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Xavier Foley

February 27, 2014

The 2014 Sphinx competition

The 2014 Sphinx Competition took place last week in Detroit. On Thursday's Performance Today we'll hear the winning performance, plus we'll speak with the winner of this year's competition: 19-year-old bass soloist Xavier Foley.

Today's Playlist

Performance Today audio is available for thirty days following broadcast.

hour 1

  • Peter Tchaikovsky
    June: Barcarolle
    Van Cliburn, piano
    The World's Favorite Piano Music
    RCA 60973
  • Brad Richter
    City Song
    Brad Richter, guitar
    Abounding Grace Sanctuary, Tucson, AZ
  • Franz Liszt
    Transcendental Etudes, S. 139: No.11: Harmonies du soir
    Vadym Kholodenko, piano
    Van Cliburn Competition, Bass Performance Hall, Forth Worth, TX
  • Edward MacDowell
    Woodland Sketches, Op. 51: 1. To a Wild Rose
    Van Cliburn, piano
    Schumann and MacDowell Piano Concertos
    RCA 60420
  • Peteris Vasks
    Distant Light
    Alina Pogostkina, violin; Los Angeles Philharmonic; Gustavo Dudamel, conductor
    Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles, CA

hour 2

  • Felix Mendelssohn
    Songs Without Words Op. 19: No. 2 in a minor, Andante espressivo; No. 3 in A Major, "Hunting Song" Molto Allegro e viva
    Daniel Barenboim, piano
    Mendelssohn: Songs Without Words / Daniel Barenboim
    DG 453061
  • Giovanni Bottesini
    Concerto No. 2 for Double Bass
    Xavier Foley, double bass; Sphinx Symphony Orchestra; Brandon Keith Brown, conductor
    Sphinx Competition, Orchestra Hall, Detroit, MI
  • Felix Mendelssohn
    Sinfonia No. 7 in d minor: 1. Allegro; 4. Allegro molto
    Sphinx Virtuosi; Damon Gupton, conductor Staples Family Concert Hall, Central
    Michigan University, Mount Pleasant, MI
  • Jan Zelenka
    Trio Sonata No. 3 in B-flat Major, ZWV 181
    Jennifer Frautschi, violin; James Austin Smith, oboe; Peter Kolkay, bassoon; Anthony Manzo, double bass; Pedja Muzijevic, harpsichord
    Spoleto Festival, Dock Street Theater, Charleston, SC
  • Howard Hanson
    Elegy for Serge Koussevitsky
    BBC National Orchestra of Wales; Carlos Kalmar, conductor
    BBC Hoddinott Hall, Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff, Wales, UK
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