Poster John Harbison
John Harbison
Donna Coveney
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John Harbison looks back

In the 1940s, Composer John Harbison grew up in a musical family in New Jersey. The Harbisons would gather around the piano and sing together. John Harbison had those memories in mind when he wrote a set of pieces called "Songs America Loves to Sing." On today's show, we'll hear it from a concert in Athens, Georgia.

Episode Playlist

Hour 1

Clara Schumann: Two Lieder from Liebesfruhling
Anne Sofie von Otter, mezzo-soprano; Helene Grimaud, piano
DG 690402

Scott Lindroth: Passage
United States Marine Band; Maj. Michelle A. Rakers, conductor
United States Marine Band, University of Maryland, College Park, MD

Clara Schumann: Piano Trio in G minor, Op. 17
Helen Hwaya Kim, violin; Ranier Eudeikis, cello; Elizabeth Pridgen, piano
Peachtree Road United Methodist Church & Atlanta Chamber Players, Peachtree Road United Methodist Church, Atlanta, GA

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

Hour 2

Richard Wagner: Albumblatt for Mrs. Betty Schott
Llyr Williams, piano
Wagner Without Words
Signum 388

John Harbison: Songs America Loves to Sing (excerpts)
Tara Helen O'Connor, flute; Jose Franch-Ballester, clarinet; Bella Hristova, violin; Nicholas Canellakis, cello; Gilles Vonsattel, piano
UGA & CMSLC, Hugh Hodgson Concert Hall, UGA Performing Arts Center, Athens, GA

Richard Wagner: Sonata in A-flat Major (for M. Wesendonck), WWV 85
Llyr Williams, piano
The Gilmore International Keyboard Festival 2016, Dalton Center, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI

Jonathan Leshnoff: Chamber Concerto for Violin and Orchestra
Itamar Zorman, violin; The Classical Tahoe Orchestra; Joel Revzen, conductor
Classical Tahoe, The Pavilion, Incline Village, NV

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