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Ether Game asks: can you name this tune? Don’t “rush” to judgment too quickly!

The success of this composer’s first symphony left him on top of the world, but this comfortable position was not to last. In fact, his toppling was probably orchestrated because he was so famous, as a demonstration of official power over artists. Hostile, threatening reviews of two of his works led to the withdrawal of this bracingly modern work for nearly thirty years! Whether or not he “meant it,” his next, far more conventional fifth symphony was self-described as a “response to just criticism.”…

Music Heard On This Episode

Ludwig van Beethoven: The Glorious Moment
Orchestra of St Luke's/Collegiate Chorale/Soloists/Robert Bass, cond. — Beethoven: Cantates (Koch Int'l Classics, 1997)
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Ludwig van Beethoven: The Glorious Moment
Orchestra of St Luke's/Collegiate Chorale/Soloists/Robert Bass, cond. — Beethoven: Cantates (Koch Int'l Classics, 1997)
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Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6: Allegro con Grazia
Chicago Symphony Orchestra/Fritz Reiner, cond. — Reiner Conducts Tchaikovsky (RCA, 1996)
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Antonio Salieri: Concerto in C for Flute, and Oboe
Anthony Camden, oboe/Peter Llyod, flute/City of London Sinfonia/Nicholas Ward, cond. — Italain Oboe Concertos (Naxos, 2002)
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George Frideric Handel: Rinaldo: Let me Lament my Harsh Fate
Jessye Norman, soprano/Geoffrey Rush, piano — Jessye Norman Live (Philips, 1990)
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Richard Wagner: Walkure: Ride of the Valkyries
Berlin Philharmonic/Herbert von Karajan, cond. — Karajan Spectacular (Deutsche Grammophon, 1998)
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Felix Mendelssohn: String Octet in E flat: Scherzo, Allegro Leggierissimo
Guarneri and Orion String Quartets — String Quartet No. 3 in D Major, Octet in E-Flat Major for Strings (Arabesque Recordings, 2009)
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Dmitri Shostakovich: Symphony No. 4: Presto
Kirov Orchestra/Valery Gergiev, cond. — Shostakovich: Symphony No. 4 (Philips, 2004)
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John Adams: Slominsky's Earbox: Excerpts
The Hallé Orchestra/Kent Nagano, cond. — Johan de Meij & John Adams (Q-Disc, 2005)
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Alban Berg: Altenberg Songs
Margaret Price, soprano/London Symphony Orchesta/Claudio Abbado, cond. — Lulu Suite, Altenberg-Lieder (Dg Imports, 1997)
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Erik Satie: Ko-Quo's Childhood; Sonatina Bureacratique
Jean-Yves Thibaudet, piano — Magic of Satie (Decca, 2002)
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John Cage: Our Spring Will Come
Steffen Schleiermacher, prepared piano — Complete Piano Music, Vol. 1 (MD&G Records, 1997)
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Sofia Gubaidulina: Seven Words: It Is Finished; Father, Into Thy Hands I Commend My Spirit
Maria Kliegel, cello/Elsbeth Moser, bayan/Camerata Transslyvanica/György Selmeczi, cond. — Seven Words; Silenzio; In Croce (Naxos, 1996)
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Bob Dylan & Johnny Cash: Girl From the North Country, Nashville Skyline Rag
Bob Dylan — Freewheelin Bob Dylan (Sony, 2004)
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