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Mary Kouyoumdjian

Mary Kouyoumdjian, composer© Dominica Eriksen

June 16, 2022

There's a photo of a young boy in an abandoned train station in Albania. The boy turns an old water bottle into a toy, and he's lost in his world of play, despite the refugee crisis around him. On today's show, hear music inspired by that photo, "A Boy and a Makeshift Toy," by Armenian-American composer Mary Kouyoumdjian.

Episode Playlist

Hour 1

Grazyna Bacewicz: Two Oberki
Piotr Plawner, violin | Ewa Kupiec, piano
Album: Grazyna Bacewicz: Sonatas for Violin and Piano
Hanssler 93117

Francis Poulenc: Concerto for Two Pianos in D minor
Christina Naughton, Michelle Naughton, pianos | Grand Teton Music Festival Orchestra | James Feddeck, conductor
Grand Teton Music Festival, Walk Festival Hall, Jackson Hole, WY

Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach: Sinfonia in B-flat Major, Wq 182/2
Geoff Nuttall, Owen Dalby, Livia Sohn, and Benjamin Beilman, violins | Lesley Robertson and Daniel Phillips, violas | Christopher Costanza and Joshua Roman, cellos | Anthony Manzo, double bass | Pedja Muzijevic, harpsichord
The Bank of America Chamber Music Series, Spoleto Festival USA, Dock Street Theater, Charleston, SC

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Quartet for Oboe, Violin, Viola, and Cello in F Major, K. 370
James Austin Smith, oboe | Ani Kavafian, violin | Ettore Causa, viola | Mihai Marica, cello
Bridgehampton Chamber Music, Bridgehampton Presbyterian Church, Bridgehampton, NY

Hour 2

Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov: Serenade, Op. 37
Steven Isserlis, cello | The Chamber Orchestra of Europe
Album: Tchaikovsky, Cui, Glazunov, Rimsky-Korsakov
Virgin 91134

Mary Kouyoumdjian, arr. Elisabeth Remy Johnson: A Boy and a Makeshift Toy
Jessica Oudin, viola | Elisabeth Remy Johnson, harp
Atlanta Symphony Orchestra-Pre-Concert Chamber Music Series, Symphony Hall - Atlanta, GA

Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov: Capriccio espagnol Op. 34
Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra | Ryan Bancroft, conductor
Stockholm Concert Hall, Stockholm, Sweden

Anthony Ritchie: Piano Concerto No. 3
Stephen de Pledge, piano | New Zealand Symphony Orchestra | Gemma New, conductor
Michael Fowler Centre, Wellington, New Zealand