Brahms

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.

Airs Monday, July 27, at 1 p.m. This week on the San Francisco Symphony, Alexander Barantschik will conduct and will be the soloist in Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto in D minor. Mozart's Divertimento in F major for Strings will open the concert and we'll hear the Melodia--Libertango by Astor Piazzolla featuring Seth Asarnow on the bandoneón. The concert concludes with an archived performance of the Symphony No. 2 by Brahms.

Airs Monday, July 13, at 1 p.m. On this week's broadcast concert by the San Francisco Symphony, conductor Semyon Bychkov takes the orchestra in a literal and symbolic journey to the summit of the Alps with a performance of Strauss' An Alpine Symphony. Pianist Till Fellner will also be featured in Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 24 in C minor,  and the program concludes with the Serenade No. 2 in A major by Brahms. 

Airs Thursday, April 30, at 8 p.m. While Beethoven is generally acknowledged as the first great composer of cello sonatas, there have been numerous outstanding works written for the cello as a solo instrument over the last three centuries. Composers such as Boccherini, Grieg, Brahms, Rachmaninoff, Debussy, Shostakovich and Britten all wrote compositions that every cellist must come to terms with at some point in their career. In this episode we listen to a cello recital featuring Eric Kim, a veteran of the SMF chamber music series, former principal cellist of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, and current professor of cello at the Indiana University School of Music.

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