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Playlists for April 25-29: Prokofiev

A look at the life and music of one of Russia’s most talented and controversial composers, Sergei Prokofiev, in celebration of his 120th birthday.

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Monday

Prokofiev: Piano Sonata No. 1, I (excerpts)
Chiu, p.
HM 2907301
1:00
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Chopin: Mazurka in b minor, Op. 33 No. 4 (excerpts)
Perlemuter, p.
Nimbus 5393
1:00
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Tchaikovsky: Sleeping Beauty (excerpt)
Russian Nat’l Orchestra/Pletnev
DG 345202
1:12
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Prokofiev: Ballade, Op. 15 (excerpt)
Wallfisch, vc.; York, p.
Black Box 1027
2:10
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Rimsky-Korsakov: Battle near Kerzhenets fr. Kitezh
Kirov Orchestra/Gergiev
Phil 462225
:50
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Prokofiev: Piano Sonata No. 1, I (excerpt)
Chiu, p.
HM 2907301
1:03
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Prokofiev: “There are Other Planets” fr. Two Poems, Op. 9
Slavny, bar.; Serov, p.
Delos 3275
4:23
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Prokofiev: Toccata, Op. 11
Sandor, p.
Vox 5514
3:59
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Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No. 1 in D-flat Major, Op. 10, II & III
Berlin Phil/Abbado; Kissin, p.
DG 439898
8:14
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Prokofiev: Igrok the Gambler, Op. 24 (excerpts)
Scottish Nat’l Orch/Järvi
Chan 8803
10:47, :33
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Prokofiev: Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 19, I
LSO/Previn; Shaham, v.
DG 447758
9:24
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Prokofiev: Sinfonietta, I (excerpt)
Chamber Orchestra of Lausanne/Zedda
Virgin 91098
3:19
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Tuesday

Prokofiev: Piano Sonata No. 3, Op. 28
Chiu, p.
HM 2907301
7:43
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Prokofiev: Scythian Suite, Op. 20 (excerpts)
Orchestre National de la Radiodiffusion Française/Markevitch
EMI 62647
8:48, :20, :36
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Stravinsky: Rite of Spring (excerpts)
LSO/Abbado
DG 415854
:36, :17
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Prokofiev: “The Sun has Filled the Room” and “Memory of the Sun” fr. Five Poems by Anna Akhmatova
Yevtodieva, s., Serov, p.
Delos 3275
4:03
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Prokofiev: Classical Symphony
Orpheus Chamber Orchestra
DG 423624
13:55
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Prokofiev: Overture on Hebrew Themes, Op. 34
Moscow Virtuosi/Spivakov
RCA 60370
9:03
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Prokofiev: Gavotte fr. Classical Symphony
Prokofiev, p.
Pearl 9470
1:20
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Wednesday

Prokofiev: Peter and the Wolf (excerpts)
Philadelphia Orchestra/Ormandy
Sony 62638
1:12
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Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No. 3 in C Major, Op. 26, III (excerpt), I
LSO/Coppola; Prokofiev, p.
Pearl 9470
:50, 8:19
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Prokofiev: The Love for Three Oranges, Op. 33a (excerpts)
St. Petersburg Phil/Temirkanov
RCA 68408
4:57
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Prokofiev: String Quartet No. 1, I
St. Petersburg String Quartet
Delos 3247
7:38
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Prokofiev: Kijé’s Birth and Kijé’s Wedding from Lieutenant Kijé
Berlin Phil/Ozawa
DG 463761
6:50
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Sting: The Russians (excerpt)
Sting
A&M
:44
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Prokofiev: Violin Concerto No. 2 in g minor, II
LSO/Previn; Shaham, v.
DG 447758
9:43
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Prokofiev: Peter and the Wolf (excerpts)
Philadelphia Orchestra/Ormandy; Ritchard, n.
Sony 62638
1:15, 1:16
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Thursday

Prokofiev: Romeo and Juliet, Op. 64 (excerpts)
Berlin Phil/Abbado
DG 423439
19:45
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Prokofiev: Battle on the Ice fr. Alexander Nevsky, Op. 78
Orchestre de Paris/Bychkov
Phi 434070
13:04
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Prokofiev: Piano Sonata No. 7, Op. 83, III
Argerich, p.
EMI 56975
3:15
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Prokofiev: Symphony No. 5 in B-Flat Major, Op. 100, I
St. Louis Symphony/Slatkin
RCA 5035
13:37
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Friday

