Poster Totality during the 1999 solar eclipse
Totality during the 1999 solar eclipse.
Luc Viatour
Performance Today®

Music for an eclipse

For many, seeing an extraordinary celestial event is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. On this episode of Performance Today, we'll celebrate today's total eclipse with celestial music, including a musical reference to a total eclipse from eight centuries ago. We'll hear the overture to Alexander Borodin's opera Prince Igor.

Episode Playlist

Hour 1

Augusta Read Thomas: Eclipse Musings: Movement 2 Playful and sparkling
Bonita Boyd, flute | Nicholas Goluses, guitar | Eastman Virtuosi Soloists | David Gilbert, conductor
Album: Chronicles of Discovery: American Music for Flute and Guitar
Albany Music Distribution 379

Alexander Borodin: Prince Igor: Overture
Vancouver Symphony Orchestra | Bramwell Tovey, conductor
Album: Borodin
CBC 5231

George Freideric Handel: Samson HWV 57, Act I, Scene 2: III: Total Eclipse
Matthew Newlin, tenor | Millenium Orchestra | Leonardo Garcia Alarcon, conductor
Album: George Frideric Handel: Samson
Ricercar 411

Aram Khachaturian: Masquerade: Nocturne
Janine Jansen, violin | Royal Philharmonic Orchestra | Barry Wordsworth, conductor
Album: Janine Jansen
London/Decca 200902

Ludwig van Beethoven: String Quartet No. 8 in E Minor, Op. 59, No. 2: Movement 2 molto adagio
Juilliard Quartet
Album: Beethoven: Quartet Op. 59 No. 2 "Rasumovsky"
Sony Classical 19439858752

Joseph Haydn: Quartet in B-flat Major, Op. 76, No. 4 "Sunrise" Movement 1: Allegro con Spirito
Escher String Quartet
Lillian & Robert Utsey Chamber Music Series, Brooks Center for the Performing Arts, Clemson, SC

Gustav Mahler: Symphony No. 2 in C Minor Movement 4: "Urlicht" (Primal Light)
Elisabeth Kulman, alto | Czech Philharmonic | Semyon Bychkov, conductor
Album: Mahler: Symphony No. 2
PentaTone Classics 5186992

Hour 2

Morten Lauridsen: Dirait-on (So They Say)
Los Angeles Guitar Quartet
Album: Air and Ground
Sony 89100

Michael Hedges, arr. LAGQ: Aerial Boundaries
Los Angeles Guitar Quartet
Beaches Fine Arts Series, St. Paul's by the Sea Church, Jacksonville, FL

Robert Fuchs: Trio in F-sharp minor, Op. 115: Movements 3-4
Adrienne Kim, piano | Louise Owen, violin | Michael Roth, viola
Central Vermont Chamber Music Festival, Chandler Center for the Arts, Randolph, VT

Antonin Dvorak: Cello Concerto in B minor, Op. 104, B.191: Movements 2-3
Jennifer Kloetzel, cello | Lexington Symphony | Jonathan McPhee, conductor
Lexington Symphony, Cary Memorial Hall, Lexington, MA

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