Debussy

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Aired Friday, April 29, at 11 a.m. Bill Beckett spoke with Michael Butterman, Music Director and Conductor of the Shreveport Symphony Orchestra along with composer Stephen Lias, about this seasons finale featuring works inspired by nature including the Gates of the Artic by Lias, La Mer by Debussy, Ghosts of the Grasslands by Heitzeg, and the Pines of Rome by Respighi.

Airs Monday, November 2, at 1 p.m. This week from the San Francisco Orchestra pianist Yuja Wang joins music director Michael Tilson Thomas for a performance of the Piano Concerto No. 1 in D-flat major by the precocious teenager Sergei Prokofiev. Debussy's evocative image for orchestra as well as several small romantic delicacies all composed to showcase the pallet of the orchestra including Fauré's Pavane, Schubert's Entr’acte No. 3, Dvořák's Legends for Orchestra, Grieg’s The Last Spring, and the Scherzo from Concerto symphonique No. 4 in D minor by Litolff.

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 Thursday, June 18, at 8 p.m. A SMF performance of the Ebene's Quartet critically-acclaimed French program. The string quartets written in the late 19th and early 20th century by Debussy and Ravel both dazzled and disturbed people in their first performances. Debussy's fantastic, spiraling variations were shocking, but the exotic beauty of his writing excited many (including the young Ravel). Over time, passionate arguments by music aficionados over the relative merits of the compositions of Debussy and Ravel would eventually lead to the termination of their friendship. In this episode, we listen to two French masterworks by Debussy and Ravel respectively, played by the Ebene Quartet during the Savannah Music Festival.

Airs Thursday, June 18, at 11 p.m. On this week's Carnegie Hall Live we celebrate Great American Orchestras with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Riccardo Muti who will lead the orchestra in Mendelssohn's Meeresstille und glücklicheFahrt, Op. 27; Debussy's La mer; and the Symphony No. 3 in C Minor, Op. 43, The Divine Poem by Scriabin. Jeff Spurgeon will host and is joined by Isaac Mizrahi.

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