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Jean Sibelius

September 27, 2013

Admiring a Musical Butterfly

Finnish composer Jean Sibelius once wrote, "Compositions are like butterflies. Touch them even once, and the dust of color is gone. They can still fly, but are nowhere near as beautiful." That is, let your ears and your gut be your guide, not your analytical mind. We'll admire a musical butterfly this hour: the Symphony No. 7, by Sibelius. Also on the way, a world-premiere performance of chamber music inspired by ephemeral sculptures of Andrew Goldsworthy. On Friday's Performance Today, from APM.

Today's Playlist

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hour 1

  • Jean Sibelius
    III. Scherzo from Symphony No. 1 in E minor
    Lahti Symphony Orchestra; Osmo Vanska, conductor
    Sibelius: The Complete Symphonies
    BIS 1286
  • Johannes Brahms
    Scherzo in C minor, fr. "F-A-E" (Frei aber einsam) Sonata
    Leila Josefowicz, violin; Tamara Stefanovich, piano
    The Schubert Club, Ordway Center for the Performing Arts, St. Paul, Minnesota
  • Jonathan Pontier
    Artefaxxxx (2005)
    Calefax Reed Quintet: Oliver Boekhoorn, oboe; Ivar Berix, clarinet; Raaf Hekkema, saxophone; Jelte Althuis, bass clarinet; Alban Wesly, bassoon
    Falany Performing Arts Center of Reinhardt University, Waleska, Georgia, USA
  • Jean Sibelius
    Symphony No. 7 in C Major, Op. 105
    Minnesota Orchestra; Osmo Vanska, conductor
    Orchestra Hall, Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Jean Sibelius
    Valse Triste, from Kuolema, Op. 44 (encore)
    Minnesota Orchestra; Osmo Vanska, conductor

hour 2

  • Robert Schumann
    Piano Quintet in E-flat Major, Op. 44; III. Scherzo (Molto vivace)
    Beaux Arts Trio (Menahem Pressler, pno; Isidore Cohen, violin; Bernard Greenhouse, violoncello); with Samuel Rhodes, Viola; Dolf Bettelheim, violin
    Schumann, Beaux Arts Trio
    Philips 420791
  • Ellis Schuman
    Mouvement Classique
    Courtney Hershey Bress, harp
    Strings Music Festival Pavillion; Steamboat Springs, Colorado
  • Robert Schumann
    Carnaval, scenes mignonnes sur quatre notes, Op. 9
    Kirill Gerstein, piano
    Aspen Music Festival; Harris Concert Hall, Aspen, Colorado
  • Steven Stucky
    Rain Shadow (quartet for piano and strings) world premiere 1. Rain Shadow 3. Icicle Star 4. Yellow and Red
    Anne-Marie McDermott, piano; Ida Kavafian, violin; Steven Tenenbom, viola; Peter Wiley, cello
    Music from Angel Fire; Angel Fire Community Center, Angel Fire, New Mexico
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