Beethoven

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Airs Saturday, April 1, 2017, at 12 noon. Sebastian Weigle returns to the Met to conduct his second Saturday broadcast with the company, Beethoven’s only opera, Fidelio, starring Adrianne Pieczonka as Leonore and Klaus Florian Vogt as Florestan. Fidelio, which was last seen at the Met in 2006, tells the story of Leonore, who disguises herself as a young man named Fidelio in order to free her husband Florestan, a political prisoner.

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Airs Monday, March 20, 2017, at 1 p.m. This week on Carnegie Hall Live The Philadelphia Orchestra will take the stage under the direction of Yannick Nézet-Séguin. The concert will open with Tales from the Vienna Woods by J. Strauss Sr. and will also feature Beethoven's String Quartet in F Major, Op 95 arranged for Orchestra by Mahler as well as Charivari by Gruber.  In the middle, pianist Jan Lisiecki will be soloist in the Piano Concerto No. 4 by Beethoven.

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Airs Saturday, November 26, at 12 noon. This week we close out the American Opera series from WFMT with a concert performance of Beethoven's Fidelio. Nicholas Phan will be featured Brandon Jovanovich as Florestan and Nina Stemme as Leonore, with Kevin Langan Rocco, Nicholas Phan as Jaquino, Joélle Harvey as Rocco, Alan Held as Don Pizarro, Matthew Newlin as the First Prisoner, Craig Verm as Florestan, and Luca Pisaroni as Don Fernando. The San Francisco Symphony and Chorus will be under Michael Tilson Thomas and Ragnar Bohlin is chorus director.

Airs Monday, November 7, at 1 p.m. The Cooper International Piano Competition featuring two performances of the Rachmaninoff Piano Concert # 2 along with the Beethoven Piano Concerto # 4. 

Airs Monday, October 31, at 1 p.m. This week on the Cleveland Orchestra we draw a classic concert from 1971 featuring Leopold Stokowski leading the orchestra in his own arrangement of the Toccata and Fugue in D minor by Bach. The concert also features Beethoven's Symphony No. 7 in A major, Op. 92, the symphonic tone poem by Sibelius called the Swan of Tuonela, and Glière's Symphony No. 3 in B minor, Op. 42, “Iyla Murometz."

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