Performance Today

PT Weekend: Victory Music

Among all things official at the Olympics, like the flag, is music composed for the opening and closing ceremonies.Image by Tony Duffy

July 24, 2021

The Summer Games get underway weekend in Tokyo. Among the changes in the Covid Era, podium winners will place their own medals over their heads, and they'll do it to music by Japanese composer Naoki Satō. On this edition of Performance Today, hear Naoki Satō's music in celebration of the Olympic Games. Plus, Bruce Adolphe and this week’s Piano Puzzler!

Episode Playlist

Hour 1

Zoltan Kodaly: Epigrams
Budapest Clarinet Quintet
Album: Clarinet Evergreens
Naxos 553427

William Grant Still: Ennanga for String Quartet, Harp, and Piano
Album: Works by William Grant Still
New World 80399

Piano Puzzler
This week’s contestant is Stephen Farrand calling from Freeport, ME

Zoltan Kodaly: Dances from Galanta
Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra; Lorenzo Viotti, conductor
Berwaldhallen, Stockholm, Sweden

Hour 2

Anton Bruckner: Intermezzo in D minor
Album: Anton Bruckner, L'Archibudelli
Sony 66251

Jessie Montgomery: Coincident Dances
Chicago Sinfonietta; Mei-Ann Chen, conductor
Album: Project W: Works by Diverse Women Composers
Cedille 90000185

Anton Bruckner: Symphony No. 8 in C Minor: Movement 4
Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra; Donald Runnicles, conductor
Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Music Hall, Cincinnati, OH

Naoki Satō: Limit of Love (Theme from Umizaru)
The United States Coast Guard Band
Album: The United States Coast Guard Band: Live in Japan
Altissimo 75442263112

Naoki Satō: 2020 Tokyo Olympic Victory Ceremony Music
Studio Orchestra