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The Faint Ginkgo

Ginkgo biloba leavesPhoto: James Field

April 09, 2021

Chinese composer Xiaogang Ye wrote a piece of music inspired by the ginkgo biloba, a tree species that has existed for more than 200 million years. On today's show, we'll take you to a recent concert in Melbourne, Australia to hear that piece: The Faint Ginkgo, by Xiaogang Ye.

Episode Playlist

Hour 1

Ludwig van Beethoven: The Ruins of Athens Movement 1: Overture
The Hanover Band; Roy Goodman, conductor
Beethoven: Overtures
Nimbus 5130

Xiaogang Ye: The Faint Ginkgo
Melbourne Symphony Orchestra; Benjamin Northey, conductor
Hamer Arts Center, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Luigi Boccherini: Musica Notturna Delle Strade De Madrid (Night Music of the Streets of Madrid), Op. 30, No. 6 (G. 324)
The Miro Quartet; Clive Greensmith, cello
Chamber Music Society Palm Beach, Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach, FL

Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Trio in B-flat Major, Op. 97, Archduke: Mvts 3-4
Vienna Piano Trio; David McCarroll, violin; Clemens Hagen, violoncello; Stefan Mendl, piano
University of Georgia Performing Arts Center, Hugh Hodgson Concert Hall, Athens, GA

Hour 2

Niccolo Paganini: 24 Caprices for Solo Violin, No. 11 in C Major
Julia Fischer, violin
Julia Fischer: Paganini 24 Caprices
London/Decca 14658

Reynaldo Hahn: A Chloris
D. Ray McClellan, clarinet; David Fung, piano
University of Georgia Hugh Hodgson School of Music, Ramsey Concert Hall UGA Performing Arts Center, Athens, GA

Johannes Brahms: Concerto for Violin and Cello in A minor, Op. 102
Julia Fischer, violin; Daniel Muller-Schott, cello; NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra; Alan Gilbert, conductor
Laeiszhalle, Hamburg, Germany

Dongqing Fang, arr. Yuejin Li: Concerto for Strings "Caterpillar Fungus"
Shanghai Chinese Orchestra; Shenshen Yao, conductor
International Arts Festival of China, Grand Theatre, Shanghai, China