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Mar 31
Igor Stravinsky
The classical music writer for the New Yorker magazine reads from his best-selling book, "The Rest is Noise," and talks about Stravinsky before we hear Esa-Pekka Salonen and the Los Angeles Philharmonic play music from "The Rite of Spring."
Mar 29
Yo-Yo Ma
O.K., we don't have them playing together. But cellist Yo-Yo Ma will talk about developing his own style before he plays the Dvorak concerto with Hans Graf and the Houston Symphony. And pianist Lang Lang joins Fred Child in the studio for some conversation and a Chinese folk tune.
Mar 28
There are few more stirring and majestic works than Igor Stravinsky's "Firebird" Suite. And there are few more stirring and majestic settings than the Grand Teton Mountains of Wyoming. We'll go there to hear Andrey Boreyko lead the Grand Teton Festival Orchestra in Stravinsky's "Firebird."
Mar 27
Antonin Dvorak
Antonin Dvorak was inspired by the sound of birds when he wrote his Eighth Symphony. But it's also a work of widely varying emotions, of ebullient joy and deep sorrow. From Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, David Robertson leads the L.A. Philharmonic in a stirring performance.
Mar 26
Mozart
Has a new portrait of Mozart been discovered? Mozart scholar Daniel Leeson thinks so, and he'll explain the key clues uncovered in his investigation. Then we'll go to Cincinnati, where flutist Sharon Bezaly plays Mozart's Second Flute Concerto and Andante for Flute and Orchestra with Paavo Jarvi and the Cincinnati Symphony.
Mar 25
Yo-Yo Ma
O.K., we don't have them playing together. But cellist Yo-Yo Ma will talk about developing his own style before he plays the Dvorak concerto with Hans Graf and the Houston Symphony. And pianist Lang Lang joins Fred Child in the studio for some conversation and a Chinese folk tune.
Mar 24
kovacevich
Pianist Stephen Kovacevich will describe the pain involved in Beethoven's First Piano Concerto before playing it with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. And Boris Berezovsky tackles two of Leopold Godowsky's extremely demanding Chopin transcriptions in Suffolk, England.
Mar 22
Nicholas McGegan
Conductor Nicholas McGegan will take you on a colorful guided tour of Haydn's 92nd Symphony before leading the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra in a performance of the work in St. Paul. Then we'll travel south to Northfield, where the male chorus, Cantus, will sing Thomas Tallis'"Lamentations of Jeremiah."
Mar 21
J S Bach
We'll mark the 323rd anniversary of the birth of Johann Sebastian Bach with performances of two of his greatest works. In Richmond, Virginia, Jos van Veldhoven leads the Netherlands Bach Society in the Kyrie and Credo from the Mass in B Minor. Then Sir John Eliot Gardiner talks about the man behind the music before conducting the Monteverdi Choir, London Oratory Junior Choir and English Baroque Soloists in excerpts from a work written for Good Friday, the "St. Matthew Passion."
Mar 20
Alan Gilbert
Alan Gilbert is the next music director of the New York Philharmonic. But we'll catch up with him on the opposite coast, as he leads the L.A. Philharmonic in a suite from Richard Strauss' opera, "Der Rosenkavalier," a work that lilts with waltzes reminiscent of another Strauss.
Mar 19
Faure was an organist who played plenty of funerals. So, when he set out to compose a requiem, he wanted to do something different, create a work more concerned with comfort than grief. We'll have excerpts from a concert performance in Bellingham, Washington, by Michael Palmer and the Bellingham Festival Orchestra and Chorus.
Mar 18
Nicholas McGegan
Conductor Nicholas McGegan will take you on a colorful guided tour of Haydn's 92nd Symphony before leading the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra in a performance of the work in St. Paul. Then we'll travel south to Northfield, where the male chorus, Cantus, will sing Thomas Tallis'"Lamentations of Jeremiah."
Mar 17
james galway
Among our offerings today are a Vivaldi/Celtic combination, flutist James Galway playing music of Hamilton Harty, and a bit of "Danny Boy" from the U.S. Marine Band. And Barry Douglas is both soloist and conductor for a performance of Beethoven's Second Piano Concerto with Camerata Ireland.
Mar 15
Johannes Brahms
We'll have a couple of performances from the lively Philly classical scene on the show today. First, pianist Ignat Solzhenitsyn plays a Brahms Scherzo at a Curtis Institute alumni recital. Then, the East Coast Chamber Orchestra performs Tchaikovsky's Serenade for Strings.
Mar 14
We'll have a couple of performances from the lively Philly classical scene on the show today. First, pianist Ignat Solzhenitsyn plays a Brahms Scherzo at a Curtis Institute alumni recital. Then, the East Coast Chamber Orchestra performs Tchaikovsky's Serenade for Strings.
Mar 13
When it comes to playing cadenzas, pianist Robert Levin doesn't believe in doing it by the book. He improvises them whenever he performs a concerto. Hear what he came up with Dallas when he plays Mozart's 24th with Claus Peter Flor and the Dallas Symphony.
Mar 12
Kurt Masur
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.
Mar 11
Daniel Barenboim West-Eastern Divan Orchestra
Conductor Daniel Barenboim formed the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra with young musicians from several Middle Eastern countries. The group performed an historic concert in the Palestinian city of Ramallah on the West Bank, and we'll go there to hear performances of a Mozart Sinfonia Concertante and some of Sir Edward Elgar's "Enigma" Variations.
Mar 10
Shostakovich
The symphonies of Shostakovich are powerful musical testaments to a creative life lived under the burden of an oppressive government. And a deep understanding of that comes through in this exceptionally powerful performance of the third and fourth movements. Conductor Yuri Temirkanov leads the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra in concert in Birmingham, England.
Mar 8
Renowned English pianist Imogen Cooper is known for her brilliance with the music of Mozart and Schubert. Now, after four decades on the concert stage, she's performing Bach for the first time. She stopped by our St. Paul studios earlier this week to talk about this new adventure, and to play a Bach partita.
Mar 7
Pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet performs works both intimate and expansive on today's "Performance Today." From West Palm Beach, Florida, he'll offer a pair of etudes by Chopin. And we'll follow him to Geneva, Switzerland, where he plays Camille Saint-Saens'"Egyptian" Concerto with Bertrand de Billy and the Orchestra of the Suisse Romande.
Mar 6
Renowned English pianist Imogen Cooper is known for her brilliance with the music of Mozart and Schubert. Now, after four decades on the concert stage, she's performing Bach for the first time. She stopped by our St. Paul studios earlier this week to talk about this new adventure, and to play a Bach partita.
Mar 5
Jordi Savall
We'll travel to Coral Gables, Florida, to hear music from the Spanish baroque performed by violinist Jordi Savall and Hesperion XXI. And Kristian Bezuidenhout will sit down at the harpsichord and offer a Toccata by Johann Froberger.
Mar 4
osmo vanska
Critics have been raving about the Minnesota Orchestra's recordings of the Beethoven symphonies. Find out what's so special about conductor Osmo Vanska's take on Beethoven when they perform the Second Symphony at a concert in Minneapolis.
Mar 3
Simon Rattle
New Year's Eve is a big deal in Berlin. An estimated million people converge upon the center of the city every year for a celebration. And you can feel that sense of excitement in a New Year's Eve performance of Modest Mussorgsky's masterpiece by Sir Simon Rattle and the Berlin Philharmonic. Even if you've heard this piece many times before, we think that you'll find this a particularly thrilling interpretation.
Mar 1
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.