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Performance Today®

The mining of musical gems

A central part of music director JoAnn Falletta's legacy at the Buffalo Philharmonic has been the exploration and performance of lesser known musical gems. On this episode of Performance Today, hear them play one of those gems: The Fantastic Scherzo by Josef Suk.

Episode Playlist

Hour 1

Johann Sebastian Bach (arr. Bob James): Air Apparent
Bob James piano; Nancy Stagnitta, flute
Interlochen Presents, Dendrinos Chapel and Recital Hall, Interlochen, MI

Bob James: In the Chapel in the Moonlight/Angela
Bob James piano; Nancy Stagnitta, flute
Interlochen Presents, Dendrinos Chapel and Recital Hall, Interlochen, MI

Chris Rogerson: Duo
Nicolas Kendall, violin; Efe Baltacigil, cello
Seattle Chamber Music Society, Nordstrom Recital Hall at Benaroya Hall, Seattle, WA

Josef Suk: Fantastic Scherzo
Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra; JoAnn Falletta, conductor
Suk: Fairy Tale / Fantasy in G Minor / Fantasticke scherzo
Naxos 572323

Hour 2

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Overture to the Marriage of Figaro
Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra; Bobby McFerrin, conductor
Paper Music
Sony 64600

Morley Calvert: Suite From The Monteregian Hills: Movements 1, 2, 4
Philadelphia Orchestra Brass Quintet: Anthony Prisk & James Ross, Trumpets; Jeffrey Lang, Horn; Nitzan Haroz, Trombone; Blair Bollinger, Bass Trombone
Chamber Music Society of Palm Beach, Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, West Palm Beach, FL

Shulamit Ran: Perfect Storm for Solo Viola
Tabea Zimmermann, viola
Princeton University Concerts, Richardson Auditorium, Princeton, NJ

Jules Massenet: Meditation from Thais
Alexandre Da Costa, violin; Alexandra Nguyen, piano
UCCS Presents/Classical 88.7 KCME/Adventure Culture Fund, Ent Center for the Arts, Colorado Springs, CO

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