Poster Michael Kurth
Michael Kurth, composer and double bass player
Jeff Roffman
Performance Today®

Michael Kurth

Composer Michael Kurth's sense of humor shines in nearly everything he does. Join us today to hear a thoughtful, playful piece of 21st-century music by Kurth: the Sonata for English Horn and Piano.

Episode Playlist

Hour 1

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Overture from Così fan tutte
Berlin Philharmonic | Daniel Barenboim, conductor
Album: Mozart: Cosi Fan Tutte - Highlights
Erato 94821

William Grant Still: Panamanian Dances
Berlin Symphony Orchestra | Isaiah Jackson, conductor
Album: William Grant Still: La Guiablesse, Danzas de Panama, Quit Dat Fool'nish, Summerland
Koch 7154

Piano Puzzler
Contestant: Kristen Zoetewey calling from Grand Rapids, MI

Michael Kurth: Sonata for English Horn and Piano
Emily Brebach, English horn | Tim Whitehead, piano
Atlanta Symphony Orchestra-Pre-Concert Chamber Music Series, Symphony Hall, Atlanta, GA

Hour 2

Morton Gould: Fall River Legend: Hymnal Variations
New Zealand Symphony Orchestra | James Sedares, conductor
Album: Thompson: Symphony No. 1 | Gould: Fall River Suite
Koch 7181

Zoltan Kodaly: Dances of Marosszek
ROCO | Mei-Ann Chen, conductor
ROCO, Cynthia Wood Mitchell Pavilion, Woodlands, TX

Antonio Martin y Coll: Variations on La Folia
Hespèrion XXI: Jordi Savall, viola da gamba | Xavier Diaz-Latorre, chitarra | Andrew Lawrence-King, Spanish baroque harp | Pedro Estevan, percussion
Collegio Papio, Ascona, Switzerland

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

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