Poster Fred Child and Bruce Adolphe
Fred Child & Bruce Adolphe
Photo: Jon Gohman
Performance Today®

PT Weekend: Our weekly musical game

Every week, composer Bruce Adolphe joins us for a musical game: the Piano Puzzler. Bruce re-writes a familiar tune in the style of a great composer, and we get one of our listeners on the phone who tries to guess the hidden tune and the composer whose style Bruce is imitating. Play along with the PT Piano Puzzler on this episode of Performance Today.

Episode Playlist

Hour 1

Claudio Monteverdi: "Zefiro torna, e di soavi accenti," SV 251, from Scherzi Musicali
Jeremy Denk, piano
Album: Jeremy Denk c. 1300-2000
Nonesuch 563316

Guiseppe Verdi: Overture to La forza del destino
Colorado Music Festival Orchestra | Peter Oundjian, conductor
Colorado Music Festival, Chautauqua Auditorium, Boulder, CO

Wang Jie: Flying on the Scaly Backs of Our Mountains
Colorado Music Festival Orchestra | Peter Oundjian, conductor
Colorado Music Festival, Chautauqua Auditorium, Boulder, CO

Piano Puzzler
Contestant: Eli Robbins calling from Peachtree City, GA

David Kirkland Garner: MELT
Alcides Rodriguez, clarinet | Helen Hwaya Kim, violin | Brad Ritchie, cello | Susan Welty, horn | Andrew Brady, bassoon | Julie Coucheron, piano
Atlanta Chamber Players, First Presbyterian Church of Atlanta, Atlanta, GA

Hour 2

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: String Quintet in C minor K. 406 Movement 2: Andante
Dover Quartet
Album: Dover Quartet Plays Mozart
Cedille 167

Joachim Raff: Cavatina, from Six Morceaux No. 3, Op. 85
Sherniyaz Mussakhan, violin | Swiss Orchestra | Lena-Lisa Wustendorfer, conductor
12 Concerts from Switzerland, Andermatt Concert Hall, Andermatt, Switzerland

Camille Saint-Saens: Morceau de Concert for Horn and Piano, Op. 94
Jeffrey Fair, horn | Paige Roberts Molloy, piano
Seattle Chamber Music Society, Center for Chamber Music, Seattle, WA

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, arr. Ignaz Lachner: Piano Concerto No 17 in G Major
Orli Shaham, piano | The Parker Quartet | Luca Lombardi, bass
Chamber Music Athens Festival, Bernard Ramsey Concert Hall, University of Georgia Performing Arts Center, Athens, GA

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Performance Today® features live concert recordings that can’t be heard anywhere else, highlights from new album releases, and in-studio performances and interviews. Performance Today® is based at the APM studios in St. Paul, Minnesota, but is frequently on the road, with special programs broadcast from festivals and public radio stations around the country. Also, each Wednesday, composer Bruce Adolphe joins host Fred Child for a classical musical game and listener favorite: the Piano Puzzler.

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