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Richard Wagner's operas are so epic, they're sometimes an inch away from being self-parody. On Thursday's Performance Today, the Cleveland Orchestra gives a serious (and seriously great) performance of the Ride of the Valkyries.
Violinists work for years to be able to play just one of Niccolo Paganini's 24 caprices. Then along came a pianist who said, "anything you can do, I can do better." On Wednesday's Performance Today we'll hear the result of that attitude: Sergei Rachmaninoff's Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini.
Just south of San Francisco, the 2014 Music@Menlo Festival is in full swing. PT will be there later this week, and in the meantime we'll bring you concert highlights from Menlo, including a string quartet by Franz Schubert featuring cellist and Music@Menlo founder, David Finckel.
The 2014 Aspen Music Festival features more than 300 concerts and musical events. On Monday's Performance Today, we'll hear a highlight from three weeks ago - the great English pianist Stephen Hough playing fantasies by Johannes Brahms.
On this weekend's Performance Today, the Vienna Philharmonic dazzles with a performance of Mozart's Haffner Serenade. Plus, Bruce Adolphe joins us for this week's Piano Puzzler.
American conductor and violinist Lorin Maazel died recently at the age of 84. On Friday's Performance Today we'll hear a highlight from the Maestro's long career; Maazel leading the New York Philharmonic in Igor Stravinsky's Song of the Nightingale.
Violinist Robyn Bollinger is one of the current crop of PT Young Artists in Residence. She also has the distinction of having attended rehearsals since before she was born. On Thursday's Performance Today, she joins Fred in the studio to talk about her musical history and to perform music by Mozart, Tchaikovsky, and Paganini.
On Wednesday's Performance Today, the Vienna Philharmonic dazzles with a performance of Mozart's Haffner Serenade. Plus, Bruce Adolphe joins us for this week's Piano Puzzler.
In 1939, Hungarian composer Zoltan Kodaly wrote a set of shimmering variations on a song about escaping from tyranny; the piece was promptly banned by the Hungarian authorities. On Tuesday's Performance Today, we'll hear it from a concert in Buffalo, New York.
During the summer, there are great young musicians honing their skills at camps and schools from coast to coast. On Monday's Performance Today, we'll stop in at the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, California to hear talented young players working with conductor Leonard Slatkin, and playing music by Tchaikovsky.
Each summer, we meet remarkably talented young musicians at the Aspen Music Festival and School. What becomes of them? Violinist Simone Porter was 14 when we met her three years ago. On this weekend's Performance Today, we'll catch up with Simone to hear about how she's beginning to play all around the world.
On Friday's Performance Today, we'll hear a young quartet give a tremendously powerful and sensitive performance of music by Dvorak at this year's Aspen Music Festival.
11-year-old pianist Felicia He recently joined Fred onstage at the Aspen Music Festival. On Thursday's Performance Today, we'll hear conversation and a music from this extraordinary young musician.
Each summer, we meet remarkably talented young musicians at the Aspen Music Festival and School. What becomes of them? Violinist Simone Porter was 14 when we met her three years ago. On Wednesday's Performance Today, we'll catch up with Simone to hear about how she's beginning to play all around the world.
When she was eleven, pianist Adria Ye became a student at the Juilliard School in New York. On Tuesday's Performance Today, we'll talk with teenage pianist Adria Ye onstage at the Aspen Music Festival.
What do you get when you combine a beautiful mountain location, brilliant young musicians, and bright, enthusiastic audiences? Find out on Monday's Performance Today, as we begin our week-long residency at the Aspen Music Festival in Aspen, Colo.
Violin and harp is a fairly rare combination. Not many composers have written for it, and not many musicians bother to play those few pieces. On this weekend's Performance Today, we'll hear Kristin Lee and Bridget Kibbey give a beautiful performance one of these rare pieces - Camille Saint-Saens' Fantaisie for Violin and Harp.
Pianist Martha Argerich has a devoted following; fans who will literally follow her from one concert to another. On Friday's Performance Today, we'll take you to a concert in Switzerland to hear her play Robert Schumann's Piano Concerto in A minor.
Violin and harp is a fairly rare combination. Not many composers have written for it, and not many musicians bother to play those few pieces. On Thursday's Performance Today, we'll hear Kristin Lee and Bridget Kibbey give a beautiful performance one of these rare pieces - Camille Saint-Saens' Fantaisie for Violin and Harp.
Composer Richard Strauss knew all about the French horn; his father Franz was among the great horn players of the day. And when Richard Strauss was 18 years old, he wrote a horn concerto for his father. On Wednesday's Performance Today, we'll hear Philip Myers perform that piece in concert with the New York Philharmonic.
"Retro enough to call for Roman trumpets; radical enough to call for a tape recording alongside the orchestra." The answer to our Jeopardy question: "Who is composer Ottorino Respighi?" On Tuesday's Performance Today, we'll hear the New York Philharmonic perform Respighi's radical and retro Pines of Rome.
When Chinese pianist Yundi recently announced that his hero is Frederic Chopin, Chopin's biography became a best-seller in China. On Monday's Performance Today, we'll hear young mega-star Yundi play his idol's Scherzo No. 4 in concert in Germany.
If he did the same thing these days, George Gershwin might be accused of plagiarism. But in 1932, he got away with it - he used a Cuban pop song as a theme for his Cuban Overture. On this weekend's Performance Today, Gustavo Dudamel leads the Los Angeles Philharmonic in Gershwin's borrowed masterpiece.
"We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness." On Friday's Performance Today, a musical celebration of July 4th.
We're living at a special moment in the history of classical music - there has never been a time with so many supremely talented young players. On Thursday's Performance Today, we'll continue our celebration of the great year we've had with PT Young Artists.
On Wednesday's Performance Today, double bass virtuoso TianYang Liu joins us as our Young Artist in Residence. He'll talk with Fred about why he chose the double bass, and we'll hear him perform a formidable arrangement of Pablo de Sarasate's Zigeunerweisen.
The Rondo Capriccioso by Camille Saint-Saens is one of the great virtuoso showpieces for violin. On Tuesday's Performance Today, we'll go to a concert at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam to hear Barnabas Kelemen perform this violin showstopper with the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic.
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