Prokofiev: Symphony No. 5 in B-Flat Major, Op. 100, IV
St. Louis Symphony/Slatkin
RCA 5035
9:31, :46
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Prokofiev: Waltz & Midnight fr. Cinderella, Op. 87
St. Louis Symphony/Slatkin
RCA 85321
3:59
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Prokofiev: Ivan the Terrible (excerpts)
LSO/Rostropovich
Sony 48387
12:18
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Prokofiev: Sinfonia Concertante for Cello & Orchestra, III
LSO/Ozawa; Rostropovich, vc.
Erato 45332
9:39
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Prokofiev: Symphony No. 7, Op. 131, I + IV (excerpt)
LA Phil/Previn
Philips 426306-2
9:55, 2:02
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Prokofiev: Sonata for Solo Violin, Op. 115
Kaler, v.
Ongaku 024-103
3:15
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Playlists for April 18-22: St. Matthew Passion

Composed in 1727, it’s one of two surviving settings of the last days of Jesus Christ composed by J.S. Bach. We’ll explore the history of this masterpiece and sample different recordings.

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Monday

J.S. Bach: “Herr, unser Herrscher” fr. St. John Passion
Staatskapelle Dresden & Rundfunkchor Leipzig/Schrier
Phil 422088
9:45
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J.S. Bach: St. Matthew Passion (excerpt)
CSO & Chorus/Solti
Decca 425691
2:49, 1:25
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J.S. Bach: “Kommt, Ihr Töchter” fr. St. Matthew Passion
English Baroque Soloists & Monteverdi Choir/Gardiner
Archiv 427648
5:56
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J.S. Bach: St. Matthew Passion (excerpts)
Ghent Collegium Vocale & Orchestra/Herreweghe
HM 951676-78
:42, :46, 8:14, 7:55, :40, 9:44
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Tuesday

J.S. Bach: St. Matthew Passion (excerpts)
Ghent Collegium Vocale & Orchestra/Herreweghe
HM 951676-78
1:01, 3:41, 6:31, :40, :57, 4:15, 2:27, :45, 2:21, 4:37, 8:00
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J.S. Bach: Christ lag in Todes Banden, BWV 4 (excerpts)
American Bach Soloists/Thomas
Koch 7235
:28, 10:12
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J.S. Bach arr. Stokowski: Chorale fr. the “Easter Cantata,” BWV 4
BBC Phil/Bamert
Chan 9259
3:47
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Wednesday

J.S. Bach: St. Matthew Passion (excerpts)
Ghent Collegium Vocale & Orchestra/Herreweghe
HM 951676-78
11:36, 2:01, :53, 2:14
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J.S. Bach: St. Matthew Passion (excerpts)
Philharmonia Orchestra & Chorus/Klemperer
EMI 67542
9:00, 1:08
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J.S. Bach: St. Matthew Passion (excerpt)
Gabrieli Consort & Players/McCreesh
Archiv 474200
:36
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J.S. Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No. 4, II & III
Academy of St. Martin in-the-Fields/Marriner
Phil 400077
8:40
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J.S. Bach: “Ich habe genug” fr. Cantata BWV 82
Camerata Academica Salzburg/Norrington
Decca 466570
6:50
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G. Gould: “So You Want to Write a Fugue?”
Julliard String Quartet & Benson-Guy, s.; Darian, ms.; Bressler, ten.; Gramm, bs.
Sony 52679
3:55
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Thursday

Haydn: The Seven Last Words of Our Savior on the Cross, I
Orchestra of St. Lukes/Rudel
Musicmasters 60238
6:18
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Golijov: La Pasión Según San Marcos (excerpts)
Orquesta La Pasión & Scola Cantorum de Caracas/Guinand
Hänssler Cl 98404
12:24
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J.S. Bach: St. Matthew Passion (excerpts)
Ghent Collegium Vocale & Orchestra/Herreweghe
HM 951676-78
2:47, 6:07, 2:17, 1:03, 5:52, 2:46, 6:47
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J.S. Bach: “Bist Du Bei Mir,” BWV 508
Orch./Sadin; Battle, s.
Sony 62035
2:19
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Friday

J.S. Bach: Prelude & Fugue No. 13 fr. the Well-Tempered Clavier
Fellner, p.
ECM 1853
3:18, 1:14
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J.S. Bach: St. Matthew Passion (excerpts)
Ghent Collegium Vocale & Orchestra/Herreweghe
HM 951676-78
4:49, 5:48, 3:29, 4:32, 3:48, 2:31, 7:43
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J.S. Bach: St. Matthew Passion (excerpts)
CSO & Chorus/Solti
Decca 425691
11:08
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Playlists for April 11-15: Child’s Play

For hundreds of years of music-making, childhood has remained an inexhaustible inspiration. This week we’ll hear some of the ways that composers from Purcell to Prokofiev have been influenced by the energy and excitement of youth.

