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Finding Treemonisha


October 12, 2021

Composer Scott Joplin is known for his rags, but he also left a fascinating opera called Treemonisha. It wasn't fully staged until long after he died. Joplin was awarded a posthumous Pulitzer for the work in 1976. We'll hear highlights from Scott Joplin's Treemonisha from a concert in Italy on the next Performance Today, from APM.

Episode Playlist

Hour 1

Franz Liszt: Liebestraum No. 3
Evgeny Kissin, piano
Album: Great Pianists of the 20th Century: Evgeny Kissin
Philips 456 871

Johannes Brahms: Tragic Overture, Op. 81
Texas Festival Orchestra | Christoph Campestrini, conductor
Round Top Festival Institute, Festival Concert Hall, Round Top, TX

Menachem Wiesenberg: Klezmer Suite
Silvia Simionescu, viola | Chen Halevi, clarinet | Winfried Holzenkamp, double bass | Cornelia Lenzin, piano
Mizmorim Festival, Stadtcasino, Basel, Switzerland

Franz Liszt: Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2
Stephen Prutsman, piano
Spoleto Festival USA, Dock Street Theater, Charleston, SC

Hour 2

Johann Vanhal: Concerto for Double Bass: 3rd movement
Edicson Ruiz, double bass | Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra | Christian Vasquez, conductor
Album: Edicson Ruiz, Orquesta Sinfonica
Philharmonie 6008

Scott Joplin: Overture to Treemonisha
RAI National Symphony Orchestra | John Axelrod, conductor
Arturo Toscanini RAI  Auditorium, Turin, Italy

Aaron Copland: Poeme for Cello and Piano
Nicholas Canellakis, cello | Michael Brown, piano
Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Rose Studio, New York, NY

Efrain Oscher: Double Bass Concerto
Edicson Ruiz, double bass | WDR Radio Orchestra | Alondra de la Parra, conductor
Klaus von Bismarck Hall, WDR Recording House Cologne, Germany