March 12, 2008
Schumann's second symphony
Kurt Masur isn't the retiring sort. But, at the age of 80, he's giving up the last of his full-time conducting jobs, the position of music director with the French National Orchestra. Here's an opportunity to hear him lead that ensemble in a work that echoes with triumph, despite the fact that Schumann was trying to stave off mental illness while he wrote it.
Second movement from Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-flat Minor, Op. 1
Pianist Love Derwinger with the Malmo Symphony Orchestra and conductor Paavo Jarvi
Flute Quintet in E-flat, Op. 21, No. 6
Flutist Alexis Kossenko and the Cambini Quartet
The Palace of Versailles, Versailles, France
"The Piano Puzzler"
This week's contestant is Brandon Pederson from St. Paul, Minnesota.
Violin Concerto in E Minor, Op. 64
Violinist Veronika Eberle with the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra and conductor Paavo Jarvi
Rheingau Music Festival, Wiesbaden, Germany
Waltz from "The Sleeping Beauty"
The New York Philharmonic with conductor Kurt Masur
Jacob Van Eyck
"Een Schots Lietjen" ("A Little Scottish Song")
Marion Verbruggen, recorder
National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
"Reminiscences of the Alhambra"
Guitarist Xuefei Yang
Spivey Hall, Morrow, Georgia
Sonata a due, violino and viola da gamba
Julie Andrijeski, baroque violin; Patricia Halverson, viola da gamba; and Scott Pauley, theorbo
Synod Hall, Pittsburgh
Symphony No. 2 in C, Op. 61
The French National Orchestra with conductor Kurt Masur
Theatre des Champs-Elysees, Paris