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Scheherazade, painting by Leon BakstPainting by Leon Bakst - Wikimedia Commons

September 16, 2021

In 1874, Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov traveled to the northern coast of the Black Sea. The trip left a lasting impression on the composer; he was intoxicated by the Arabic and Turkish music he heard on the streets and in coffee houses. On this episode of Performance Today, we hear these exotic impressions in a concert performance of Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherazade.

Episode Playlist

Hour 1

Ludwig van Beethoven: Sonata No. 3 in E-Flat Major, Op. 12: Movement 3 Rondo - Allegro
Frank Huang, violin | Rohan De Silva, piano
Album: Live from the 2002 International Violin Competition of Indianapolis
Arabesque Records Z6816

George Gershwin, arr. Jack Gale: Selections from Porgy and Bess
Philadelphia Orchestra Brass Quintet
Chamber Music Society of Palm Beach, Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, West Palm Beach, FL

Kristina A. Bishoff: Escape From Selium
Jenny Oaks Baker, violin | William Arnold, world flute | Utah Studio Orchestra | Dr. David Fullmer, conductor
HUGE Studios, Salt Lake City, UT

Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade, Symphonic Suite, Op. 35 (excerpts)
Frank Huang, violin | New York Philharmonic | Alan Gilbert, conductor
David Geffen Hall, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, New York, NY

Hour 2

Peter Tchaikovsky: Russian Dance
Trio Voronezh: Sergei Teleshev, bajan | Vladimir Volochin, domra | Valerie Petruchin, double-bass balalaika
Album: Trio Voronezh
EMI 56892

Maurice Ravel: Gaspard de la nuit
Benjamin Grosvenor, piano
Capital Region Classical, Union College - Memorial Chapel, Schenectady, NY

Peter Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 3: Movement 4-5
The Orchestra Now | Leon Botstein, conductor
Bard College, Bard's Fisher Center for The Performing Arts, Annandale On-Hudson, NY

Astor Piazzolla: Libertango
Ebene Quartet
Spivey Hall, Clayton State University, Morrow, GA