Poster Sketch of a man's face
German composer Franz Schreker (ca. 1922)
Heinrich Gottselig (1884–1935)
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Franz Schreker

Performance Today - April 3, 2024

Franz Schreker was an innovative Austrian composer in the early 1900s, but the Third Reich banned Schreker's music along with that of many other composers of Jewish origin. Now, some orchestras are reviving his music. We'll hear Franz Schreker's distinctive 'Kammersymphonie' ('Chamber Symphony') on today's show, with Alan Gilbert conducting the SummerFest Chamber Orchestra in La Jolla, California.

Episode Playlist

Hour 1

George Gershwin arr. Brad Dechter: Someone To Watch Over Me
Anne Akiko Meyers, violin | London Symphony Orchestra | Keith Lockhart, conductor
Album: Serenade: The Love Album
E One 7792

George Gershwin: An American in Paris
Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra | Louis Langree, conductor
Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Cincinnati Music Hall, Cincinnati, OH

Piano Puzzler
Contestants: Stephanie Anne & Susan Landers of Albuquerque, New Mexico

Igor Stravinsky, arr. Guido Agouti: Firebird Suite
Zhu Wang, piano
Honest Brook Music Festival, Delhi, NY

Hour 2

Carlos Chavez: String Quartet No. 1: Movement 1 Allegro
Cuarteto Latinoamericano
Album: Chavez
Urtext 109

Francisco Mignone: Essay One from Two Essays for string quartet
Cuarteto Latinoamericano
Fundacion Juan March, Madrid, Spain

Lowell Liebermann: Gargoyles, Op. 29
Clayton Stephenson, piano
Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, Bass Performance Hall, Fort Worth, TX

Franz Schreker: Kammersymphonie
SummerFest Chamber Orchestra | Alan Gilbert, conductor
La Jolla Music Society, The Baker-Baum Concert Hall at The Conrad Prebys Performing Arts Center, La Jolla, CA

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