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Jun 30
Conductor David Robertson addresses the controversy about whether it's appropriate to applaud between movements of a symphony or not. His words to the audience come between the movements of a stirring performance of Dvorak's Eighth Symphony by the Los Angeles Philharmonic in L.A.
Jun 28
Jon Lord has crossed over from the rock world into the classical world. A founding member of the rock band Deep Purple, he's now a composer. Today Fred sits down for a chat with Lord about his music. Plus, we'll hear the final movement of Lord's piano concerto, "Boom of the Tingling Strings."
Jun 27
Pianist Wu Han joins us for a pair of musical conversations today. First, she discusses and performs the first half of Tchaikovsky's "The Seasons" in Washington, D.C. Then we'll go to Colorado's Aspen Festival, where she's joined by cellist David Finckel for the world premiere performance of Pierre Jalbert's Cello Sonata.
Jun 26
Piano Keys
They've both been accused of being visually distracting with their onstage mannerisms, but they're still outstanding players. Olli Mustonen and Andre Watts will demonstrate their artistry with works of two Viennese contemporaries. Mustonen plays Beethoven's Third Piano Concerto in Hamburg with Kirill Petrenko and the North German Radio Symphony. And Watts plays three pieces by Schubert in Fort Worth, Texas.
Jun 25
For decades, Jon Lord was the keyboard player for Deep Purple, the British rock band that brought you "Smoke on the Water,""Hush" and "Woman from Tokyo." But now he's concentrating on classical composition. Today's show features the second half of a two-part conversation with Lord, as well as the second movement of his orchestral work, "Disguises," performed by Paul Mann and the Odense Sinfoniorkester.
Jun 24
Jon Lord has crossed over from the rock world into the classical world. A founding member of the rock band Deep Purple, he's now a composer. Today Fred sits down for a chat with Lord about his music. Plus, we'll hear the final movement of Lord's piano concerto, "Boom of the Tingling Strings."
Jun 23
Igor Stravinsky
Igor Stravinsky borrowed all of the tunes from his ballet, "Pulcinella" from Italian music of the eighteenth century. But he put his own musical fingerprints on it. It's a delightful mix of old and new. We'll hear a performance of the Suite from Pulcinella from the New York Philharmonic.
Jun 21
Ludwig van Beethoven
When chamber music lovers visit the Spoleto Festival USA in Charleston, South Carolina, they don't know what's being played at the afternoon chamber music concerts until they see the program written on a chalkboard outside the Memminger Auditorium. And what a delight it must have been to see a masterpiece like Beethoven's Septet for Winds and Strings listed there a couple of weeks ago. We'll have that performance on today's show.
Jun 20
sunrays
Summer has finally arrived in the Northern Hemisphere. We're celebrating with music of the summer season in both hours of Performance Today. Everyone from violinist Joshua Bell to pianist Lang Lang will be turning up the heat with great performances. Plus, we'll hear two versions of the same work, George Gershwin's beautiful "Summertime."
Jun 19
Gil Shaham
Today is the first day of the Aspen Music Festival. Every summer, some of the greatest classical musicians in the world gather in Aspen, Colorado. To celebrate the opening of the festival, we'll hear a performance from last year's festival. Gil Shaham performs Beethoven's Violin Concerto with the Aspen Chamber Symphony.
Jun 18
The Beaux Arts Trio's days may be drawing to a close, but fortunately much-loved pianist Menahem Pressler has no plans to retire. One of the greatest chamber musicians of our time, a concert at Lincoln Center featuring him was billed as "The Pressler Connection." We'll hear a performance of Schubert's "Trout" Quintet from that concert.
Jun 17
Franz Schubert
Franz Schubert never got around to finishing his eighth symphony. He wrote the first two movements, and never completed the last two. Today, we'll hear what those final two movements might have sounded like, as envisioned by composer Anton Safronov. What would Schubert have thought of it? Find out in the second hour of Performance Today.
Jun 16
Ludwig van Beethoven
When chamber music lovers visit the Spoleto Festival USA in Charleston, South Carolina, they don't know what's being played at the afternoon chamber music concerts until they see the program written on a chalkboard outside the Memminger Auditorium. And what a delight it must have been to see a masterpiece like Beethoven's Septet for Winds and Strings listed there a couple of weeks ago. We'll have that performance on today's show.
