Airs Monday, April 22 at 11 a.m. This week Manfred Honeck leads the orchestra in Nicolai’s Overture to The Merry Wives of Windsor, Johann Strauss Jr.’s Artist’s Life Waltz, Pablo de Sarasate’s Gypsy Airs for Violin and Orchestra, Fritz Kreisler’s Love’s Joy for Violin and Orchestra, Josef Strauss’ Cheerful Fortitude Polka; On Holiday Polka; Feuerfest Polka; and Johann Strauss Jr.’s Radetzky March and Light of Heart Polka. Leif Ove Andsnes will also join maestro Honeck for Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 1.
Airs Thursday, December 6 at 11:00 a.m. Born from the trauma of the Second World War, Edinburgh's unique combination of festivals is a triumph of international shared storytelling. Encompassing classical music, theater, literature, popular and folk music, science, visual art and a city-wide sharing of culture, this radio series will give listeners a first-hand experience of being in one of the world's most creative and cosmopolitan cities during a period when over 600,000 visitors experience the "annual cultural equivalent of the Olympics" during which over 4,000 performances take place in hundreds of venues ranging from exquisite concert halls to site-specific fringe spaces.
Among the classical music highlights are: the Trio Zimmerman, His Majesties Sagbutts, Les Vents Francais, Leif Ove Andsnes, Leonidas Kavakos, Nicola Lugansky, the Calder Quartet, Luca Pisaroni, the European Youth Orchestra, the Scottish Symphony Orchestra, the Budapest Festival Orchestra and many othes. This radio series will give listeners an unprecedented and intimate tour of what many consider the world's greatest festival city.
Airs Thursday, September 20 at 11:00 a.m. This week, pianists Leif Ove Andsnes is featured in Haydn's Sonata No. 43 in C minor; Debussy's Images, Book I; Chopin's Waltz, Op 34, No 1; and the Granados Spanish Dance #5. Then the Budapest Festival Orchestra under Ivan Fischer is joined by pianists Andras Schiff for Bartok's Piano Concerto No. 2. Finally, Andras Schiff plays Schubert's Impromptu and Lang Lang is featured in Chopin's Twelve Etudes, Op. 25.