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The Great, White North

Can you guess this piece? Here's a hint: these concertos are for girls!

This composer was also one of the most noted violin virtuosi of his time. One witness claimed that his cadenzas “really terrified me because such [cadenzas] have not been nor can ever be played.” This virtuosity translated into his compositions as well, as is evidenced in this piece. The accompanying sonnet notes the dichotomy between chilly weather and beautiful music.

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Sergei Prokofiev: Troika; Kije's Wedding
Los Angeles Philharmonic/André Previn — Alexander Nevsky; Lieutenant Kije (Telarc, 1990)
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Sergei Prokofiev: Troika; Kije's Wedding
Los Angeles Philharmonic/André Previn — Alexander Nevsky; Lieutenant Kije (Telarc, 1990)
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Henry Purcell: Frost Chorus; Tis love that has warmed us
Les Arts Florissants/William Christie — King Arthur (Erato, 1995)
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Astor Piazolla: Four Seasons: Winter in Buenos Aires
Trio Amade — Obseción (Klavier, 2003)
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Johann Sebastian Bach: Goldberg Variations
Glenn Gould — A State of Wonder: The Complete Goldberg Variations (Sony, 2002)
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Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov: Snow Maiden Suite: Dance of the Birds; Dance of the Tumblers
Scottish National Orch/Neeme Järvi — Suites (Chandos, 1992)
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George Frideric Handel: Concerto Grosso in C, HWV 318
English Consort/Trevor Pinnock — Royal Fireworks Music · Concerto Grosso "Alexander's Feast" · Overtures (Archiv Produktion, 1995)
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Benjamin Britten: Canadian Carnival Overture
City of Birmingham Sym/Simon Rattle — Rattle Conducts Britten (EMI Classics, 2000)
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Scott Joplin: Maple Leaf Rag
Cincinnati Pops/Erich Kunzel — American Piano Classics (Telarc, 1993)
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Franz Schubert: Numbness; Looking back
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau; Gerald Moore — Winterreise D.911 (Dg Imports, 1985)
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Domenico Cimarosa: Three Keyboard Sonatas
Evgeny Soifertis — Keyboard Sonatas (Meridian, 2005)
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Antonio Vivaldi: Winter: Allegro
Il Giardino Armonico/Enrico Onofri — Vivaldi: The Four Seasons (Teldec, 1994)
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James Mobberley: North coast cool
Merit Percussion Ens. — Merit School of Music (MSM, 2002)
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Leonard Cohen: So Long, Marianne
Leonard Cohen — So Long, Marianne (Columbia Europe, 1995)
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