Debussy

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.

Airs Monday, May 25, at 11 a.m. On the next concert by the San Francisco Symphony music director and conductor Michael Tilson Thomas leads the orchestra in Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor, Opus 37 with pianist Emanuel Ax. The orchestra also presents Copland's Music from the film Our Town and his Short Symphony plus Debussy's La Plus que lente, On Hearing the First Cuckoo in Spring by Delius, The Last Spring by Grieg, Delibes “Cortège of Bacchus” from Sylvia, and Rachmaninoff's “Vocalise,” Opus 34, no.14.

Airs Monday, May 18, at 11 a.m. On this week's broadcast concert by the San Francisco Symphony Michael Tilson Thomas leads the orchestra in one of Gustav Mahler's most personal musical statements, his Symphony No. 9 in D major, full of farewells and transitions while grasping strongly at life and accepting mortality. Also on the program La Mer by Claude Debussy.

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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