Today: Borodin's Symphony No.2; a string quartet by early 20th-century composer from Australia and New Zealand, Alfred Hill; the tone poem "Aus Italien" by Richard Strauss; Schubert's "Moments Musicaux" for piano; and an orchestral suite by Roussel.
This week, music by Robert and Clara Schumann--one of his string quartets, one of her solo-piano works. Also: a guitar sonata by Mexican composer Manuel Ponce; a suite from one of Rimsky-Korsakov's operas; a violin concerto by Rodolphe Kreutzer; and Liszt's amazingly faithful piano transcription of Berlioz' "Symphonie Fantastique."
This week: a wide variety of pieces including Beethoven's first published work (a Piano Trio in E-flat), the "Symphonic Prologue" Francesca da Rimini by American composer Arthur Foote, Respighi's Violin Sonata, a solo-keyboard Partita by Bach, and a symphony by Michael Haydn.
This week, a powerful new work for baritone and orchestra celebrating the bicentenary of Abraham Lincoln's birth, Letters from Lincoln by Michael Daugherty, sung by Thomas Hampson. Also: a concerto for two violins by Louis Spohr; Haydn's "Sunrise" String Quartet; and chamber music by François Couperin and Mozart.
This week, a rarely-heard violin concerto by early 19th-century French violinist/composer Rodolphe Kreutzer; a violin sonata by Danish composer Niels Gade; Liszt's Piano Sonata in B minor played by Leonard Pennario; Khachaturian's "Concerto-Rhapsody" for Cello and Orchestra; the Suite from Rimsky-Korsakov's opera Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh; and Mendelssohn's Piano Trio No.2 with Itzhak Perlman, Emanuel Ax and Yo-Yo Ma.
Beethoven's fifth String Quartet starts the show, and Bach's Solo Cello Suite no. 6 ends it. In between, piano music by Chopin, Bruch's Violin Concerto No.1, a symphony by Michael Haydn, and a melodic chamber work by Swiss composer/pianist/conductor Paul Burkhard written not long before his death in 1977.
This week, a first-time collaboration on CD by violinist Itzhak Perlman, cello Yo-Yo Ma, and pianist Emanuel Ax, playing one of Mendelssohn's Piano Trios. Also: a live Chicago Symphony performance of Stravinsky's Pulcinella ballet; a historic 1934 recording by conductor Fritz Busch of Mozart's Linz Symphony; and a piano sonata by Beethoven's friend and pupil Ferdinand Ries.
This week: the Piano Concerto by Schumann; Dvořák's Piano Quartet in E-flat, op.87; and the Poème for Violin and Orchestra by Émile Jaques-Dalcroze. Also, some excerpts from the "dramatic symphony" Romeo and Juliet by Berlioz; a violin sonata by Jean-Marie Leclair; and Padre Soler's "Fandango" in an interesting arrangement for three guitars and percussion.
Today, a sparkling ballet score by Glazunov that pays homage to the French rococo period. Also, Haydn's great "Emperor" string quartet, and a symphony by his younger brother Michael; Vaughan Williams' The Lark Ascending; a symphony by American composer Roy Harris; and a violin sonata by Gade.
Virtuoso violin concertos by Joseph Joachim and Karol Szymanowski begin and end today's show. Also: Missouri State University's Missouri Chamber Players perform some neo-romantic chamber music by contemporary American composer Richard Faith; the Fort Smith Symphony plays a symphony by William Grant Still; and the legendary Fritz Busch conducts Richard Strauss's Don Juan in a remastered recording from 1936.
Today, Martha Argerich plays Beethoven's 1st Piano Concerto. Also: Ravel's Violin Sonata; a flute concerto by Johann Stamitz; the 1901 Violin Concerto by Swiss composer Emile Jaques-Dalcroze; a couple of Rossini's "Sins of Old Age" for piano; and Dvorak's Quartet No.1 for piano & strings.
An all Christmas show this afternoon, including both familiar and unusual works: Leroy Anderson's popular Suites of Carols; Sir Arnold Bax's tone poem Christmas Eve; the "Santa Claus Symphony" by 19th century American William Henry Fry; Howard Hanson's Dies Natalis (based on an old Lutheran Christmas chorale tune); a "pastoral concerto" from Baroque composer John Christopf Pez; and Serenade for a Christmas Night by contemporary California composer Conrad Susa. We'll also sample local classical guitarist John Waldo's newly-released CD "Christmas Classical Guitar."
Today: music for the Christmas season by Stravinsky (based on music of Bach), Otto Nicolai (his Christmas Overture) and Benjamin Britten (Men of Goodwill). Also: Chopin's Piano Sonata No.2 in an early-1950s recording by Leonard Pennario; Mendelssohn's Concerto for Two Pianos in E; an overture by Veracini; and Manuel Ponce's "Variations and Fugue on 'Folias de España" for guitar.
MOZART: Piano Concerto No. 18 in Bb, K.456 (Martha Argerich, piano; Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Eugen Jochum conducting) (recorded live in June 1973) (29:34) CD TITLE: "Martha Argerich--Beethoven/Mozart Klavierkonzerte" (BR Klassik 403571900701)
Johann STAMITZ (1717-1757): FLute Concerto in C (Robert Aitken, flute; St. Christopher Chamber Orchestra, Vilnius, Lithuana--Donatas Katkus conducting) (21:23) CD TITLE: "Stamitz: Flute Concertos" (Naxos 8.570150)
MAHLER: Symphony No.2 in C minor, Resurrection (Miah Persson, soprano; Christianne Stotijn, mezzo-soprano; Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, Bernard Haitink conducting; recorded live in November 2008) (1:22:02) CD TITLE: "Mahler 2" (CSO-Resound CSOR-901 916)
BEETHOVEN: Quintet in Eb for piano and winds, op.16 (performed on period instruments by pianist Jan Vermeulen and members of "Il Gardellino"(26:13) CD TITLE: "Mozart/Beethoven--Quintets for Pianoforte and Winds" (Accent ACC-24201)
This week: the Fine Arts Quartet plays Franck's String Quartet in D; young German virtuoso Martin Helmchen performs the supposedly "unplayable" Dvorak Piano Concerto; also Roussel's Symphony No.1, "Poem of the Forest." And we'll hear Sergei Rachmaninoff playing his own piano music ("recreated" on a computer-controlled Steinway), as well as his "Elegiac Trio No.1" performed by Lang Lang, Vadim Repin and Mischa Maisky.
This week: chamber music by two now little-known 19th-century Germans, Carl Gottlieb Reissiger and Ludwig Thiulle. Also, the Beethoven Violin Concerto; Rachmaninoff's Symphony No.2; and a fun set of piano variations on, believe it or not, "Chopsticks."
This week: young violin sensations Janine Jansen and Arabella Steinbacher; also the great American pianist Leonard Pennario in a recording from the early 1950s. And: music by Schubert arranged and orchestrated by a great conductor of the early 20th century, Felix Weingartner.