Brahms

Aired Thursday, January 21, at 12 noon Kermit Poling spoke with pianist Stanislav Khristenko and Dr. Lester Senter Wilson, Executive Director of the Wideman International Piano Competition, about this weekend's 65th Anniversary Celebration of the Wideman Piano Competition. Saturday's concert features pianist Stanislav Khristenko in the Piano Concerto No. 2 by Shostakovich and then pianist Tomer Gewirtzman will perform the Piano Concerto in A minor by Grieg. The concert concludes with the world premiere of the Symphony No. 1 (“Shreveport Symphony”) by Kermit Poling.

Airs Monday, January 11, at 1 p.m. This week on the Cleveland Orchestra guest conductor James Gaffigan will be joined by soprano Yulia van Doren and the Cleveland Orchestra Chorus for a performance of the Cantata No. 199, “Mein Herze schwimmt im Blut” by J.S. Bach. She will also be featured in the Brahms' Song of Destiny and the concert will close with the Symphony No. 5, the “Reformation” symphony by Felix Mendelssohn.

Airs Friday, November 27 at 1 p.m. When it comes to artistic partnerships, there's a lot to be said for the fireworks of musicians joining together for the first time. But there's another kind of collaboration that can yield profound pleasure: a recording with two artists who know each other deeply, in a relationship that has unfolded over years or even decades.

Airs Monday, October 26, at 1 p.m. On this week's broadcast by the San Francisco Symphony, music director Michael Tilson Thomas leads the orchestra in the last of Brahms’s symphonic works, his Symphony No. 4 in E minor and also takes the audience through a scene from Finish mythology with Lemminkäinen's Return by Jean Sibelius. As the center piece violinist Christian Tetzlaff joins the maestro and orchestra for the Violin Concerto No. 2 in B minor by Bartók and then from the archives we'll hear the Variations on a Theme by Haydn of Johannes Brahms.

Airs Monday, August 10, at 1 p.m. This week on the San Francisco Symphony pianist Hélène Grimaud joins guest conductor Lionel Bringuier for a work by Brahms with emotion too big to be confined to two pianos. It's the Piano Concerto No. 1 in D minor by Brahms, along with the aural kinetic Sculpture of Henri Dutilleux called Métaboles, and Maurice Ravel's twisted tribute to the waltz king in his La Valse. Also, from the archives, Michael Tilson Thomas leads the orchestra in a performance of Debussy's Nocturnes.

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