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Music inspired by Edgar Allan Poe

During a fictitious plague called The Red Death, a prince invited friends to a party, locked safely inside his castle. But a mysterious visitor showed up, and the party took a turn decidedly for the worse. On today's show, hear Andre Caplet's "Conte fantastique," inspired by Edgar Allan Poe's "Masque of the Red Death."

Episode Playlist

Hour 1

Dmitri Shostakovich: String Quartet No. 8 in C Minor, Op. 110: III. Allegretto
Pacifica Quartet
Album: The Soviet Experience, Volume 1: String Quartets By Dimitri Shostakovich and His Contemporaries

Duke Ellington: Three Black Kings
Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra | JoAnn Falletta, conductor
Album: Duke Ellington: Black, Brown, and Beige
Naxos 559737

Piano Puzzler
Contestant: Kate Lamberton calling from Hanover, PA

Andre Caplet: Conte fantastique
Sivan Magen, harp | Pacifica Quartet
Aspen Music Festival and School, Harris Concert Hall, Aspen, CO

Hour 2

John Williams: Olympic Fanfare and Theme, written for the 1984 Olympic Games
Boston Pops | John Williams, conductor
Album: John Williams Greatest Hits 1969-1999
Sony 51333

Erwin Schulhoff: Concertino for flute, viola, and double bass
Robert Cronin, flute, Jessica Oudin, viola, Joe McFadden, bass
Atlanta Symphony Orchestra-Pre-Concert Chamber Music Series, Symphony Hall - Atlanta, GA

Stephen Sondheim: Into the Woods: No One Is Alone
Boston Pops Orchestra | John Williams, conductor
Album: Music of the Night: Pops on Broadway 1990
Sony 45567

Stephen Sondheim: A Little Night Music: Send in the Clowns
Boston Pops Orchestra | John Williams, conductor
Album: The Jukebox Album

Stephen Sondheim: Evening Primrose: I Remember
Lara Downes, piano
Album: For Lenny

Richard Wagner: Tristan and Isolde: Prelude and Liebestod (Love Death)
Cleveland Orchestra | George Szell, conductor
Album: Wagner Without Words
Sony 46286

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