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Tall Tales

Ether Game asks: can you name this tune? Pierre can’t bear to lose her head again.

This opera was commissioned for the 100th anniversary of the Metropolitan Opera. It takes place in three separate planes of existence and centers on historical figures of late 18th-century France. In one plane, the ghosts of the writer Pierre Beaumarchais and Queen Antoinette fall in love. The queen is upset about her execution and Beaumarchais tries to cheer her up by writing a play for her. The stage for the play is the second plane of existence, and the third plane is the one occupied by real historical figures and events.

Music Heard On This Episode

Benjamin Britten: Paul Bunyan: Overture
Enligsh Chamber Orch/Steuart Bedford, cond. — Piano Concerto; Johnson Over Jordan (Naxos, 2005)
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Benjamin Britten: Paul Bunyan: Overture
Enligsh Chamber Orch/Steuart Bedford, cond. — Piano Concerto; Johnson Over Jordan (Naxos, 2005)
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Sergei Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 3: Finale
Lang Lang, piano/St. Petersburg Phil/Yuri Temerikanov, cond. — Piano Concerto No. 3, Scriabin Etudes (Telarc, 2002)
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Gustav Mahler: Des Knaben Wunderhorn: St. Anthony of Padua’s Sermon to the Fish
Lucia Popp, s/Concertgebouw Amsterdam Orch/Leonard Bernstein, cond. — Des Knaben Wunderhorn (Deutsche Grammophon, 1990)
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Cole Porter: You're the Top
Studio Cast — Anything Goes (1988 Studio Cast) (EMI Classics, 1990)
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Richard Wagner: Götterdämmerung: Act III
Wolfgang Windgassen, t/Vienna State Opera/Georg Solti, cond. — Gotterdammerung (Decca, 1997)
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Igor Stravinsky: Petrushka: Scene I
Philharmonia orch/Michael Tilson Thomas, cond. — The Essential Igor Stravinsky (Sony, 2003)
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György Ligeti: Mysteries of the Macabre
Håkan Hardenberger, tpt/Roland Pötinen, p — Aventures (Deutsche Grammophon, 2002)
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Claudio Monteverdi: L'Orfeo: In un Fiorito Prato; Tu Se Morta
Le Concert d’Astrée/Ian Bostridge, t — L'Orfeo (Virgin Classics, 2004)
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Frederick Loewe: Camelot: Overture; March
Original Broadway Cast — Camelot (Masterworks, 2009)
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Paul Dukas: Sorcerer's Apprentice
Berlin Phil/James Levine, cond. — Saint-Saëns: Symphony; Dukas: L'Apprenti Sorcier (Deutsche Grammophon, 1990)
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John Corigliano: Phantasmagoria
Yo-Yo Ma, cello/Emanuel Ax, piano — Phantasmagoria: Music of John Corigliano (Sony, 2000)
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Max Steiner: King Kong: Airplanes; Finale
Moscow Symphony Orch/William Stromberg, cond. — Max Steiner: King Kong (Naxos, 2005)
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Sheb Wooley: Purple People Eater
Sheb Wooley — Purple People Eater (Bear Family, 1997)
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