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Richard Strauss's Don Juan

Manuel Lopez-Gomez conducts the National Orchestral Institute Philharmonicphoto by Geoff Sheil

July 18, 2018

The story of Don Juan taps a deep territory in the human psyche: love, betrayal, excess, and death. On Wednesday's Performance Today, we'll hear Richard Strauss's explosive tone poem Don Juan, performed by the National Orchestral Institute Philharmonic.

Episode Playlist

Hour 1

Johann Sebastian Bach (arr. Ma, Thile, & Meyer): Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme (sleepers awake), BWV 645
Yo-Yo Ma, cello; Chris Thile, mandolin; Edgar Meyer, double bass
Bach Trios
Nonesuch 5589332

York Bowen: Horn Quintet in C minor, Op. 85
Gail Williams, horn; Ralph Matson, violin; Ling Ling Huang, violin; Susan Gulkis Assadi, viola; Daniel Laufer, cello
Grand Teton Music Festival, Walk Festival Hall, Jackson Hole, WY

Piano Puzzler: This week's contestant is Deb Anderson from Robbinsdale, MN

Johann Sebastian Bach: Partita No. 2 in D Minor, BWV 1004: Chaconne
Avi Avital, Mandolin
Ramsey Concert Hall, University of Georgia Performing Arts Center, Athens, GA

Hour 2

Giovanni Sollima: The Shooting
Weiss-Requiro Duo: Meta Weiss, cello; David Requiro, cello
A Due Celli
Weiss-Requiro Duo 1

Robert Schumann: Marchenbilder for viola and piano, Op. 113
Cynthia Phelps, viola; Alessio Bax, piano
Seattle Chamber Music Society, Nordstrom Recital Hall at Benaroya Hall, Seattle, WA

Giovanni Sollima: Arboreto Salvatico for Two Celli
David Requiro, cello; Meta Weiss, cello
Manchester Music Festival, Southern Vermont Arts Center, Manchester, VT

Ernest Chausson: Chanson perpetuelle, Op. 37
Ara Gregorian, violin; Lina Tetriani, soprano; Dimitri Murrath, viola; Meta Weiss, cello; Axel Strauss, violin; Adam Neiman, piano
Manchester Music Festival, Southern Vermont Arts Center, Manchester, VT

Richard Strauss: Don Juan, Op. 20
National Orchestral Institute Philharmonic; Manuel Lopez-Gomez, conductor
The Elsie & Marvin Dekelboum Concert Hall, Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, U of Maryland, College Park, MD