A Summer Salute to the Rhapsody

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This week's Showdown celebrates the genre of rhapsody — "a musical composition of irregular form having an improvisatory character," according to the Merriam-Webster dictionary — and offers three classic performances of well-known favorites.

You told us it's Georges Enescu's Romanian Rhapsody in A, Op. 11/1 that makes you rhapsodize. At noon we played a recording of it by the RCA Victor Orchestra under the direction of Leopold Stokowski.