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Week of July 11, 2011

Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra
Hans Graf, conductor

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FAURÉ: Suite from Pelléas and Mélisande, Opus 80
RAVEL: Ma Mère l'Oye (Mother Goose) Ballet Music
SCHUBERT: Symphony No. 4 in C Minor, D. 417 Tragic
BRITTEN: Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge -Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Douglas Boyd, conductor (SPCO Live Recording 090926)

It's possible that Schubert would be amazed - or at least surprised - that these days we're listening to his symphonies. He wrote his fourth when he was just 19, and while it's labeled "Tragic" it has a bounce and jauntiness that only a kid could create.

This week's encore contest winner was Richard Weil of Waialua, HI. He correctly identified Variations on a Shaker Tune (Simple Gifts) from "Appalachian Spring" by Aaron Copland.

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Hans Graf

Gabriel Faure

Maurice Ravel

Franz Schubert