Jun 14
Liszt
Liszt could take the music of just about any composer and create a transcription for piano that sounded like the composer, yet was uniquely Liszt. Pianist Yundi Li offers Liszt's version of Verdi from Baden-Baden, Germany. Then another pianist, Jorge Luis Prats, plays a Liszt transcription of Bach at the Miami International Piano Festival. And Angele Dubeau and La Pieta play a Brahms-Liszt combination in Athens, Georgia.
Jun 13
joshua bell
It's winter in the southern hemisphere now. Here in the north, we'll have to rely on violinist Joshua Bell to provide our icicles. He'll perform "Winter" from Vivaldi's "Four Seasons" in Indiana. We'll also hear music inspired by the beauty of all the seasons, from Tchaikovsky's April in Russia to Astor Piazzolla's "Four Seasons of Buenos Aires."
Jun 12
Violinist Daniel Hope delivers another audio diary entry from the Beaux Arts Trio's final year together. They'll answer the question of how they got their name, and read a fan letter from the Faux Arts Trio. Then they'll play some Schubert in San Francisco, at the last concert of their last U.S. tour.
Jun 11
We'll have performances from two top student orchestras on today's show. The National Orchestral Institute gathers many of the country's best young musicians in Maryland for a month. That's where we'll go to hear Jorge Mester conduct a Mozart Sinfonia. And, from New York City, Stanislaw Skrowaczewski leads the Juilliard Orchestra in Brahms.
Jun 10
Liszt
Liszt could take the music of just about any composer and create a transcription for piano that sounded like the composer, yet was uniquely Liszt. Pianist Yundi Li offers Liszt's version of Verdi from Baden-Baden, Germany. Then another pianist, Jorge Luis Prats, plays a Liszt transcription of Bach at the Miami International Piano Festival. And Angele Dubeau and La Pieta play a Brahms-Liszt combination in Athens, Georgia.
Jun 9
scotland
Music inspired by the misty moors, craggy coasts and swirling seas of Scotland fills our second hour. It culminates in a performance of Mendelssohn's "Scottish" Symphony in Los Angeles by Sir Neville Marriner and the L.A. Philharmonic.
Jun 7
The Bergen Philharmonic is one of the world's oldest orchestras. But the ensemble is gaining fresh acclaim since American conductor Andrew Litton became its music director. During its first U.S. tour in 41 years, the orchestra offered a smashing performance of Tchaikovsky's Fourth in West Palm Beach, Florida.
Jun 6
Conductor Franz Welser-Most says that his interpretation of Robert Schumann's Fourth Symphony is informed by the art and poetry that Germany produced in the Romantic era. Listen to the lush and lovely performance that he and the Cleveland Orchestra deliver at Severance Hall in Cleveland.
Jun 5
The Bergen Philharmonic is one of the world's oldest orchestras. But the ensemble is gaining fresh acclaim since American conductor Andrew Litton became its music director. During its first U.S. tour in 41 years, the orchestra offered a smashing performance of Tchaikovsky's Fourth in West Palm Beach, Florida.
Jun 4
For a concert at this spring's Lucerne Festival, conductor Mariss Jansons and the Bavarian Radio Symphony devoted the evening to music from the operas of Richard Wagner. We'll drop in to hear a pair of great orchestral showcases: "Siegfried's Funeral March" from "Gotterdammerung," and the Overture to "Tannhauser."
Jun 3
Maurizio Pollini
Some young pianists may be fleet of fingers, but there's something special about a veteran player who can reach into the depths of a piece and come up with fresh insights from a familiar work. Maurizio Pollini does that when he performs Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 24, conducting the Vienna Philharmonic from the keyboard at the Musikverein in Vienna.
Jun 2
Christoph Eschenbach
The lush sound of the Philadelphia Orchestra is an ideal fit for Tchaikovsky's Fifth Symphony. We'll go to the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia to hear Christoph Eschenbach conduct the final three movements of this emotionally turbulent masterpiece.