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Nino Rota, composer
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Nino Rota: More than soundtracks

Italian composer Nino Rota is best known for the soundtracks he composed for more than 170 films...but, he also wrote operas, ballets, choral music. On today's show, hear a piece that Nino Rota wrote in 1943, before he became really famous for his film scores.

Episode Playlist

Hour 1

Alyssa Morris: Motion: Movement 1 Bike Ride (2010)
Alyssa Morris, oboe | Elizabeth Darling, flute | Andrea Vos-Rochefort, clarinet | Jessica Findley Yang, bassoon
Album: Alyssa Morris - A Higher Place
MSR Classics 1668

Alyssa Morris: Tlapalli, Tlahuilli, Sinfonia Concertante
ROCO | Ward Stare, conductor
The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, Houston, TX

Piano Puzzler
Contestant: Duncan Holmes from Fredericksburg, TX

Joseph Haydn: String Quartet No. 40 in F Major, Op. 50, No. 5 "The Dream"
Omer Quartet
Honest Brook Music Festival, Honest Brook Farm, Delaware County, New York, NY

Hour 2

Charles Gounod, arr. Damien Sneed: Ave Maria
Randall Goosby, violin | Damien Sneed, piano
Album: The Three Sides of Damien Sneed: Classical, Jazz and Sanctified Soul
LeChateau Earl Records

Nino Rota: Piccola Offerta Musicale for Wind Quintet
Marya Martin, flute | Kemp Jernigan, oboe | Tommaso Lonquich, clarinet | Peter Kolkay, bassoon | Stewart Rose, horn
Bridgehampton Chamber Music, Bridgehampton Presbyterian Church, Bridgehampton, NY

George Frideric Handel: Concerto Grosso No. 1 in G Major, Op. 6
Strings Festival Orchestra | John Macfarlane, conductor
Strings Music Festival, Strings Pavilion, Steamboat Springs, CO

Richard Strauss: Violin Sonata in E-flat, Op. 18
Randall Goosby, violin | Zhu Wang, piano
Honest Brook Music Festival, Honest Brook Farm, Delhi, NY

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