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Embarkation for Cythera

October 30, 2014

Island of Joy

The French artist Jean-Antoine Watteau painted an island where every romantic dream becomes a reality. Claude Debussy used Watteau's dreamland as inspiration for a piece called the Island of Joy. Pianist Marc-Andre Hamelin will take us there on Thursday's Performance Today.

Today's Playlist

hour 1

  • Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach (arr. Andres Segovia)
    Marcia; Siciliana
    Eliot Fisk, guitar
    MusicMasters 67174
  • Ofer Ben-Amots
    Intermezzo: Tango Dorfmann
    Mark Fewer, violin; Bion Tsang, cello; Susan Grace, piano
    The Colorado College Summer Music Festival, Packard Hall, Colorado College, Colorado Springs, CO
  • Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach
    Concerto for Fortepiano and Harpsichord in E-flat Major: 1. Allegro molto 2. Larghetto 3. Presto
    Robert Levin, harpsichord; Ya-Fei Chuang, fortepiano; Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra; Nicholas McGegan, conductor
    First Congregational Church, Berkeley, CA
  • William Bolcom
    Concerto Grosso for Saxophone Quartet and Band
    Donald Sinta Saxophone Quartet; Dallas Winds; Michael Haithcock, conductor
    Meyerson Symphony Center, Dallas, TX

hour 2

  • Louis Spohr
    Double Quartet No. 1 in D minor: 2. Scherzo: Vivace
    Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chamber Ensemble
    Spohr Double Quartets
    Hyperion 22014
  • William Lovelock
    Miniature Suite
    American Brass Quintet; John D. Rojak, conductor
    BPL Chamber Players Concert Series, Brooklyn Public Library, Brooklyn, NY
  • Louis Spohr
    Nonet in F Major, Op. 31
    Tara Helen O'Connor,Liang Wang, Ricardo Morales, Milan Turkovic, Philip Myers, Glenn Dicterow, Teng Li, Nicholas Canellakis, Marji Danilow
    Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, St. Francis Auditorium, New Mexico Museum of Art, Santa Fe, NM
  • Claude Debussy
    L'Isle joyeuse
    Marc-Andre Hamelin, piano
    92nd St Y, Theresa L. Kaufman Concert Hall, New York, NY
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