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Feb 29
Lorin Maazel
On Tuesday, the orchestra performed an historic concert in Pyongyang, North Korea, becoming part of the largest American delegation to visit that country since the early 1950's. We'll have excerpts from that concert, including Lorin Maazel conducting Gershwin's "An American in Paris." And we'll talk with WNYC's John Schaefer, who was at the concert.
Feb 28
Renaud Capucon
Clara Schumann refused to publish her husband Robert's one and only violin concerto because she thought it was the music of a mad man. Just a year after he wrote it, Schumann was institutionalized in a sanitarium. But violinist Renaud Capucon hears great pain, beauty and triumph in the music. He'll talk about this lonely concerto before we hear him perform it in Berlin with Hans Graf and the German Symphony Orchestra, as our week of violin concertos continues.
Feb 27
Walt Disney Concert Hall
We'll spend much of today's show at Walt Disney Concert Hall in downtown Los Angeles. First, we'll hear the Los Angeles Philharmonic's concert master, Martin Chalifour, perform Erich Korngold's Violin Concerto with Jonathan Nott and the orchestra. Then Paavo Jarvi leads the L.A. Philharmonic in Rachmaninoff's "Vocalise" and the second half of his Second Symphony.
Feb 26
Gustavo Dudamel
Since their Proms debut in London last summer, Gustavo Dudamel and Venezuela's Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra have been the talk of the classical music world. There's so much fire, technical skill and interpretive flair in their performances that it's hard to believe that they're a youth orchestra. Hear what the buzz is about when they perform one of Beethoven's most emotion-packed symphonies in Boston.
Feb 25
If you love the sound of a solo violin, then this is the week for you to listen to PT. All week, we'll be presenting recent concert performances of great violin concertos, starting with one by the legendary virtuoso and showman, Niccolo Paganini. At a concert in Hamburg, Germany, Hungarian violinist Kristof Barati offers a fiery interpretation of Paganini's Second with Alexander Mickelthwate and the North German Radio Philharmonic.
Feb 23
Stephen Hough 2
Rachmaninoff was a pianist's pianist. And the pieces he composed can be spectacular showcases for a pianist's abilities. Among Rachmaninoff's four piano concertos, the second and third are heard fairly frequently. Far more rare is the fourth, but Stephen Hough tackles it at the Meyerson Symphony Center in Dallas.
Feb 22
They don't hand out those MacArthur "genius grants" to just anyone. Pianist Stephen Hough is the rare recipient who's more interpreter than creator. But what interpretations they are. He pinch-hit for an ailing pianist on a Philadelphia Orchestra concert, and delivered a thrilling performance of this Rachmaninoff Rhapsody at the Kimmel Center.
Feb 21
barnabas Kelemen
The Prague Chamber Philharmonic crosses the border to perform one of the great violin concertos in Zilina, Slovakia. Handling the soloing duties is the talented 29-year-old Hungarian violinist, Barnabas Kelemen, who is currently playing one of the world's great violins, a 1742 Guarneri.
Feb 20
A long-lost gem from Haydn's pen was found in a Prague museum in 1961, and has been a staple of the repertoire for cello soloists ever since. Alban Gerhardt gives it a fiery performance at Los Angeles' Disney Hall, one that pulses with energy and excitement.
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The Calder Quartet plays some Philip Glass before one of the most exhilarating works in the classical canon - Mendelssohn's "Italian" Symphony - is performed in Prague by Pavel Safarik and the Prague Chamber Orchestra. Alain Altinoglu leads the French National Orchestra in a Chausson symphony in Paris. And pianist Claude Frank plays Bach.
Feb 11
We'll have music and conversation with some of the freshly crowned classical Grammy winners, including composers Joan Tower and Peter Lieberson, pianist Garrick Ohlsson, violinist James Ehnes, and members of Eighth Blackbird and the Turtle Island Quartet. And we'll go to Amsterdam to hear Neeme Jarvi lead the Hague Philharmonic in Sibelius' Fifth Symphony.
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