March 11, 2009
His one and only symphony
At age 43, Johannes Brahms completed his first symphony. That was ancient by the standards of the day. Today, we'll hear a first symphony written by a much older composer, the 66-year-old Cesar Franck. Turns out, it was the only symphony he ever wrote. The critics didn't like it much when it premiered in 1889. But the work has endured. Today, we'll hear a performance of the symphony by the Metropolitan Orchestra of Greater Montreal.
Transcendental Etude No. 7 ("Eroica")
Pianist Nelson Goerner
String Sextet from "Capriccio," Op. 85
Clemson University, Clemson, South Carolina
Fourth movement from "Homage to Iran"
Violinist Jonathan Crow, pianist John Novacek, and Persian drummer John Kinzie
Colorado College Summer Music Festival, Colorado Springs, Colorado
"The Piano Puzzler"
This week's contestant is Jeannette McCormick from Choteau, Montana.
Ludwig van Beethoven
Third and fourth movements from Symphony No. 3 ("Eroica")
The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra with conductor Daniele Gatti
Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
Cellist Julian Lloyd Webber with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and conductor James Judd
Giovanni Antonio Pandolfi Mealli
Sonata "La Bernabea"
Matthias Maute, recorder, and Kristian Bezuidenhout, harpsichord
Boston Early Music Festival, Harvard, Massachusetts
Time for Three
UGA Ramsey Center, Athens, Georgia
Symphony in D Minor
The Metropolitan Orchestra of Greater Montreal with conductor Yannick Nezet-Seguin
Wilfrid Pelletier Hall, Montreal, Quebec