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Angela Mortellaro as Juliette and Joshua Dennis as Romeo in the Minnesota Opera production of Romeo & Juliet.
Dan Norman
Performance Today®

Romeo & Juliet

Despite their tragic ending, Romeo and Juliet have become one of the most famous couples of all time. On this episode of Performance Today, we'll explore the music of love and devotion with selections from Romeo and Juliet, by Sergei Prokofiev.

Episode Playlist

Hour 1

Richard Strauss: The Bourgeois Gentleman Suite: Entrance and Dance of the Tailors
Orpheus Chamber Orchestra
Strauss: Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme, Divertimento After Couperin
Deutsche Grammophon 435871

Franz Schubert: Piano Trio in E-flat Major, Op. 100
Pedja Muzijevic, piano; Livia Sohn, violin; Joshua Roman, cello
Spoleto Festival USA; South Carolina Public Radio, Dock Street Theater, Charleston, SC

Richard Strauss: Dance of the Seven Veils from "Salome"
National Orchestral Institute Philharmonic; JoAnn Falletta, conductor
National Orchestral Institute + Festival, Elsie & Marvin Dekelboum Concert Hall, University of Maryland, College Park, MD

Dan Visconti: Legendary Love (in honor of Christian Kidd)
ROCO, St. John the Divine Church, Houston, TX

Hour 2

Ludwig van Beethoven: 12 Contretanzes Nos. 1, 2, 3, 4, 11, 12
Swedish Chamber Orchestra; Thomas Dausgaard , conductor
Beethoven: Complete Orchestral Works
Simax PSC1281

Manuel de Falla (arr. William Kanengiser): El Amor Brujo
Los Angeles Guitar Quartet: John Dearman, Matthew Greif, William Kanengiser, Scott Tennant, guitars
Spivey Hall, Clayton State University, Morrow, GA

Sergei Prokofiev: Romeo and Juliet (excerpts)
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra; Marin Alsop, conductor
Prokofiev: Romeo and Julie
Naxos 857353435

Ludwig van Beethoven (arr. Brandon Ridenour): Fur Elise
Canadian Brass
University of Georgia, Hodgson Concert Hall, Athens, GA

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