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Virtuoso, The World of Purchase Now 

What distinguishes a virtuoso from a merely great musician?  This week we feature these musicians who had it all.  We start  in the 16th century with the development of violin and keyboard instruments that brought the rise of the virtuoso. Composers created music for artists who claimed these instruments as their own. Generations of musicians forever challenged and one-upped those who led the way, playing concertos to delight us. Join Bill as he follows his ear through the centuries from Sephardic composer Thomas Lupo, played by violinist Andrew Manze, through Niccolò Paganini performed by Michael Rabin, to the present day with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra playing The Octet for Wind Instruments by Igor Stravinsky.

 
Program 1

Orlando di Lasso: Pavan on Susanna un jour

The Parley of Instruments

Hyp 66700

2:51

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Thomas Lupo: Ardo, sì, a5 - Prima Parte
Ardi et gela - Seconda Parte    

The English Fantasy

ASV 149

3:58

 

 

Thomas Lupo: Fantasia, a3 No.12   
The English Fantasy

ASV 149

1:50

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Dario Castello: Sonata I, from "Sonate concertate in stil moderno," Lib. II        
Romanesca & Andrew Manze, vln.

HM 2907278

4:53

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Biaggio Marnini:  Sinfonia Sesto Tuono; Curiose & Moderne Inventioni        
A. Manze, Romanesca

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2:21

 

Claudio Monteverdi:  Pur ti miro

From 'l'incoronazione di Poppea

Joshua Bell, vln.     Romance of the Violin

Sony 87894

3:37

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Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber:  Violin Sonata #3 - Praeludium, Aria E
Variation;  Variatio    
Romanesca Andrew Manze, vln.

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1:38 (excerpt)

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Giuseppe Tartini:  La Sonata Del Diavolo In G Minor
lll. Andante, Allegro, Adagio

Andrew Manze

6:24

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Jean-Féry Rebel: Violin Sonata #6 In B Minor - 3. Gracieusemen
Andrew Manze, vln.  Richard Egarr, Hrp.

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2:47

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George Frideric Handel: Concerto Grosso #6 In G Minor, Op. 6/6
Allegro          
Andrew Manze: Academy Of Ancient Music

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2:51

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Johann Sebastian Bach: Concerto In C Minor For Oboe & Violin, BWV 1060R -
3. Allegro   

Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Jeffrey Kahane, conductor

Hilary Hahn, vln. Allan Vogel.oboe

DG B0000986

3:12

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Bach: Violin Concerto #2 In E,BWV 1042 - 1. Allegro     
Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Jeffrey Kahane, conductor

Hilary Hahn, vln

DG B0000986

5:53

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Program 2

Luigi Boccherini: Cello Concerto #9 In B Flat, G 482
1. Allegro Moderato    
Jacqueline Du Pré; Daniel Barenboim: English Chamber Orchestra

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9:30

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Niccolò Paganini: Moto Perpetuo, Op. 11

Hollywood Bowl Symphony Orchestra, Felix Slatkin, conductor

Michael Rabin, vln.

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3:12

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Felix Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto In E Minor, Op. 64
2. Andante

Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, Claudio Abbado, conductor

Nathan Milstein, vln.
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7:51

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Pablo De Sarasate: Habanera
Michael Rabin, vln. Leon Pommers, pn.    

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4:18

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Igor Stravinsky: Violin Concerto In D  
4. Capriccio

London Symphony Orchestra, Mstislav Rostropovich, conductor

Maxim Vengerov, vln.   

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6:17

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Standard: Willow Weep for Me
Jean-Luc Ponty, Stuff Smith & Stéphane Grappelli        
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3:45

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Mark O'Connor: Limerock
Yo-Yo Ma, Mark O'Connor, Edgar Meyer  
Appalachian Journey   

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2:11 (1:11 excerpt)

 

Ellington: Come Sunday     
The Essential Duke Ellington
Duke Ellington, Ray Nance

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3:54

 

Ladislav Kupkovič: Souvenir

Gidon Kremer, Elsbeth Moser    

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5:11

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Program 3

John Bull: The Fitzwilliam Virginal Book,
No. 51: - Ut, re, mi, fa, sol, la

Claudio Colombo, harpsichord

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6:22  

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Orlando Gibbons: The Fitzwilliam Virginal Book

