Performance Today®

with host Fred Child

: The Isle of the Dead

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Isle of the Dead IV painted by Arnold Bocklin Arnold Bocklin

A rocky island, surrounded by black water, with a dark sky overhead. A boatman is rowing toward an out-cropping where, presumably, his ghostly white passenger will spend the rest of time. It's a painting by Arnold Bocklin called "The Isle of the Dead." Sergei Rachmaninoff was so taken with the painting that he wrote a tone poem called "The Isle of the Dead." We'll hear it today, from a concert in Cincinnati.