Weekend of June 2, 2012
The legend of the firebird comes down to us from many different cultures. The details differ, but the essence of the story is the same. This magical bird is immortal, dying in fire and being reborn in the ashes of its former self. In 1910, the then-unknown Igor Stravinsky ensured his own immortality, writing music for the new ballet, "The Firebird." Today we'll hear a performance by the Cincinnati Symphony.
Performance Today audio is available for seven days following broadcast.
Scherzo a la Russe
The Russian National Orchestra, Mikhail Pletnev, conductor
Excerpts from La Francoise, from the Nations
Capucine Church, Fribourg, Switzerland
The Piano Puzzler
This week's contestant is Carl Glick from Chicago
Suite from the Firebird
The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Julian Kuerti, conductor
Cincinnati Music Hall, Cincinnati
Third movement from Cello Sonata No. 2 in D, Op. 58
Antonio Meneses, cello, Gerard Wyss, piano
Johann Sebastian Bach (Arranged by Johannes Brahms)
Chaconne from Solo Violin Partita No. 2, BWV 1004
Leon Fleisher, piano
Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.
String Quintet No. 2 in B-flat, Op. 87
Benny Kim and Lorenza Borrani, violins, Philip Dukes and Carla Maria Rodrigues, violas, Keith Robinson, cello
Savannah Music Festival, Savannah, Georgia