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June 5, 2013

Performance Today for Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Music was a part of movies since before they even had sound. During the silent film era, pianists or organists would play along in the theater. From the 1930s on, Hollywood has known the value of music in supporting, and even sometimes creating a sense of emotion and drama. On Wednesday's Performance Today we'll sample powerful music from the movies. A symphony by Mozart that helped to create just the right sense of dread in the 1984 film 'Amadeus.' Music by Grieg, artfully adapted for the 2010 film 'The Social Network.' And Joshua Bell joins Fred Child to talk about a 21st-century violin concerto based on music John Corigliano wrote for the 1993 film 'The Red Violin.'

Today's Playlist

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hour 1

  • Franz Liszt
    Consolation No. 3
    Van Cliburn, piano
    Album: A Romantic Collection, RCA 60414
  • Claude Debussy
    Fei-Fei Dong, piano
    Van Cliburn International Piano Competition 2013; Bass Hall, Fort Worth, Texas
  • Peter Tchaikovsky
    June Barcarolle, from Le saisons, Op. 37b
    Van Cliburn, piano
    Album: Great Pianists of the 20th Century, Philips 456748
  • Sergei Prokofiev
    Visions fugitive - X. Ridicolosamente
    John Lill, piano
    Album: Prokofiev: The Piano Sonatas Vol. 1, ASV 753
  • Piano Puzzler: Peter Sagal from Chicago, IL
  • Joseph Haydn
    Symphony No. 63 in C, Hob. I: 63 'La Roxelane' - II. Giardino Armonico
    Giovanni Antonini, conductor
    Union Hall, Maribor, Slovenia

hour 2

  • Johnny Greenwood
    Prospectors' Quartet from 'There Will Be Blood' soundtrack
    Emperor Quartet
    Album: 'There Will Be Blood' Soundtrack, Nonesuch 369020-2
  • Patrick Doyle
    "What Players are They" from 'Hamlet'
    Studio Orchestra; Robert Ziegler, conductor
  • John Corigliano
    Concerto for "The Red Violin" (World Premiere Recording) - III. Andante Flautando; IV. Accelerando Finale
    Joshua Bell, violin; Baltimore Symphony Orchestra; Marin Alsop, cond.
  • Edvard Grieg
    Peer Gynt Suite No. 1 Op. 46 - 3. Anitra's Dance; 4. In the Hall of the Mountain King
    Berlin Philharmonic; Herbert von Karajan, conductor
    Album: Grieg - Peer Gynt Suites 1 & 2, DG 410 026-2
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Symphony No. 25 in g minor, K. 183
    Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra; Hans Graf, conductor
    Ordway Center for the Performing Arts, St Paul, MN
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