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May 31
Saint-Saens
This weekend on PT violinist Corey Cerovsek and pianist Wendy Chen perform a Saint-Saens sonata in Athens, Georgia. And Jeffrey Kahane leads the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra in Haydn's 98th Symphony in Westwood, California.
May 30
After we hear William Walton's musical evocation of this etching by Thomas Rowlandson, Fred Child sits down in our Maud Moon Weyerhaeuser Music Studio for a chat with pianist Rudolf Buchbinder. He's a lover of the live experience: Almost all of his recordings are from concerts. But he'll break with form by playing Schubert and Johann Strauss in the studio. Then we'll go to Amsterdam to hear him perform music from Brahms' Second Piano Concerto.
May 29
Valery Gergiev
There's a new PBS documentary about conductor Valery Gergiev called "Maestro." We'll meet up with the maestro in Amsterdam, where he'll lead the Rotterdam Philharmonic in Mozart's final (and arguably greatest) symphony, the "Jupiter." We'll also go to a recital in London, where the all-star team of violinist Joshua Bell and cellist Steven Isserlis performs some duets by Reinhold Gliere.
May 28
king's singers
On May 1st, 1968, a group of six choral scholars from King's College in Cambridge, England, performed their first concert. On May 1st of this year, the King's Singers performed a 40th anniversary concert at King's College, Cambridge, inviting their alumni and the King's College Choir to join them. We'll go there to hear them sing works by Jan Sweelinck, Max Reger and Bob Chilcott.
May 27
This outstanding pianist joined conductor Thomas Dausgaard and the Swedish Chamber Orchestra on their recent U.S. tour, offering critically acclaimed performances of Beethoven's First Piano Concerto. We'll join them at Cleveland's Severance Hall, where they delivered a powerful interpretation.
May 26
Samuel Barber
The disparate moods of Memorial Day - celebrating the unofficial start of summer and honoring those who have died for our country - are reflected in two pieces by Samuel Barber. The Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet plays his "Summer Music" in Athens, Georgia. And the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra offers his Adagio for Strings in Denver.
May 24
Susan Graham
This weekend on PT, we'll have an hour on poetry, featuring a conversation with mezzo-soprano Susan Graham and a tribute to Federico Garcia Lorca. Then we'll have pianist and poet Stephen Hough talking about what words can do that music can't, and vice versa. He also plays pieces by Emmanuel Chabrier and Mendelssohn in Denver.
May 23
Our week on music and literature concludes with a conversation with composer Ned Rorem and librettist J.D. McClatchy. They created an opera version of Thornton Wilder's classic play, "Our Town," and they have some interesting ideas - and some strong disagreements -- about the intersection of words and music. And we'll listen to excerpts from a Juilliard production in New York.
May 22
Stephen Hough 2
Our week on the confluence of music and literature continues with pianist and poet Stephen Hough talking about what words can do that music can't, and vice versa. He also plays pieces by Emmanuel Chabrier and Mendelssohn in Denver. Then poet Bill Holm reads a poem inspired by Liszt's "Romance Oubliee" before we hear it played by violinist Rachel Barton Pine.
May 21
Georg Philip Telemann
Our week of exploring the intersections between literature and music continues with music inspired by novels... and music that inspired novels. Telemann channels Jonathan Swift, Charles Ives pays homage to the Alcotts, and a Beethoven work gives birth to a Tolstoy novella. Then there are Richard Strauss' take on "Don Quixote," Reynaldo Hahn's Proustian piano pieces, and the poetry that launched Vivaldi's "The Four Seasons."
May 20
We're devoting the week to the confluence of music and literature. And we'll hear interesting insights on the subject from composer Dominick Argento and bass-baritone Thomas Quasthoff before hearing some Argento from Minneapolis and Quasthoff singing Schubert in Berlin.
May 19
Susan Graham
We're devoting this week to the places where music meets great writing. Today, we'll have an hour on poetry, featuring a conversation with mezzo-soprano Susan Graham and a tribute to Federico Garcia Lorca. Then we'll explore how myths and legends are retold in instrumental music by Schubert, Cesar Franck, Richard Strauss, Debussy and Bill McGlaughlin.
May 17
Chopin
Christian Zacharias was an award-winning pianist before he became a conductor. And now he's among the best at pulling double duty, conducting an orchestra while also acting as piano soloist. He'll do that in St. Paul, performing Chopin's Second Piano Concerto with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra.
