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Sounds of Yunnan

Rice terraces at sunrise, Yunnan province, Chinavia Wikimedia Commons

Performance Today - April 23, 2021


April 23, 2021

Yunnan Province is one of the most ethnically diverse regions in China, and it has a rich and varied musical history. On this episode of Performance Today, hear music inspired by field recordings of folk music from Yunnan Province, from a recent concert in Shanghai, China.

Episode Playlist

Hour 1

Felix Mendelssohn: Octet for Strings in E-flat Major, Op. 20 (1825): III. Scherzo
Sibbi Bernhardsson, violin; David Finckel, cello; Simin Ganatra, violin; Geoff Nuttall, violin; Lesley Robertson, viola; Masumi Per Rostad, viola; Scott St. John, violin; Brandon Vamos, cello
Music@Menlo - Being Mendelssohn: Mendelssohn: Selections from A Midsummer Night's Dream - Beethoven: String Quartet - Mendelssohn: Octet
Music@Menlo LIVE NA

Francis Poulenc: Concerto for Two Pianos in D minor
Christina Naughton, piano; Michelle Naughton, piano; Grand Teton Music Festival Orchestra; James Feddeck, conductor
Grand Teton Music Festival, Walk Festival Hall, Jackson Hole, WY

Ludwig van Beethoven: String Quartet in C Op. 59 Razumovsky No. 3: Mvts 2-4
Pacifica Quartet
UChicago Presents, Performance Hall - Logan Center, Chicago, IL

Albert von Tilzer, arr. Robert Elkjer: Take Me Out to the Ballgame
Brass Summit; Carl Eitzen, conductor
Omaha Chamber Music Society, Omaha Conservatory of Music, Omaha, NE

Hour 2

Judith Lang Zaimont: Valse Romantique
Immanuel Davis, flute
Pure Colors: Music by Judith Lang Zaimont
Albany Records TROY785

Xilin Wang: The Torch Festival, from Yunnan Tone Poems
Kunming Nie Er Symphony Orcehstra; Huang Yi, conductor
Music in the Air (MISA), Shanghai, Concert Hall, Symphony Hall, Shanghai, China

Judith Lang Zaimont: Reflective Rag
Suzanne Bona, flute; Greg Kostraba, piano
Kickshaw Records 1002

Jocelyn Morlock: Solace
ROCO; David Danzmayr, conductor
ROCO, St. John the Divine Church, Houston, TX

Aaron Copland: Suite from Billy the Kid
Minnesota Orchestra; Osmo Vanska, conductor
Minnesota Orchestra, Orchestra Hall, Minneapolis, MN