Years ago I was a contestant in a live, Jeopardy-like quiz show hosted by conductor Peter Bay and the RPO at the Finger Lakes Performing Arts Center. Fresh out of college, I thought I knew a lot about music.Boy, did I eat humble pie.
Listeners from England and Rochester guessed (correctly) Thursday's mystery piece. At 6:40 a.m. we heard a waltz from a ballet composed in 1875 as a commission for the Russian Imperial Theatres in Moscow: Valse intrada I from Tchaikovskyâ€™s Swan Lake. It was unsuccessful after its first year of performance.
Congratulations to Susan in Alfred and Bob listening in Rochester.They identified Wednesdayâ€™s mystery piece, a suite of waltzes by one of the most remarkable composers of the 20th century.He â€śran the gamut of styles without losing his own,â€ť writes cellist David Moore
Robert SchumannToday we heard Johnathan Biss playing a selection from Robert Schumannâ€™s Papillons (Butterflies).He "made himself a new ideal world in which he moved almost as he wills," according to one contemporary critic.Musicians are celebratin