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Monday

Respighi: Pines of Rome, I
Montreal Symphony/Dutoit
Lon 410145
2:34
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Mussorgsky: Tuilleries from Pictures at an Exhibition
CSO/Solti
Lon 400051
1:00
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R. Schumann: Kinderszenen
Horowitz, p.
DG 435025
16:45
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Ives: Symphony No. 3, II
Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra/Tilson Thomas
CBS 37823
6:40
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Bizet: Jeux d’enfants
Concertgebouw/Haitink
Phil 416437
10:53
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Humperdink: Overture from Hansel and Gretel
LSO/Previn
EMI 672252
7:47
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Tuesday

Elgar: Wand of Youth (excerpts)
Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra/Leppard
Koss 1014
8:35, 1:34
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Mozart: Symphony No. 1, I K. 16
Academy of Ancient Music/Hogwood
L’Oiseau 452496
5:38
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Mozart: Symphony Serenade in D Major, K. 100
Tafelmusik/Weil
Sony 47260
15:54
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Mendelssohn: Octet in E-flat Major (excerpts)
Guarneri Quartet & Orion Quartet
Arab 6714
18:44
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Wednesday

Debussy, arr. Caplet: Children’s Corner
Montreal Symphony/Dutoit
Polygram 44386
2:32
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Debussy: Children’s Corner
Kocsis, p.
HM 903006
15:06
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Mahler: Kindertotenlieder (excerpts)
Halle Orchestra/Barbirolli, Baker, s.
EMI 47793
13:21
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Mahler: Symphony No. 4, IV
CSO/Solti; Te Kanawa, s.
Lon 436618
8:24
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Mahler: Symphony No. 3, V
CSO/Levine; Horne, s.
RCA 1757
4:00
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Korngold: Snowman (excerpt)
Northwest German Phil/Albert
CPO 999037
4:25
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Thursday

Rossini, arr. Respighi: The Fantastic Toyshop (excerpts)
Academy of St. Martin in the Fields/Marriner
Phil 420485
7:34
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Herbert: Babes in Toyland, I
Razumovsky Symphony Orchestra/Brion
Naxos 8.559025
7:28
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Crumb: Ancient Voices of Children
Contemporary Chamber Ensemble/Weisberg; DeGaetani, ms.
Nonesuch 79149
24:52
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Bernstein: Chichester Psalms, II
Israel Phil/Bernstein
DG 289 463 462
5:36
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Britten: Playful Pizzicato fr. Simple Symphony
ECO/Britten
Lon 417509
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Friday

Purcell: Rondeau fr. Abdelazar
ECO/Leppard
CBS 44650
1:16
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Britten: Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra
LSO/Mackerras; Kingsley, n.
CAIA 1022
18:09, 2:32
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Villa-Lobos: Prole do bebe (excerpts)
Rubinstein, p.
RCA 5670
8:03
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Prokofiev: Cinderella (excerpts)
Scottish National Orch/Jarvi
Chan 8939
21:39
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Playlists for April 4-8: Wagner’s Ring Cycle

From leitmotifs to lighter fare, this week’s programs are a five-hour exploration of Richard Wagner’s crowning operatic achievement.

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Monday

Weber: Overture fr. Der Freischütz (excerpt)
Berlin Phil/Karajan
EMI 64629
:57
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Wagner: Das Rheingold (excerpts)
Vienna Phil/Solti
Lon 445 556-2
8:30, 2:18, 6:09, 2:30, 1:35, 4:33, 2:22, :32, 1:16, 1:07, 3:53, 6:15, 3:03
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Tuesday

Wagner: Die Walküre (excerpts)
NY Met Opera Chorus & Orchestra/Levine
DG 471678
1:56, :15, :48, 1:13, 14:50, 2:57, 2:03, 1:10, :33, 5:48, 3:07, :36, 1:38, 1:15, 15:31
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Wednesday

Wagner: Die Walküre (excerpts)
NY Met Opera Chorus & Orchestra/Levine
DG 471678
3:09, 3:51, 5:37, 9:13, 24:22
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Wagner: Forest Murmurs fr. Siegfried
Cleveland Orchestra/Szell
CBS 46286
4:37
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Thursday

Wagner: Siegfried (excerpts)
Vienna Phil/Solti
Lon 455564
5:04, :39, 2:46, :40, 1:08
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Wagner: Siegfried (excerpt)
NY Met Opera Chorus & Orchestra/Levine; Landsman, hn.
DG 471678
5:44
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Wagner: Seigfried, Act III (excerpts)
Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orch/Pappano; Domingo, t.; Voigt, s.
EMI 57004 2
7:08, 7:45
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Wagner: Dawn & Siegfried’s Rhine Journey fr. Götterdämmerung
Philadelphia Orch/Ormandy
RCA 61850
13:02
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Friday

Wagner: Götterdämmerung (excerpts)
Vienna Phil/Solti
Lon 455569
2:25, 17:21, 24:43
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Anna Russell: The Ring of the Nibelungs- An Analysis (excerpt)
Sony 47252
8:10
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