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Richard Wagner

December 27, 2013

Wagner's over-the-top operas

Richard Wagner's operas are so over-the-top, they're sometimes an inch away from being self-parodies. On Friday's Performance Today we'll hear the Cleveland Orchestra give a serious (and seriously great) performance of the Ride of the Valkyries, plus a bit of humor courtesy of Bugs Bunny and Elmer Fudd.

Today's Playlist

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hour 1

  • John Adams
    Two Fanfares for Orchestra: 1. Tromba Lontana
    San Francisco Symphony; Edo De Waart, conductor
    The John Adams Earbox
    Nonesuch 79453
  • Richard Wagner
    Die Walkure, Act III: Ride of the Valkyries
    The Cleveland Orchestra; Franz Welser-Most, conductor
    Severance Hall, Cleveland, OH
    Wagner: Wesendonck-Lieder Preludes & Overtures
    Deutsche Grammophon 4778773
  • Ludwig van Beethoven
    Violin Sonata No. 2 in A Major, Op. 12, No. 2
    Alina Ibragimova, violin; Cedric Tiberghien, piano
    Wigmore Hall, London, England
    Beethoven Violin Sonatas 2
    Wigmore Hall Live 41
  • Charles Ives
    Symphony No. 2: 4. Lento, 5. Allegro molto vivace
    New York Philharmonic; Alan Gilbert, conductor
    Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, New York, NY
  • Charles Ives (orch. Henry Brant)
    A Concord Symphony: 3. The Alcotts
    San Francisco Symphony; Michael Tilson Thomas, conductor
    Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco, CA

hour 2

  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    La Clemenza di Tito, Overture
    The Orchestra of the Royal Opera House; Nicholas McGegan, conductor
    The Mozart Experience
    Conifer 55031
  • Percy Grainger
    English Morris Dance, "Shepherd's Hey"
    United States Marine Band; Major Jason K. Fettig, conductor
    Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts, Northern Virginia Community College, Alexandria, VA
  • Ralph Vaughan Williams
    The Turtle Dove
    Choir of Clare College; Tim Brown, director
    Chapel of St. Thomas Aquinas, University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Symphony No. 36 in C Major, K. 425
    Academy Festival Orchestra; Nicholas McGegan, conductor
    Music Academy of the West, Lobero Theatre, Santa Barbara, CA
  • Jacques Ibert
    Hommage a Mozart
    Music Academy of the West, Nicholas McGegan, conductor
    Lobero Theatre, Santa Barbara, CA
  • Brad Richter
    Starry Night on the Beach (with Federales)
    Brad Richter, guitar
    Enid Arts and Humanities Council, Enid, OK
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