Performance Today

Sounds of Yunnan

Rice terraces at sunrise, Yunnan province, Chinavia Wikimedia Commons

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