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Downton Abbey

January 3, 2014

The music of 'Downton Abbey'

The fourth season of "Downton Abbey" begins this weekend, so on Friday's Performance Today we'll hear from Scottish composer John Lunn, who has written music for the series. And since "Downton Abbey" is set in early 20th century England, we'll sample some early 20th century English music as well.

Today's Playlist

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hour 1

  • Edward Elgar
    "Pomp and Circumstance", March No. 4
    Atlanta Symphony Orchestra; Donald Runnicles, conductor
    Telarc 80677
  • John Lunn
    Downton Abbey Main Theme
    Mary Preston, organ; Dallas Wind Symphony, Jerry Junkin, conductor
    Meyerson Symphony Center, Dallas, TX
  • Edward Elgar
    "Nimrod", from Enigma Variations
    Mary Preston, organ; Dallas Wind Symphony, Jerry Junkin, conductor
    Meyerson Symphony Center, Dallas, TX
  • Ralph Vaughan Williams
    Overture to The Wasps
    Mary Preston, organ; Dallas Wind Symphony, Jerry Junkin, Conductor
    Meyerson Symphony Center, Dallas, TX
  • Frank Bridge
    Quintet in D minor for Piano and Strings, H49A: 1. Adagio - allegro moderato; 3. allegro energico
    Anne-Marie McDermott, piano; Ida Kavafian, violin; Benny Kim, violin: Steven Tenenbom, viola; Peter Wiley, cello
    Music from Angel Fire, Angel Fire, Community Center, Angel Fire, NM
  • Jean-Marie Leclair
    Sonata for two violins in F Major, Op. 3 No. 4
    Jasmine Lin, violin; Wayne Lee, violin
    Levin Performance Studio - WFMT, Chicago, IL

hour 2

  • Johann Sebastian Bach
    Suite in E minor, BWV 996: 2. Allemande, 3. Courante
    Jason Vieaux, guitar
  • Ottorino Respighi
    Fountains of Rome, P. 106
    New York Philharmonic; Alan Gilbert, conductor
    Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, New York, NY
  • Johann Sebastian Bach
    Keyboard Partita No. 1 in B-flat Major, BWV 825
    Jan Lisiecki, piano
    Gilmore Rising Stars Recital Series, Wellspring Theater, Epic Center, Kalamazoo, MI
  • Richard Danielpour
    Inventions on a Marriage: 1. Mirror Image; 4. Argument; 5. Reconciliation; 7. Good Night
    Jaime Laredo, violin; Sharon Robinson, cello
    Virginia Arts Festival, American Theater, Hampton, VA
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