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Ralph Vaughan Williams

September 3, 2014

Musical celebrations of life and death

On Wednesday's Performance Today, we're highlighting musical celebrations of life and death. Hilary Hahn and the London Symphony play the Lark Ascending by Ralph Vaughan Williams, and the Boston Symphony Orchestra plays Henry Purcell's Funeral Music for Queen Mary, in concert at Carnegie Hall.

Today's Playlist



hour 1

  • Johann Sebastian Bach
    Sonata No. 3 in C major BWV 1005: 4. Allegro Assai
    Hilary Hahn, violin
    Hilary Hahn Plays Bach
    Sony Classical 62793
  • Poul Bjerager (arr. Danish String Quartet)
    Easter Sunday/ Rasmus Strom: Polsk
    Danish String Quartet: Rune Tongsaard Sorensen, violin; Frederik Oland, violin; As
    Wood Works
    Dacapo 226081
  • Traditional (arr. Nikolaj Busk)
    Sonderho Bridal Trilogy: Part III
    Danish String Quartet: Rune Tongsaard Sorensen, violin; Frederik Oland, violin; As
    Wood Works
    Dacapo 226081
  • The Piano Puzzler
    This week's contestant is Andrew Smith from El Paso, TX
  • Ralph Vaughan Williams
    The Lark Ascending
    Hilary Hahn, violin; London Symphony Orchestra; Sir Colin Davis, conductor
    Elgar: Violin Concerto
    Deutsche Grammophon 3026

hour 2

  • Henry Purcell
    The Fairy Queen, Prelude/Rondeau
    Red Priest: Piers Adams, recorders; Julia Bishop, violin; Angela East, cello; Howard Beach, harpsichord
    Nightmare in Venice, Red Priest
    Dorian 90305
  • Henry Purcell (arr. Steven Stucky)
    Funeral Music for Queen Mary
    Boston Symphony Orchestra; Bernard Haitink, conductor
    Carnegie Hall Live, Carnegie Hall, New York, NY
  • Richard Strauss (arr. Franz Hasenohrl)
    Till Eulenspiegel Einmal Anders!
    Czech Nonet
    Boise Chamber Music Series, Boise Chamber Music Society, BSU Department of Music, Morrison Center Recital Hall, Boise, ID
  • Igor Stravinsky
    Pulcinella Suite
    Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra; Alondra de la Parra, conductor
    Berwald Hall, Stockholm, Sweden
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