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April 24, 2015: Bach and bluegrass

Mike MarshallMaria Camillo

April 24, 2015

American mandolin virtuoso Mike Marshall is a big fan of both bluegrass and Bach. So when the New Century Chamber Orchestra asked him to write a new piece, he drew on these two musical styles for inspiration. On Friday's Performance Today, we'll hear Marshall's Bach-and-bluegrass inspired Mandolin Concerto from a concert in San Francisco.

Episode Playlist

Hour 1

Peter Tchaikovsky: Interrupted Dreams, from Twelve Pieces of Average Difficulty, Op. 40
Mikhail Pletnev, piano
Tchaikovsky: Pieces Op. 40, 5, 7, 8
Melodiya 1000048

Jacques Offenbach: Overture to La Vie parisienne
French National Orchestra; Vassily Sinaisky, conductor
Theatre des Champs-Elysees, Paris, France

Sergei Prokofiev (arr. Vadim Borisovsky): Suite from Romeo and Juliet, Op. 64: 1. The Young Juliet; 2. Dance of the Knights; 3. Mercrutio; 4. Death of Juliet
Maxim Rysanov, viola; Da Sol Kim, piano
Great Mountains Music Festival, Alpensia Concert Hall, Pyeongchang, South Korea

Peter Tchaikovsky: Variations on a Rococo Theme for Cello and Orchestra, Op. 33
Ralph Kirschbaum, cello; Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra; Jeffrey Kahane, music director, conductor
Royce Hall, Westwood, CA

Hour 2

Gustav Mahler: Symphony No. 3: "Tempo I", excerpt from Movement 1, Kraftig: Entschieden
London Symphony Orchestra; Michael Tilson Thomas, conductor
Mahler Symphony No. 3
Sony 44553

Mike Marshall: Mandolin Concerto No. 1
Mike Marshall, mandolin; New Century Chamber Orchestra; Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, music director
Herbst Theatre, San Francisco, CA

Gustav Mahler: Symphony No. 1 in D Major, Titan: 4. Sturmisch bewegt - Energisch
Santa Rosa Symphony; Bruno Ferrandis, conductor
Weill Hall, Green Music Center at Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park, CA

Claudio Puntin: Nostalgic Dances
Balkan Clarinet Summit; Claudio Puntin and Steffen Schorn, musical directors
Many Languages: One Soul
Piranha 2857