December 18, 2009
Haydn the Prankster
There's some debate about whether to clap between movements or not. But everyone agrees you should applaud at the end of a piece of music. Trouble is, how do you know when it's over? Haydn put several false endings into his Symphony Number 90, just to fool us. We'll hear a London audience fall for the joke in a performance by the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment.
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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
"A Musical Joke"
Johann Sebastian Bach (Arranged by Max Reger)
Two Bourrees in A Minor, BWV 807, from Reger's Suite for Orchestra in G Minor
The River Oaks Chamber Orchestra, Alastair Willis, conductor
Church of St. John the Divine, Houston
"Makam Uzal Sakil 'Turna'"
Misteria Paschalia Festival, Krakow, Poland
Symphony No. 90 in C
The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment with conductor Edward Gardner
Queen Elizabeth Hall, London, England
The Seattle Baroque Orchestra with conductor and fiddler David Greenberg
Benaroya Hall, Seattle
The New England Conservatory Chorus and Orchestra with conductor Theodore Bikel
Jordan Hall, Boston
Polonaise from "Eugene Onegin," Op. 24
The Cleveland Orchestra with conductor Christoph von Dohnanyi
"From Heaven Above"
The Oslo Philharmonic Chorus and Orchestra with conductor Peter Szilvay
Concert Hall, Oslo, Norway
"November" and "December," from "The Seasons," Op. 37
Pianist Adam Neiman
Seattle Chamber Music Society Summer Festival, Seattle
Excerpts from "Messiah"
The Oregon Bach Festival Chorus and Orchestra with conductor Helmuth Rilling
Oregon Bach Festival, Eugene, Oregon
Polonaise Brillante, Op. 4
Violinist Danielle Belen Nesmith and pianist Katherine Collier
Strings Music Festival, Steamboat Springs, Colorado
Johann Strauss, Jr.
Emperor Waltz, Op. 437
The Cleveland Orchestra with conductor Franz Welser-Most
Severance Hall, Cleveland