Poster Illustration from Don Quixote de la Mancha by Miguel de Cervantes
Illustration from Don Quixote de la Mancha by Miguel de Cervantes
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Don Quixote and Dulcinea

Her name was Dulcinea, and she is the inspiration in one of the great stories of all time: Don Quixote by Cervantes. Dulcinea doesn't even appear in the novel, but just the idea of her fuels everything that Don Quixote does. On this episode of Performance Today, tune in for "Don Quixote y Dulcinea" by Hungarian composer Gyorgy Ranki.

Episode Playlist

Hour 1

Ludwig van Beethoven: Six Bagatelles, Op. 126: VI
Molly Morkoski, piano
Albany Records NA

Howard Hanson: Symphony No. 2, Op. 30, Romantic: Movements 1 & 2
Minnesota Orchestra; Osmo Vanska, conductor
Minnesota Orchestra, Orchestra Hall, Minneapolis, MN

Ernest Bloch: Violin Sonata No. 2, Poeme mystique
Danbi Um, violin; Orion Weiss, piano
Music@Menlo, Stent Family Hall, Menlo School, Atherton, CA

Gyorgy Ranki: Don Quixote y Dulcinea
Nicholas Daniel, oboe; Molly Morkoski, piano
Adrian Spence, Rothenberg Hall, Huntington Library, San Marino, CA

Hour 2

Dmitri Shostakovich: Adagio (Elegy) for string quartet
Emerson String Quartet
Shostakovich String Quartets
DG 463284

Auguste Franchomme, arr. Caitlin Sullivan: Douze Caprices No. 11
Decoda Cello Quartet
String Theory at the Hunter, The Hunter Museum of American Art, Chattanooga, TN

Dmitri Shostakovich: Piano Concerto No. 2 in F major, Op. 102
Denis Kozhukhin, piano; Grand Teton Music Festival Orchestra; Donald Runnicles, conductor
Grand Teton Music Festival, Walk Festival Hall, Jackson Hole, WY

Samuel Barber: Violin Concerto, Op. 14: Movement 2 Andante
Dylana Jenson, violin; London Symphony Orchestra; David Lockington, conductor
Dylana Jenson and the London Symphony Orchestra
Self-produced NA

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