March 18, 2009
Music of the Spheres
The second hour of today's show features some especially heavenly music. We'll hear music inspired by the earth, the moon, and two of the planets - Mercury and Jupiter. And we'll finish with a performance by the Borealis Wind Quintet, named in honor of the aurora borealis - those ghostly, shimmery colored lights in the northern sky.
"Danse Paienne," Op. 158
Pianists Bengt Forsberg and Peter Jablonski
"Four, for Tango"
Violinists Steven Copes and Stefan Hersh, violist Virginia Barron, and cellist Bion Tsang
Colorado College Summer Music Festival, Colorado Springs, Colorado
Sonata for Cello and Piano, L. 153
Cellist Ralph Kirshbaum and pianist Peter Jablonski
The Frick Collection, New York City
"The Piano Puzzler"
This week's contestant is Doug Griggs from Georgetown, Kentucky.
The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra with conductor Mariss Jansons
Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
"Mercury, the Winged Messenger," from "The Planets"
The CSR Symphony Orchestra with conductor Adrian Leaper
"Now All the Earth Rests in Peace" ("Nu Vilar Hela Jorden")
Fitzgerald Theater, St. Paul, Minnesota
"Did You See the Moon Last Night?"
The Los Angeles Guitar Quartet
Kaul Auditorium, Portland, Oregon
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Symphony No. 41 in C, K. 551 ("Jupiter")
The Radio France Philharmonic with conductor Ton Koopman
Cite de la Musique, Paris, France
The Borealis Wind Quintet
Newport Music Festival, Newport, Rhode Island