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April 10, 2014

Video game music

On Thursday's Performance Today, Emily Reese of Top Score joins Fred in the studio to discuss the classical roots of modern video game music.

Today's Playlist

Performance Today audio is available for seven days following broadcast.

hour 1

  • Gioachino Rossini (arr. Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco)
    The Barber of Seville, paraphrase on "Largo al factotum"
    Gil Shaham, violin; Akira Eguchi, piano
    The Fiddler of the Opera
    DG 447 640
  • Gioachino Rossini
    Overture to 'La Gazza Ladra'
    Nashville Symphony; Leonard Slatkin, conductor
    Laura Turner Concert Hall, Schermerhorn Symphony Center, Nashville, TN
  • Gioachino Rossini
    String Sonata No. 3 in C Major
    Jonathan Crow, violin; Rachel Barton Pine, violin; Denis Brott, cello; James VanDemark, double bass
    Montreal Chamber Music Festival, St. James United Church, Montreal, Canada
  • Joseph Haydn
    Symphony No. 24 in D Major, Hob. I:24
    Gretchen Pusch, flute; Windham Chamber Music Festival; Robert Manno, conductor
    Windham Civic and Performing Arts Center, Windham, NY

hour 2

  • Igor Stravinsky
    Scherzo a la russe
    Russian National Orchestra; Mikhail Pletnev, conductor
    Stravinsky Symphony in E-flat, The Firebird
    Deutsche Grammophon 453434
  • Gustav Grefberg
    Brothers: Tale of Two Sons: Main Theme; Winged Hope
    Emma Sunbring, vocals (kulning); Christopher Ohman, viola
    Starbreeze Studios, Stockholm, Sweden
    Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons Soundtrack
    Overkill Soundtracks
  • Edvard Grieg
    Two Nordic Melodies, Op. 63: 1. I folkstonestil (In Folk Style)
    Trondheim Soloists; Geir Inge Lotsberg, concertmaster; Oyvind Gimse, artistic/musical director
    In Folk Style
    2L 68
  • Igor Stravinsky
    Le Sacre du printemps (The Rite of Spring): Introduction and Augers of Spring
    New York Philharmonic; Alan Gilbert, conductor
    Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, New York, NY
  • Peter McConnell
    Broken Age: Battle at Shellmound
    The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra; Brett Kelly, conductor
    ABC Studios, Melbourne, Australia
    Broken Age Soundtrack
  • Christophe Heral and Billy Martin
    Rayman Legends: Mysterious Swamps; Enchanted Forest
    Rayman Legends Soundtrack
    Ubisoft Music
  • Spencer Nilsen (arr. Dren McDonald)
    Ecco The Dolphin: Echoes of Ecco
    String Arcade: Alisa Rose, violin; Celia Harris, violin; Emily Onderdonk, viola; Robin Reynolds, cello
    The String Arcade
  • Nobuo Uematsu (arr. David Peacock)
    Final Fantasy VII Suite
    Videri String Quartet: Pamela Cumming, violin; Aubrey Holmes, violin; Roselie Samter; viola; Brent Austin, cello
    Joypad Records, San Francisco, CA
    Portals
  • Koji Kondo
    Super Mario Bros. Theme
    Videri String Quartet: Pamela Cumming, violin; Aubrey Holmes, violin; Roselie Samter; viola; Brent Austin, cello
    Joypad Records, San Francisco, CA
    Portals
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