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Jul 31
Dvorak
An hour of folk-flavored fare reaches a climax with a fiery performance of the Dvorak Cello Concerto. At a concert at Budapest's Palace of Arts, Pieter Wispelwey performs one of the great works for his instrument, in the company of conductor Ivan Fischer and the Budapest Festival Orchestra.
Jul 30
The Frick Collection is a small museum in New York City that hosts some wonderful concerts. The Czech Republic's Talich Quartet was there to perform Haydn's "Lark" String Quartet, a work that gained its nickname for a violin part reminiscent of the song of a lark.
Jul 29
leonard slatkin
By Leonard Slatkin's count, there are over 80 different orchestrations of Modest Mussorgsky's "Pictures at an Exhibition." He tapped into 15 of them to create a unique version of the work. He leads the Nashville Symphony in a performance of it at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center in Nashville.
Jul 28
It had been 21 years since violinist Nigel Kennedy had played at London's BBC Proms. But the onetime classical bad boy (and pop culture phenomenon) was the featured soloist at an opening-weekend concert nine days ago. We'll go there to hear him perform music from Sir Edward Elgar's Violin Concerto.
Jul 26
Jul 25
Maurizio Pollini
Our week of outstanding pianists concludes with a performance in Berlin by a seasoned statesman of the keys. Maurizio Pollini offers a vibrant interpretation of Beethoven's Second Piano Concerto with conductor Claudio Abbado and the Berlin Philharmonic.
Jul 24
Our week of performances by outstanding pianists continues with one of the masters. A thumb injury kept Murray Perahia from performing for several years, but now he's back on the concert stage. And he says that the music of Bach served as his therapy. Find out why critics are raving about his latest collection of Bach partitas when he plays one in Bethesda, Maryland.
Jul 23
Last week, Colorado's Aspen Festival hosted a concert that offered a rare opportunity to hear three masters of their instruments playing chamber music together. We'll go there to hear violinist Gil Shaham, pianist Yefim Bronfman and cellist Lynn Harrell play a Mozart Piano Trio. Find out why this was the festival's toughest ticket.
Jul 22
Joseph Joachim
The legendary 19th-century violin virtuoso Joseph Joachim makes his presence felt on today's show. His "Hungarian" Violin Concerto is performed by Christian Tetzlaff with conductor Rossen Milanov and the Philadelphia Orchestra in Philadelphia. And his cadenzas are used by Veronika Eberle as she plays Mozart's Fourth Violin Concerto with Lawrence Foster and the North German Radio Symphony in Hamburg.
Jul 21
piano hands
This week, "Performance Today" casts a spotlight on some excellent pianists. We'll start in Dallas, where Stephen Hough plays Rachmaninoff's seldom played Fourth Concerto with Andrew Litton and the Dallas Symphony. And then we'll go to St. Paul, where Stephen Kovacevich performs Beethoven's First Concerto with Joseph Swensen and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra.
Jul 20
Aspen Music Festival
We'll have plenty of music from Aspen this weekend, including Rachmaninoff preludes from pianist Lang Lang; a Mozart piano trio featuring violinist Julia Fischer, cellist Daniel Muller-Schott and pianist Jonathan Gilad; and South American works from guitarist Sharon Isbin.
Jul 19
Aspen Music Festival
We'll have plenty of music from Aspen this weekend, including Rachmaninoff preludes from pianist Lang Lang; a Mozart piano trio featuring violinist Julia Fischer, cellist Daniel Muller-Schott and pianist Jonathan Gilad; and South American works from guitarist Sharon Isbin.
Jul 18
If you're looking for a place where traditional concert etiquette is staunchly observed, then Amsterdam's Concertgebouw is generally a good example. So you have to imagine that a performance was particularly good to inspire a Concertgebouw audience to applaud lustily between movements of a concerto. Hear what inspired this outbreak of enthusiasm when Leonidas Kavakos plays Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto with Jaap van Zweden and the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic.
Jul 17
The BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra recently completed an eight-city tour of China. We'll go to their concert in Shanghai to hear Christoph Konig lead them in Beethoven's powerful Symphony No. 7.