The Italian Ground

Peter Watchorn, harpsichord

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2:20

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Domenico Scarlatti: Sonata in E, K. 380
Ralph Kirkpatrick       

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2:55

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Domenico Scarlatti: Harpsichord Sonata In F Minor, K 386
David Schrader, Fortepiano

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3:13

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Domenico Scarlatti Keyboard Sonata In D Minor, K 141
Martha Argerich
Live From The Concertgebouw     

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3:!3  

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Johann Sebastian Bach: Goldberg Variations, BWV 988 -

Aria;   Variatio 1 A 1 Clav.; Variatio 2 A 1 Clav.; 34
Variatio 3 Canone All'Unisono. A 1. Clav.; Variatio 4 A 1 Clav.    
Glenn Gould, piano

SONY 52594

4:38

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Bach: Chromatic Fantasy & Fugue Claudio Arrau
Great Pianists Of The 20th Century

Claudio Arrau, piano

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11:02

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Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach: Sonata In D, WQ 61/2 - Mvt. 1
Mikhail Pletnev, piano

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1:41

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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Mozart: Piano Concerto #7 In F For 2/3 Pianos, K 242, "Lodron" -

3. Rondeau: Tempo Di Menuetto   
András Schiff, Daniel Barenboim, Georg Solti: English Chamber Orchestra

London 430 232

5:41

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Ludwig Van Beethoven: Piano Sonata #14 In C Sharp Minor, Op. 27/2, "Moonlight"
3. Presto Agitato
Daniel Barenboim, piano

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7:42

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Program 4

Frédéric Chopin: Mazurka #2 In C, Op. 24,
Artur Rubinstein, piano

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2:16

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Chopin: Etude #12 In C Minor, Op. 10/12, CT 25, "Revolutionary"
Maurizio Pollini, piano

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2:38

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Chopin: Barcarolle In F Sharp, Op. 60, B 158
Arthur Rubinstein

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9:29

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Franz Liszt: Rhapsodie Espagnole, S 254
Stephen Hough, piano

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13:13

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Béla Bartók: Sonata For 2 Pianos & Percussion, SZ 110
3. Allegro Non Troppo  

Murray Perahia, Georg Solti, David Corkhill, Evelyn Glennie

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6:41

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Claude Debussy: L'Isle Joyeuse, L 106
Zoltán Kocsis, piano

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6:09

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Sergei Prokofiev: Piano Sonata #7 In B Flat, Op. 83, "War Sonata #2"
3. Precipitato

Martha Argerich, piano 
Live From The Concertgebouw

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3:21

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Leonard Bernstein: The Age of Anxiety
(Symphony No. 2 for Piano and Orchestra, After W.H. Auden; 1949 Version)

Part II. The Masque; Part II. The Epilogue     

New York Philharmonic, Leonard Bernstein, conductor

Lukas Foss, piano

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Charlie Parker: Donna Lee

Charlie Parker, piano

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Program 5

Maurice Ravel: Introduction & allegro pour harpe, flute

clarinette & quatuor a cordes
Jean-Pierre Rampal, FT. Lily Laskine, hp. Ulysse Delécluse, cl.
Quator Pascal

recorded 1955, Theatre des Champs-Elyseés

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10:43

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Igor Stravinsky: Octet - 2. Theme & Variations 

Orpheus Chamber Orchestra    
Shadow Dances    

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8:01

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Vaughan Williams: Tuba Concerto In F Minor
1. Allegro Moderato; 2. Romanza    

Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Daniel Baremboim, conductor

Arnold Jacobs, tuba

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8:33

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Claude Debussy: Sonate pour flute, alto & harpe:

III: Final  3 of 13    

Jean-Pierre Rampal, fl, Odette Le Dentu, hp, Pierre Pasquier, vla

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4:25

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Mozart: Horn Concerto #2 In E Flat, K 417

2. Andante; 3. Rondò   

Philharmonia Orchestra, Herbert Von Karajan, conductor

Dennis Brain, horn

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Toldchard Evans: Lady of Spain
Dick Contino     
The Accordion Legends

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1:49

 

Art Tatum: Pole Boogie 

Art Tatum, piano 
Martin Scorsese Presents the Blues:

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2:25

 

 

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