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Prospero's Incantations

Prospero and Ariel (from Shakespeare's The Tempest)by William Hamilton (ca. 1797), via Wikimedia Commons

January 19, 2022

Viennese Composer Egon Wellesz wrote a piece in 1934 inspired by Prospero, the magical character in Shakespeare's The Tempest. On today's show, learn more about Egon Wellesz and hear selections from Prospero's Incantations, from a concert at Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, NY.

Episode Playlist

Hour 1

Walter Piston: Symphony No. 4: IV. Energico
American Symphony Orchestra | Leon Botstein, conductor
Album: Piston: Symphony No. 4 - EP
American Symphony Orchestra

Johann Strauss Jr.: Kaiser-Walzer, Op. 437 Emperor Waltz
National Music Festival Orchestra | Richard Rosenberg, conductor
National Music Festival, First United Methodist Church, Chestertown, MD

Piano Puzzler
Contestant: Andy Zerman from New York, NY

Egon Wellesz: Prospero's Incantations; Movements 1, 3-5
The Orchestra Now | Hans Graf, conductor
Bard College, The Fisher Center for the Performing Arts, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY

Hour 2

Jean Francaix: Quintette: II. Presto-Trio
Imani Winds
Album: Umoja
Imani 6227

Henri Dutilleux: Sonatine for Flute and Piano
Ransom Wilson, flute | Juho Pohjonen, piano
Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Alice Tully Hall, New York, NY

Lalo Schifrin: La Nouvelle New Orleans
Imani Winds
Chamber Music Northwest, Lincoln Performance Hall, Portland, OR

Joseph Haydn: Symphony No. 97 in C
Tanglewood Music Center (TMC) Orchestra | Andris Nelsons, conductor
Tanglewood, Ozawa Hall, Lenox, MA