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Jessie Montgomery: Starburst

Image of starburst galaxy Centaurus A European Southern Observatory (ESO)

August 01, 2022

A starburst is a galaxy undergoing an intense rate of star formation activity, with stars being created hundreds or thousands of times more rapidly than usual. Composer Jessie Montgomery found this to be the perfect metaphor for an ensemble she plays in, The Sphinx Virtuosi. Join us today for music that bursts with energy and color: "Starburst" by Jessie Montgomery.

Episode Playlist

Hour 1

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: String Quintet No. 2 in C Minor, K. 406: II. Andante
Michael Tree, violin | Dover Quartet
Album: Tribute
Cedille Records

Jessie Montgomery: Starburst
ROCO | Mei-Ann Chen, conductor
Cynthia Wood Mitchell Pavilion, Woodlands, TX

Paul Hindemith: String Quartet No. 3 Op. 16: Movement 3: Finale
Dover Quartet
Spivey Hall, Clayton State University, Morrow, GA

Nino Rota: La Strada, complete ballet
RAI Symphony Orchestra | John Axelrod, conductor
ITRAI, Arturo Toscanini RAI Auditorium, Turin, Italy

Hour 2

Frederic Chopin: Preludes Op. 28 Nos. 2, 7, 16
Rafal Blechacz, piano
Album: Chopin: The Complete Preludes
DG 10870

Reinhold Gliere: Selections from Eight Duos for Violin and Cello, Op. 39
Amy Schwartz Moretti, violin | Edward Arron, cello
Seattle Chamber Music Society, Nordstrom Recital Hall at Benaroya Hall, Seattle, WA

Peter Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 2 in G Major, Op. 44: Movements 2-3
Alexandre Kantorow, piano | State Academic Symphony Orchestra of Russia | Vasily Petrenko, conductor
The XVI International Tchaikovsky Competition, Great Hall of the Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory, Moscow, Russia

Frederic Chopin: Fantasy in F minor
Evren Ozel, piano
Schubert Club and Chopin Society of MN, Ordway Concert Hall, St Paul, MN