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Tchaikovsky, inspiration

Listeners from England and Rochester guessed (correctly) Thursday's mystery piece.  At 6:40 a.m. we heard a waltz from a ballet composed in 1875 as a commission for the Russian Imperial Theatres in Moscow: Valse intrada I from Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake. It was unsuccessful after its first year of performance.

Wednesday Mystery piece

Congratulations to Susan in Alfred and Bob listening in Rochester.  They identified Wednesday’s mystery piece, a suite of waltzes by one of the most remarkable composers of the 20th century.  He “ran the gamut of styles without losing his own,” writes cellist David Moore

Tuesday's mystery piece

Robert SchumannRobert SchumannToday we heard Johnathan Biss playing a selection from Robert Schumann’s Papillons (Butterflies).   He "made himself a new ideal world in which he moved almost as he wills," according to one contemporary critic.  Musicians are celebratin

John Reid and his son Thomas

John Reid was born in Christchurch, New Zealand, and has lived and worked all over the world. His son Thomas was born in Bangkok, and spent his early years in Bagladesh. Both men now live in New York State. When the StoryCorps Mobile Recording Booth came to Rochester last summer, Thomas took the opportunity to ask his father some very personal questions.

Monday's mystery

Georges BizetGeorges BizetWhat does Walter Matthau have to do with opera?

 

Monday's mystery piece. Carmen Suite No. 2 comes from an enticing opera written by Georges Bizet, a French composer born in 1838.

 

Friday's Mystery piece

Mozart, sort ofMozart, sort of  Congratulations to Bob and Kristi who both guessed today's mystery piece, the Overture to The Magic Flute by Wolfgang Mozart.  We heard the English Chamber Orchestra conducted by Leopold Hager. (Novalis 150041.)  Monday's mystery involves The Bad News Bears.

Thursday's mystery piece

Rimsky-KorsakovRimsky-KorsakovToday’s mystery piece: Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Procession of the Nobles” from Mlada. It’s a short work by a Russian composer with sailing experience.  His family pushed him to serve in the Navy, so he enlisted.

The Gamelan Lila Muni from the Eastman School of Music

Ellen Koskoff and Gamelan Lila Muni members Emerick and Jordan chat about and perform Balinese music with WXXI's Chris Van Hof.  Gamelan Lila Muni was the first group to perform on the 2010 Hochstein at High Falls concert series in downtown Rochester, NY.  WXXI is a partner in the presentation of this concert series.

Wednesday's Mystery Piece

Bedrich SmetanaBedrich Smetana

Today, June 2nd, we heard Smetana’s Overture to The Bartered Bride. Smetana was a Czech composer who founded a school in Prague in 1848. This piece is the overture to a hugely successful comic opera. The composer saw the 100th performance of this opera, which was a milestone in the history of Czech opera. By 1952, it had been performed a thousand times at Prague’s National Theater! Tomorrow, our mystery piece is from an opera inspired by Wagner’s "Ring" cycle.

That mystery piece you heard . . .

Maurice RavelMaurice Ravel

Today's early morning mystery piece was Maurice Ravel's La Valse. Georges Pretre conducted the Radio Symphony Orchestra of Stuttgart (Hanssler 93013.) Congratulations to Robert, who guessed via e-mail at btre...@wxxi.org. Tomorrow, we'll hear a work by a Czech composer which, by 1952, had been performed a thousand times at Prague’s National Theater. Hear a daily mystery piece at around 6:40 a.m. on Classical 91.5.