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More than Three B’s

can you name this tune? Go to the land of balalaikas and Boris Godunov and see what you can come up with…

Although this composer’s output was quite small, it seems incredible once you consider that music wasn’t his primary profession.

Composition was a side-career, done when he wasn’t busy as a researcher and professor of chemistry.

Understandably, then, his larger works took a great deal of time to complete. This selection was his only fully worked-out opera.

At the time of his death, he had been working on it for nearly twenty years, and still it wasn’t quite finished.

Famous for its ethnic dances, the opera is set during the medieval period in which the growing Russian empire battled a nomadic Central Asian tribe…

Music Heard On This Episode

Brahms, Johannes: Symphony 1: Movement 1 Excerpts
Berlin Philharmonic/Herbert von Karajan, cond. — Brahms, Schumann: Symphony No. 1 / Karajan, Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra (Deutsche Grammophon, 1996)
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Brahms, Johannes: Symphony 1: Movement 1 Excerpts
Berlin Philharmonic/Herbert von Karajan, cond. — Brahms, Schumann: Symphony No. 1 / Karajan, Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra (Deutsche Grammophon, 1996)
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Beethoven, Ludwig van: To the Distant Beloved
Ben Heppner, tenor/Craig Rutenberg, piano — Ben Heppner - Dedication (RCA, 1998)
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Borodin, Alexander: Prince Igor: Konchakovna's Aria
Ewa Podles, contralto/Philharmonia of Russia/Constantine Orbelian, cond. — Ewa Podles · Russian Arias (Delos Records , 2002)
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Bizet, George: The Pearl Fishers: I Believe that I Still Hear Her Voice
Leopold Simoneau, tenor/Orchestre des Concerts Lamoreux/Jean Fournet, cond. — The Best of Bizet (Philips, 1994)
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Berg, Alban: Seven Early Songs: Night, Summer Days
Anne Sofie von Otter, mezzo-soprano/Bengt Forsberg, piano — Love's Twilight (Dg Imports, 1994)
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Buxtehude, Dietrich: Prelude in E minor
Hans Davidsson, organ — Dieterich Buxtehude and the Mean-Tone Organ (Loft Recordings, 1997)
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Bowie, David: Subterraneans
David Bowie — Low (Virgin Records Us, 1977)
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Boccherini, Luigi: Cello Concerto in B flat: Allegro
Yo-Yo Ma, cello/Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra/Ton Koopman, cond. — Simply Baroque II (Sony, 2000)
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Berio, Luciano: Sinfonia: Movement III "With Quickly Flowing Motion"
Electric Phoenix/Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra/Riccardo Chailly, cond. — Luciano Berio: Formazioni / Folk Songs / Sinfonia (London, 1990)
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Baxter, Les: Quiet Village, Bacoa
Les Baxter and his Orchestra — Space Escapade (El Records, 2009)
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Bach, Johann Sebastian: Italian Concerto: Movement I
Andras Schiff, piano — Bach: The Six French Suites (Decca, 1993)
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Brubeck, Dave: To Hope! A Celebration: Alleluia
Cathedral Choral Society Chorus & Orchestra/Russell Gloyd, cond. — To Hope! A Celebration (Telarc, 1996)
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Burt Bacharach, Barney Williams, Mack David: Baby It's You
The Shirelles — Baby It's You / The Shirelles And King Curtis Give A Twist (Ace Records UK, 2008)
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