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Literary Inspirations

Can you guess this tune? It's the deal of a lifetime...and after!

One of the most famous characters in German literature is a doctor who sells his soul to the Devil in order to gain all the knowledge the world. This selection is one of the most popular hits from a famous French adaptation of this German classic.

Music Heard On This Episode

Joseph Haydn (1732-1809): THE CREATION: In fullest splendor now the sun arises & The heavens are telling the glory of God
John Eliot Gardiner/The Monteverdi Choir The English Baroque Soloists — Haydn: Die Schöpfung (Archiv, 2007)
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Joseph Haydn (1732-1809): THE CREATION: In fullest splendor now the sun arises & The heavens are telling the glory of God
John Eliot Gardiner/The Monteverdi Choir The English Baroque Soloists — Haydn: Die Schöpfung (Archiv, 2007)
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Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990): CANDIDE: Overture
Leonard Bernstein/London Symphony Orchestra — Bernstein Conducts Candide (Deutsche Grammaphon, 1997)
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Richard Strauss (1864-1949): TILL EULENSPIEGEL’S MERRY PRANKS
Vladimir Ashkenazy/The Cleveland Orchestra — Strauss: Alpine Symphony (Eine Alpensinfonie)/Till Eulenspiegels Lustige Streiche (London/Decca, 1989)
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Franz Liszt (1811-1886): YEARS OF PILGRIMAGE: After a Reading of Dante
Stephen Hough, piano — Liszt: Piano Works (Virgin Classics, 2005)
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Henry Purcell (1659-1695): DIDO & AENEAS: Excerpt from Act 1
Ian Bostridge, tenor (Aeneas); Camilla Tilling, soprano (Belinda); The European Voices; Emmanuelle Haim/Le Concert d’Astree — Purcell: Dido and Aeneas (Virgin Veritas, 2004)
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Phillip Glass (b. 1930): DRACULA: The End of Dracula
The Kronos Quartet — Philip Glass: Dracula (Nonesuch, 1999)
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Umberto Giordano (1867-1948): ANDREA CHENIER: “One Day to the Blue Spaces”
Placido Domingo, tenor; Nello Santi/Orchestra of the Deutsch Oper Berlin — Giordano: Andrea Chénier (RCA, 1999)
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Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873-1943): THE BELLS: 1st movement
Karl Dent, tenor; Robert Shaw/Atlanta Symphony Orchestra & Chorus — Adams: Harmonium - Rachmaninov: The Bells (Telarc, 1996)
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Luca Marenzio (1553-1599): SOLO E PENSOSO (Alone and pensive)
Claudio Cavina/La Venexiana — Marenzio: Il Nono Libro De Madrigali (Glossa, 1999)
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Jean Sibelius (1865-1957): KULLERVO: Introduction
Paavo Berglund/Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra — Sibelius: The Complete Symphonies & Tone Poems (EMI Classics, 2001)
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Hector Berlioz (1840-1893) : Hungarian March
Paul Paray/Detroit Symphony Orchestra — Berlioz: Roman Carnival Overture, Op. 9; Symphonie fantastique, Op. 14 (Polygram, 1993)
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Franz Schmidt (1874-1939): NOTRE DAME: You are saved, my soul!
Hartmut Welker, bass-baritone (The Archdeacon); Kurt Moll, bass (Quasimodo); Christof Perick/Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra — Franz Schmidt: Notre Dame (Capriccio, 1992)
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Stephen Flaherty (b. 1960): Ragtime: "Til we reach that day"
Original Broadway Cast — Ragtime (RCA Victor Broadway, 1998)
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