Airs Saturday, December 20 at 12 noon. The 2014-15 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season continues with a live broadcast of Mozart’s comic masterpiece Le Nozze di Figaro. Erwin Schrott sings the title role of the resourceful valet who must outwit his master before he can marry; Danielle de Niese is his clever fiancee, Susanna; and Mariusz Kwiecien is the lecherous Count Almaviva. The performance features two major network broadcast debuts: American soprano Rachel Willis-Sørensen, a 2010 winner of the Met National Council Auditions and First Prize winner at this year’s Operalia competition, as Countess Almaviva; and Italian mezzo-soprano Serena Malfi as the pageboy Cherubino. Edo de Waart conducts the opera, presented in the new production by Richard Eyre which opened the Met season in the fall. Le Nozze di Figaro will be heard live over the Toll Brothers-Metropolitan Opera International Radio Network at 12:00 p.m. CT on Saturday, December 20.
Airs Thursday, December 18 at 11 a.m. A new series of special concert from the Mozart Festival 2014. This weeks' concert features Marc Minkowski leading the Vienna Philharmonic in the Andante from Mozart’s Serenade in D, KV 250 “Haffner.” The Alina Ibragimóva, violin; Renaud Capuçon, violin; Gérard Caussé, viola; Léa Hennino, viola; and Clemens Hagan, ‘cello will present Mozart's Quintet in g minor, KV 516, and the program concludes with the Gloria from Mozart: Mass in C with the Salzburg Cathedral Chorus and Orchestra under János Czifra joined by soprano Sophie Mitterhuber, alto Bernadette Furch, tenor Maximilian Kiener, and bass William Hackett. Hannes Eichmann 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.
Airs Thursday, December 11 at 11 a.m. A new series of special concert from the Mozart Festival 2014. This program features Robin Ticciati leading the Scottish Chamber Orchestra in allegro from Beethoven's Symphony No. 5 in c minor, Op. 67. The Alina Ibragimóva, violin; Renaud Capuçon, violin; Gérard Caussé, viola; Léa Hennino, viola; and Clemens Hagan, cello will perform Mozart's Quintet in B-flat, KV 174. Hannes Eichmann will host.
Airs Monday, October 20 at 11 a.m. This week on the Pittsburgh Sympony; Manfred Honeck will lead the orchestra in Samuel Barber’s Adagio for Strings; Leos Janceck’s Suite from Jenufa, Antonin Dvorak’s Symphony No. 8; and pianist Yulianna Avdeeva will be the guest soloist for Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 21. Jim Cunningham will be your host.