Alan Alda

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Sunday, April 03, 2005

Award-winning actor Alan Alda reveals his favorite composers include Chopin, Mozart and Gershwin, whose Rhapsody in Blue he first heard at age seven (at the time his father was playing George Gershwin in that film).

His decision to include Mozart’s Clarinet Quintet in the final episode of M*A*S*H introduced the work to millions of viewers. And while Chopin can fill him with sadness and longing, music has yet to move him to tears.


Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Clarinet Quintet in A major K. 581. The Elysium String Quartet. Stanley Drucker, Clarinet. Elysium Recordings GRK 716.

Ludwig van Beethoven The Late String Quartets: Quartet Op. 130 in B-Flat. Guarneri Quartet. RCA Victor Gold Seal 60458-2.

Antonio Vivaldi, The Four Seasons. "Winter" Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, Herbert von Karajan, Anne-Sophie Mutter, Violin. Musical Heritage Society 515322A.

Frédéric Chopin "Mazurka," Op. 17, No. 4 in A Minor. Artur Rubinstein, Piano. RCA Red Seal 7863-55614-2.

George Gershwin Rhapsody in Blue. Philadelphia Orchestra. Eugene Ormandy. Oscar Levant, Piano. CBS MK 42514.

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Alan Alda
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