighter than Air from BioShock Infinite
  • Garry Schyman
    Elizabeth from BioShock Infinite
  • Charles Ives
    Old Home Days Suite
    The President's Own United States Marine Band; Colonel Timothy Foley, director
  • John Barry
    Dances with Wolves
    London Symphony Orchestra; John Williams, conductor
  • Jeremy Soule
    Call of the Raven from Guild Wars 2
  • Ralph Vaughan Williams
    Fantasia on Greensleeves
    Academy of St. Martin in the Fields; Sir Neville Marriner, conductor

hour 2

  • Enrique Granados
    Four Pieces from Goyescas: Los majos enamorados (Goyescas: The Majos in Love), Op. 11 - 4. El pelele (The Straw Man)
    Garrick Ohlsson, piano
    Irving S. Gilmore International Keyboard Festival; Chenery Auditorium, Kalamazoo, MI
  • Edward Elgar
    Sospiri, for String Orchestra, Op. 70
    Australian Chamber Orchestra; Richard Tognetti, violin and leader
    DeBartolo Performing Arts Center, Leighton Concert Hall, University of Notre Dame, South Bend, IN
  • Claude Debussy
    Preludes, Book II, No. 7: La terrasse des audiences du clair de lune (the Terrace of Moonlit Audiences)
    Andrew Staupe, piano
    Maud Moon Weyerhaeuser Studio, St Paul, MN
  • Igor Stravinsky
    The Rite of Spring
    Dallas Symphony Orchestra. Jaap van Zweden, conductor
    Meyerson Symphony Center, Dallas, TX
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