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Mel Blanc

May 30, 2013

Performance Today for Thursday, May 30, 2013

The great voice-over actor, Mel Blanc, was born on this day, May 30th, in 1908. He created voices for Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Elmer Fudd, Porky Pig, Foghorn Leghorn, Pepe Le Pew, and so many memorable characters in Warner Brothers cartoons. We'll celebrate Mel Blanc's birthday with a few excerpts from classic cartoons, and highlight the classical music they so often featured.

Today's Playlist

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hour 1

  • Charles Gounod
    Funeral March of a Marionette
    BBC Philharmonic Orchestra; Yan Pascal Tortelier
  • Franz von Suppe
    Morning, Noon, and Night in Vienna
    Vienna Philharmonic; John Eliot Gardiner, conductor
  • Gioacchino Rossini
    William Tell: Overture
    New York Philharmonic; Leonard Bernstein, conductor
  • Gioacchino Rossini
    Barber of Seville: Overture
    Academy of St Martin in the Fields; Neville Marriner, conductor
  • Franz Schubert
    Symphony No. 8 in b minor - Mvt. I Allegro moderato
    Cleveland Orchestra; Christoph von Dohnanyi, conductor
  • Franz Liszt
    Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2
    Lang Lang, piano

hour 2

  • Joseph Haydn
    Piano Sonata in e minor, Hob. XVI/34
    Marc-Andre Hamelin, piano
    Live from WFMT - Levin Performance Studio, Chicago, IL
  • William Byrd
    In nomine
    Piffaro Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia
  • John Dowland
    Come again! Sweet love doth now invite (arr. Patrick Russ)
    Kathleen Battle, soprano; Christopher Parkening, guitar
  • John Dowland
    Four Galliards
    Nigel North, lute
    Sundin Hall - Hamline University
  • Max Reger
    Four Tone Poems after Arnold Bocklin, Op. 128, IV. Bacchanale
    Buffalo Philharmonic; JoAnn Falletta, conductor
  • Franz Schreker
    Prelude to a Drama
    Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra; JoAnn Falletta, conductor
    Kleinhans Music Hall; Buffalo, NY
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