Poster Les Deux Pigeons cast
Photo from the British premiere of "Les Deux Pigeons" (1906)
The Illustrated London News (1906) via Wikimedia Commons
Performance Today®

PT Weekend: André Messager's musical coo

The world of ballet is filled with images of graceful, colorful birds: Swan Lake. The Firebird. A famous bluebird in Sleeping Beauty. And a ballet about pigeons? On today's show, we'll hear music from The Two Pigeons, a ballet written by French composer Andre Messager in 1886. PLUS, Bruce Adolphe has this week's Piano Puzzler!

Episode Playlist

Hour 1

Dmitri Shostakovich: Prelude & Fugue No. 21 in B-flat major
Jenny Lin, piano
Album: Shostakovich: 24 Preludes & Fugues
Hanssler 98530

Reinhold Gliere: Three Duets for Violin and Cello, Op. 39
Sarah Oates, violin | Amir Eldan, cello
Maui Classical Music Festival, Makawao Union Church, Makawao, Maui, HI

Piano Puzzler
Contestant: Danusha Goska calling from Paterson, NJ

Dmitri Shostakovich: String Quartet No. 9 in E-flat Major, Op. 117
Maxwell Quartet
Bay Chamber Concerts, Rockport Opera House, Rockport, ME

Hour 2

An-Lun Huang: Saibei Dance from Saibei Suite No. 2
Chicago Sinfonietta | Mei-Ann Chen, conductor
Album: Delights and Dances
Cedille 141

Fanny Mendelssohn: Quartet in E-flat major
Castalian String Quartet
Spivey Hall, Clayton State University, Morrow, GA

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

André Messager, arr. Todd Palmer: Les Deux Pigeons: Movement 3 Pas des deux
Tara Helen O'Connor, flute | James Austin Smith, oboe | Todd Palmer, clarinet | Benjamin Beilman, violin | Alexi Kenney, violin | Masumi Per Rostad, viola | Nina Lee, cello | Anthony Manzo, double bass | Pedja Muzijevic, piano
Spoleto Festival USA Chamber Music Series, Dock Street Theatre, Charleston, SC

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