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Britten's orchestra and Hindemith's metamorphosis

Composers Benjamin Britten and Paul Hindemith
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Composers Benjamin Britten and Paul Hindemith

Michael Stern and Dan Margolies celebrate the November birthdays of Paul Hindemith and Benjamin Britten. We'll hear three works from Britten including the ever popular "Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra," as well as Hindemith's "Symphonic Metamorphosis" and "Les preludes" by Franz Liszt.

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Michael Stern
Dan Margolies


Les préludes
by Franz Liszt
Live performance, October 2013

Peter Grimes - Four Sea Interludes and Passacaglia
by Benjamin Britten

The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra
by Benjamin Britten

Sinfonia Da Requiem
by Benjamin Britten

From the album "Britten's Orchestra"

Symphonic Metamorphosis
by Paul Hindemith

From the album "Miraculous Metamorphosis"

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Dan Margolies has been a reporter for the Kansas City Business Journal, The Kansas City Star, and KCUR Public Radio. He retired as a reporter in December 2022 after a 37-year journalism career.
Sam Wisman is a Senior Producer for 91.9 Classical KC and a backup announcer for KCUR 89.3. Email him at