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Composer Benjamin Britten in a 1968 publicity photo for London Records.
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Benjamin Britten's guide to the orchestra

In 1945, Benjamin Britten wrote a piece of music as a way to introduce young people to the orchestra. Well, it turns out Britten created something for music lovers of all ages. On today's show, join us for a Grand Teton Music Festival performance of "The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra" by Benjamin Britten.

Episode Playlist

Hour 1

Peter Tchaikovsky: 6 Morceaux, Op. 19, TH 133 No. 4 Nocturne in C
Johannes Moser, cello; L'Orchestre de la Suisse Romande; Andrew Manze, conductor
Elgar & Tchaikovsky: Cello Works
PentaTone 5186570

John Adams: Road Movies for Violin and Piano
Chad Hoopes, violin; Gloria Chien, piano
Music@Menlo, The Center for Performing Arts at Menlo-Atherton, Atherton CA

Peter Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6 in B Minor, "Pathetique" (Select Mvt 1 only)
Oregon Symphony; Carlos Kalmar, conductor
Oregon Symphony, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, Portland, OR

Rafael Bullumba Landestoy: Fantasia Dominicana Parts 1 and 2
Martin Soderberg, piano
Piano Music of Rafael Landestoy
Martin Soderberg NA

Hour 2

Elliott Carter: Elegy for cello and piano
Joshua Roman, cello; Gilles Vonsattel, piano
Baruch Performing Arts Center at Baruch College, Engelman Recital Hall, New York, NY

Benjamin Britten: The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra, Op. 34
Erin Roy, Narrator; Grand Teton Music Festival Orchestra; Donald Runnicles, conductor
Grand Teton Music Festival, Walk Festival Hall, Jackson Hole, WY

Paul Wiancko: When the Night for Cello Quartet
Joshua Roman, Paul Wiancko, Christopher Costanza, Nina Lee, cellos
Chamber Music from Spoleto Festival USA 2019; South Carolina Public Radio, Dock Street Theater, Charleston, SC

Franz Liszt: Dante Sonata
William Wolfram, piano
Colorado College Summer Music Festival, Cornerstone Arts Center, Colorado Springs, CO

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