Jul 16
We'll have music both new and old that echoes with the sound of the 1920's. Composer John Harbison will talk about his new "Great Gatsby" Suite before we listen to the recent world premiere performance from Colorado's Aspen Festival. And we'll go to Houston to hear Jon Kimura Parker play George Gershwin's Piano Concerto with Hans Graf and the Houston Symphony.
Jul 15
Aspen Music Festival
Later this week, we'll be broadcasting from Colorado's Aspen Music Festival, and presenting a live concert from there. But we'll have plenty of music from Aspen today, including Rachmaninoff preludes from pianist Lang Lang; a Mozart piano trio featuring violinist Julia Fischer, cellist Daniel Muller-Schott and pianist Jonathan Gilad; and South American works from guitarist Sharon Isbin.
Jul 14
Dutch Merchant-Ships in a Storm
We'll spend an hour with music that evokes raging storms and unsettled seas. Wagner's "Flying Dutchman" Overture sets sail from Aspen, Colorado. Le Concert d'Astree summons up a storm by Rameau at France's Palace of Versailles. And we'll have some Malcolm Arnold sea shanties for winds before docking in Risor, Norway, for a lovely Mahler Adagietto.
Jul 12
Robert Schumann
A few weeks ago, conductor Gianandrea Noseda led the BBC Philharmonic in a pair of pieces by Robert Schumann at the orchestra's home hall in Manchester, England. We'll go there to hear Schumann's Overture to "Genoveva", as well as his lone Cello Concerto, with Paul Watkins as soloist.
Jul 11
We'll spend an hour with performances from Australian musicians and composers. The Australian Chamber Orchestra plays Walton, Corelli and Debussy on a U.S. tour stop in Boston. Then we'll hear music of Australian composers Nigel Westlake (from the Australia Ensemble), Sarah Hopkins (courtesy of Chanticleer), and Percy Grainger from pianist Marc-Andre Hamelin.
Jul 10
Daniel Barenboim
Daniel Barenboim is the pianist when baritone Thomas Quasthoff sings Schubert songs in Berlin. Then Barenboim will conduct the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, a group he formed with young musicians from several Middle Eastern countries. They'll play music of Mozart and Elgar at an historic concert in the Palestinian city of Ramallah.
Jul 9
Debussy Claude
We'll go to the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, where conductor Marcus Stenz leads the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in Colin Matthews' orchestration of some Claude Debussy piano preludes. Then Jean-Yves Thibaudet is the soloist for a performance of Maurice Ravel's Piano Concerto for the Left Hand.
Jul 8
beethoven
On today's show, one of the world's great piano trios, the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio, performs one of the masterpieces of the trio repertoire, Beethoven's "Ghost" Trio. It comes to us from a concert in Kalamazoo, Michigan.
Jul 7
Robert Schumann
A few weeks ago, conductor Gianandrea Noseda led the BBC Philharmonic in a pair of pieces by Robert Schumann at the orchestra's home hall in Manchester, England. We'll go there to hear Schumann's Overture to "Genoveva", as well as his lone Cello Concerto, with Paul Watkins as soloist.
Jul 5
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.
Jul 4
In honor of Independence Day, we'll explore the music of some very independent composers who helped establish a uniquely American sound. They include Aaron Copland (courtesy of the Prairie Winds and the Aspen Chamber Symphony), George Gershwin (from the Jupiter String Quartet), Christopher Theofanidis (from a world premiere performance by the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra), and one of the country's first composers, John Antes.
Jul 3
Like many adult siblings, Gil and Orli Shaham don't get to see one another as often as they used to. But the violinist and pianist recently connected up on stage in suburban Atlanta and showed off their musical telepathy on a Mozart Violin Sonata.
Jul 2
mozart
It's still not clear who was being crowned when Mozart wrote the "Coronation" Mass. But it's a masterpiece for choir, orchestra and vocal soloists. And we have an outstanding performance of it from the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, where Ton Koopman conducted the Netherlands Chamber Choir and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra.
Jul 1
Franz Schubert
Last week, we heard Vladimir Jurowski and the Russian National Orchestra play Anton Safronov's completion of Schubert's "Unfinished" Symphony. Today, we'll offer your comments about that piece, preceded by the orchestra's performance of Schubert's incomplete original from a concert in Beaver Creek, Colorado. Can it be improved upon? Your call.