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Schubert's Unfinished Symphony

Schubert's Symphony No. 8, start of movement 3 (never finished)By Schubert [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

June 10, 2017

Most of us have a few unfinished tasks in our lives: half-filled photo albums, returning that voicemail you received last month, and of course, addressing that room in the basement. On Saturday's show, hear the Berlin Philharmonic perform Franz Schubert's most famous loose end, his Symphony No. 8, known as the "Unfinished Symphony".

Episode Playlist

Hour 1

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Overture from Cosi fan tutte
Berlin Philharmonic; Daniel Barenboim, conductor
Mozart: Cosi Fan Tutte - Highlights
Erato 94821

Hermeto Pascoal: Bebe
Ebene Quartet
Spivey Hall, Clayton State University, Morrow, GA

Piano Puzzler: This week's contestant is Eli Robbins from Peachtree City, GA

Johann Sebastian Bach: Concerto for oboe d'amore in A Major, BWV 1055R: Movement 3
Gonzalo X. Ruiz, oboe d'amore; Portland Baroque Orchestra; Monica Huggett, artistic director
J.S. Bach: Concertos for Oboes and Oboe d'amore
Avie 2324

Franz Schubert: Symphony No. 8 in B flat, D. 759 "Unfinished"
Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra; Bernard Haitink, conductor
Philharmonie, Berlin, Germany

Hour 2

George Gershwin (arr. Raimundo Penaforte): Three Preludes: Prelude No. 1
Eroica Trio: Erika Nickrenz, piano; Sara Parkings, violin; Sara Sant'Abrogio, cello
Eroica Trio
EMI 556482

George Gershwin (arr. Percy Grainger): Love Walked In
Benjamin Grosvenor, piano
Rockport Music, Shalin Liu Performance Center, Rockport, MA

Igor Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring, Part II: The Sacrifice
The Minnesota Orchestra; Osmo Vanska, conductor
Orchestra Hall, Minneapolis, MN

Johannes Brahms: Tragic Overture in D minor, Op. 81
Nashville Symphony; Giancarlo Guerrero, conductor
Nashville Symphony, Schermerhorn Symphony Center, Nashville, TN