May 16
Lise de la Salle
She may be just turning 20 this year, but French pianist Lise de la Salle has skill and interpretive depth far beyond her years. We'll hear her in concert in Metz, France, performing Camille Saint-Saens' Second Piano Concerto with conductor Jack Martin Handler and the Luxembourg European Soloists.
May 15
This English pianist is regarded as one of the world's great Schubert interpreters. And she says that one of the keys to her success is thinking of each Schubert work as a song. Last month in London, she gave voice to a pair of Schubert Impromptus at a recital in Queen Elizabeth Hall.
May 14
Gustavo Dudamel
Our first hour is devoted to music designed for dancing, including a dance-friendly "Piano Puzzler" and a slice of Ravel's ballet, "Daphnis and Chloe," from Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic at Disney Hall. And our second hour features music that's played a starring role in such films as "The Red Violin,""The Pianist,""The Piano" and "Amadeus."
May 13
The male vocal ensemble from Minneapolis stops by the town where they first formed - Northfield, Minnesota - to chat and sing music of Bobby McFerrin and Thomas Tallis, as well as a traditional gospel tune.
May 12
Chopin
Christian Zacharias was an award-winning pianist before he became a conductor. And now he's among the best at pulling double duty, conducting an orchestra while also acting as piano soloist. He'll do that in St. Paul, performing Chopin's Second Piano Concerto with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra.
May 10
Two weeks ago, the Beaux Arts Trio concluded its final North American tour with a concert in San Francisco. We'll take you there for pre- and post-concert conversations - thanks to our correspondent, violinist Daniel Hope -- as well as their performance of Dvorak's "Dumky" Piano Trio.
May 9
We'll celebrate Mothers Day by checking in with Vivian and Alisa Weilerstein, a mother and daughter who make up two-thirds of the Weilerstein Trio, then hearing them play Dvorak. The mother of violinist Danielle Belen Nesmith talks about watching her daughter win the Sphinx Competition by playing William Grant Still's "Mother and Child." And soprano Dawn Upshaw talks about music's place in her family's life before singing Ravel's "Three Poems of Stephane Mallarme" in St. Paul.
May 8
What happens when an orchestra known for a big, intense sound is launching a new organ in its home hall? They play a piece on which the organ' sound is as big as the orchestra's. Olivier Latry joins conductor Christoph Eschenbach and the Philadelphia Orchestra for Saint-Saens' large-scale masterwork at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia.
May 7
Birthday Cake
After saying "Happy birthday" to Brahms and Tchaikovsky, we'll spend our second hour forging a connection between classical-era composer Christoph Gluck and the present day's Nico Muhly. The composers acting as links in this chain are Wagner, Mahler, Shostakovich and Britten. Among the performers are pianist Louis Lortie and Sinfonia Varsovia.
May 6
Two weeks ago, the Beaux Arts Trio concluded its final North American tour with a concert in San Francisco. We'll take you there for pre- and post-concert conversations - thanks to our correspondent, violinist Daniel Hope -- as well as their performance of Dvorak's "Dumky" Piano Trio.
May 5
The Philadelphia Orchestra has an exceptional sound no matter who's on the podium. We'll hear them play a couple of pieces at Philadelphia's Kimmel Center today. Neeme Jarvi conducts Paul Hindemith's "Symphonic Metamorphosis after Themes by Carl Maria von Weber." And cellist Dimitri Maslennikov joins Christoph Eschenbach and the orchestra for Tchaikovsky's "Variations on a Rococo Theme."
May 3
The world' foremost piano trio will play its final concerts this summer. But they'e spent April crossing North America, playing 18 concerts in 20 days. We'll have an audio dispatch from the road, as well as some Dvorak from their final concert in Boston.
May 2
Los Romeros
Our second hour will feature music from and inspired by Spain, brought to you by the Renaissance recorders of the Royal Wind Music, the flamenco-flavored guitars of the Romeros, and violinist Karen Gomyo and the Buffalo Philharmonic, who will play Edouard Lalo's "Symphonie Espagnole."
May 1
Bryn Terfel
The renowned Welsh bass-baritone has been getting raves for his recitals, including one that he performed at New York's Carnegie Hall last Friday. He and pianist Malcolm Martineau performed a similar program in Bergen, Norway, which featured a lovely set of lieder by Franz Schubert.