Airs Monday, March 23, at 11 a.m. This week on the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Nicolas McGegan conducts Vivaldi’s Four Seasons featuring Ye-Eun Choi on violin. We'll also hear Haydn’s Symphony No. 103 and the Chaconne from Idomeneo by Mozart. Jim Cunningham will host.
Airs Thursday, December 11 at 8 p.m. Some historians believe that the origins of the string quartet can be traced back to the Baroque trio sonata, in which two solo instruments performed with a continuo section consisting of a bass instrument and a keyboard. Others suggest that the widespread practice of playing works written for string orchestra with just four players, covering the bass part with cello alone, helped formulate the idea of the string quartet. But everyone agrees that the string quartet rose to prominence through the work of Joseph Haydn, and that ever since, the string quartet has been prestigious, and considered a true test of a composer's art. In this program, we listen to string quartets by Haydn, Mozart and Mendelssohn, performed by the Miami String Quartet at the 2013 Savannah Music Festival.
On this week's broadcast concert by the Pittsburgh Symphony it’s a program of favorites conducted by Music Director Manfred Honeck. Featured on the concert are Rossini’s William Tell Overture and the first of Haydn’s 12 London Symphonies – his No. 93. We'll close the show wit Richard Strauss’ Ein Heldenleben. Jim Cunningham will host the Pittsburgh Symphony Radio on Red River Radio.
Airs Monday, September 16 at 11 a.m. On the next concert by the San Francisco Symphony conductor Alan Gilbert will be joined on stage by violinist Renaud Capucon for the Violin concerto, L'Arbre des songes by Henri Dutilleux. The concert opens with Beethoven's Symphony No. 8 in F Major, Op. 93 and concluded with the Symphony No. 99 in E-flat Major by Haydn and we'll also hear the Serenade No. 2 in A Major, Op. 16 by Brahms.
This week on the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, the Tokyo String Quartet will present Haydn's String Quartet No. 27 in D Major, Op. 20, and then the Festival Chamber Ensemble takes on Schoenberg's Chamber Symphony No. 2 in E-flat Minor. Kerry Frumkin will host this week's concert from the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival on Red River Radio.