What Makes You Thankful?

This program originally aired November 28, 2009.

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Saturday, November 27, 2010

What music are you most thankful for? It's a harder question than it seems at first.

This week, we'll explore some of the music WQXR's hosts are most grateful for, like the Appalachia Waltz of Mark O'Connor, and the heartachingly beautiful Traumerei by Robert Schumann.

Also, a once-in-a-lifetime event...for composers. We'll hear Igor Stravinsky's one and only Mass, and Edvard Grieg's only Piano Sonata.


"Kinderszenen": 'Traumerei' (Dreaming), Op. 15/7
Robert Schumann
Vladimir Ashkenazy, piano
London/Decca 466462

Lord, How Come Me Here
Robert De Cormier Ensemble
Kathleen Battle, soprano
Hubert Laws, flute
Deutsche Grammophon 429790

Well Tempered Clavier, Book 1: Prelude and Fugue No. 14 in F# Minor, BWV 858
Johann Sebastian Bach
Glenn Gould, piano
CBS/Sony 42266

Si Koul, Bata
Well-Tempered 5178

At the River
Charles Ives
Theo Bleckmann, voice, live electronics
Winter & Winter 910147

Cristo Redentor
Duke Pearson
Donald Byrd, trumpet
Hank Mobley, tenor saxophone
Herbie Hancock, piano
Butch Warren, bass
Kenny Burrell, guitar
Lex Humphries, drums
Blue Note 99006

April in February
Misha Alperin
Misha Alperin, piano
ECM 1995

Two Waltzes on the Name of BACH
Nino Rota
Danielle Laval, piano
Valois 4698

Messe des Pauvres (Mass of the Poors)
Erik Satie
C. Bowers-Broadbent, organ
ECM 1495

"Appalachia Waltz"
Mark O'Connor
Mark O'Connor, violin
Yo-Yo Ma, cello
Edgar Meyer, double bass
CBS/Sony 68460

Andante cantabile in D, Op. 11/1
Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Bobby McFerrin, voice, etc
Bobby McFerrin, conductor
St. Paul Chamber Orchestra
CBS/Sony 64600

Nobody Knows de Trouble I See
George Crumb
Barbara Ann Martin, soprano
James Freeman, conductor
Orchestra 2001
Bridge 9275

Igor Stravinsky
Leonard Bernstein, conductor
English Bach Festival Chorus
Trinity Boys' Choir
English Bach Festival Orchestra
Deutsche Grammophon 423251

Piano Sonata in E Minor, Op. 7
Edvard Grieg
Leif Ove Andsnes, piano
Virgin 59300

Well Tempered Clavier, Book 1: Prelude and Fugue No. 1 in C Major, BWV 846
Johann Sebastian Bach
Glenn Gould, piano
CBS/Sony 42266

Comments [2]

Michael Meltzer

Considering the very high caliber of all the other artists in tonight's program, I'm surprised not to see the Stravinsky Mass in the benchmark recording by Margaret Hillis and the Chicago Symphony Chorus.

Nov. 27 2010 11:01 PM

Mr. McKnight....
I am VERY thankful to have just heard that recording of Ms. Battle singing a favorite spiritual of mine...As a singer, I am grateful that I've had the opportunities thus far in my life to share the music I feel that I've been given. I too, was not a kid who wanted to practice the piano..hahahaha..I don't recall how my mother would trick me into it, but somehow she did. Growing up in a baptist church as a kid, Spirituals were a commodity in our home - Thanks for putting it on the playlist tonight!


Nov. 27 2010 10:11 PM

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