January 26, 2010
Music of Life and Death
Johannes Brahms lived another twelve years after finishing his fourth and final symphony. Even so, conductor Simon Rattle hears a man facing his own mortality in the music. Rattle shares his insights into this monumental work, in the final installment of our look at the symphonies of Brahms. And he leads the Berlin Philharmonic in a live performance. We also note the passing of eminent American pianist Earl Wild, who died this past weekend at the age of 94.
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Guitarist Sharon Isbin
Third movement from String Quartet No. 2 ("Intimate Letters")
The Emerson String Quartet
LeFrak Concert Hall, New York City
Symphony No. 4 in E Minor, Op. 98
The Berlin Philharmonic with conductor Simon Rattle
Philharmonie, Berlin, Germany
Nocturne in E-flat, Op. 55, No. 2
Pianist Maria Joao Pires
Johann Sebastian Bach
Excerpts from "The Art of Fugue," BWV 1080
The cellists of the Berlin Philharmonic
Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany
"Nel suo Amore Rianimata," from "Siberia"
Soprano Renee Fleming and pianist Gerald Martin Moore
Benaroya Hall, Seattle
Piano Concerto No. 2 in C Minor, Op. 18
Pianist Yuja Wang with the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra and conductor Long Yu
Copley Symphony Hall, San Diego, California