December 12, 2008
Saying goodbye to the concert stage
After 60 years of great performances, legendary pianist Alfred Brendel will retire next week. Today we'll hear him in concert with the Cleveland Orchestra, playing Beethoven's third piano concerto in Cleveland. Franz Welser-Most conducts. We'll also air some listener comments and memories, wrapping up our week-long celebration of the Cleveland Orchestra.
Performance Today audio is available for seven days following broadcast.
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Allegretto from Piano Sonata in D, K. 576
Pianist Alfred Brendel
"Airs de Ballet d'Ascanio"
Flutist Eugenia Zukerman and pianist Adam Neiman
George Bush Conference Center, College Station, Texas
Ludwig van Beethoven
Piano Concerto No. 3 in C Minor, Op. 37
Pianist Alfred Brendel with the Cleveland Orchestra and conductor Franz Welser-Most
Severance Hall, Cleveland
Sir Lennox Berkeley
Allegretto from Symphony No. 1
The BBC National Orchestra of Wales with conductor Richard Hickox
Traditional (Arranged by Edgar Meyer and Chris Thile)
"The Wassail Song" and "All Through the Night"
Yo-Yo Ma, cello, Edgar Meyer, bass, and Chris Thile, mandolin
The BBC National Orchestra of Wales with conductor Thierry Fischer
Hugh Hodgson Concert Hall, Athens, Georgia