Rachmaninoff

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.

Airs Thursday, January 29 at 8 p.m. A recital given by Nikolai Lugansky at the Telfair Academy of Arts & Sciences. Players who win piano competitions don't always become great pianists but, now in his late 30s, Nikolai Lugansky has all the makings of a modern virtuoso. Born in Moscow in 1972 to a couple of research scientists, Mr. Lugansky was just five years old when his innate musicality first appeared. He went to a neighbor's home, sat down at the piano, and played a Beethoven sonata from memory, having learned the music by ear. In this episode, we hear Nikolai Lugansky's interpretations of the Fantasie in F minor by Chopin, followed by Chopin's "Heroic" Polonaise in A-flat Major and Rachmaninoff's Sonata No. 1 in D minor, performed at the Savannah Music Festival.

Airs Monday, November 17 at 11 a.m. This week on the Pittsburgh Symphony Radio broadcast it’s a program from the archive with soprano Jessye Norman singing the 4 Last Songs by Richard Strauss.  Charles Dutoit conducts the orchestra in Schubert’s Symphony No. 3 and Rachmaninoff’s Symphonic Dances. Jim Cunningham will host this concert from the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.

Airs Monday, November 3 at 11 a.m. This week on the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, you’ll hear two powerful Russian favorites. Favorite guest Yan Pascal Tortelier returns to Heinz Hall to conduct Rachmaninoff’s Symphony No. 2,  and Russian wunderkind, Daniil Trifonov, performs the Prokofiev Piano Concerto No. 2.  Jim Cunningham will host the Pittsburgh Symphony Radio Broadcast on Red River Radio.

Airs Monday, July 14 at 11 a.m. On this week's broadcast concert from the Pittsburgh Symphony, music director Manfred Honeck returns to lead the orchestra in Modest Mussorgsky’s Night on Bald Mountain and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7. In between, pianist Denis Matsuev will take the stage for Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 and he'll also perform Improvisation of Billy Strayhorn and Duke Ellington’s “Take the A Train.”

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