Poster Composer Darius Milhaud
Composer Darius Milhaud at work in 1926
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Milhaud: The Ox on the Roof

After returning to Paris from a working trip in Brazil, French composer Darius Milhaud wrote a piece filled with Brazilian rhythms and styles. We’ll hear it on today's show: The Ox on the Roof by Darius Milhaud, from a concert by the English Symphony Orchestra and conductor Kenneth Woods.

Episode Playlist

Hour 1

Darius Milhaud: Scaramouche, Op. 165c Movement 3: Brazileira
Branford Marsalis, alto saxophone | Orpheus Chamber Orchestra
Album: Branford Marsalis: Creation
Sony 89251

Darius Milhaud: Saudades Do Brasil, Op. 67: No. 9 Sumaré
Branford Marsalis, alto saxophone | Orpheus Chamber Orchestra
Album: Branford Marsalis: Creation
Sony 89251

Darius Milhaud, arr. Emil Bauer: Le boeuf sur le Toit (‘The Ox on the Roof’) Poeme Choregraphique
Zoë Beyers, solo violin | English Symphony Orchestra | Kenneth Woods, conductor
English Symphony Orchestra, Wyastone Concert Hall, Monmouth UK

George Morton: Mahler, A Final Frontier-Fantasy on Themes of Mahler and Courage
Colorado MahlerFest Chamber Orchestra | Kenneth Woods, conductor
Colorado MahlerFest, Macky Auditorium, Boulder, CO

Hugo Wolf: Italian Serenade
Balourdet String Quartet
Strings Music Festival, Strings Pavilion, Steamboat Springs, CO

Menachem Wiesenberg: Klezmer Suite
Silvia Simionescu, viola | Chen Halevi, clarinet | Winfried Holzenkamp, double bass | Cornelia Lenzin, piano
Mizmorim Festival, Stadtcasino, Basel, Switzerland

Hour 2

Edvard Grieg: Nocturne Op. 54/4
Leif Ove Andsnes, piano
Album: Grieg: Lyric Pieces (Performed on Grieg's Piano)

Henry Purcell, arr. Benjamin Britten: Chacony in G minor for String Quartet
Stella Chen, violin | Cho-Liang Lin, violin | Matthew Lipman, viola | Sihao He, cello
Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center & Lillian & Robert Utsey Chamber Music Series, Brooks Center for the Performing Arts, Clemson University, Clemson, SC

Harald Saeverud: Ballad of Revolt
Leif Ove Andsnes, piano
Spivey Hall, Clayton State University, Morrow, GA

Johannes Brahms: Concerto for Violin and Cello in A minor, Op. 102
William Hagen, violin | Andrei Ionita, cello | Aspen Philharmonic Orchestra | Scott Terrell, conductor
Aspen Music Festival and School, Benedict Music Tent, Aspen, CO

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