Ravel

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, May 28, at 11 a.m. This week from Carnegie Hall Live we join the San Francisco Symphony under the direction of Michael Tilson Thomas and guest violinist Gil Shaham for the Violin Concerto No. 2 by Prokofiev. Also on the program the New York premiere of Samuel Adam's Drift and Providence and Ravel's complete Daphnis et Chloé. John Shaefer will guest host.

Airs Monday, February 9, at 11 a.m. This week from the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra it’s a concert of Debussy, Ravel, and Mendelssohn.  Juraj Valcuha conducts Debussy’s La Mer and Ravel’s La Valse.  Violinist Stefan Jackiw will then join the orchestra for the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto, and there’s a world premiere of Supplica by Christopher Rouse.  Jim Cunningham will host the broadcast by the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra from Public Radio International.

Airs Monday, January 26 at 11 a.m. This week on our Pittsburgh Symphony radio broadcast Leonard Slatkin conducts music by Ravel, including the Bolero and his Pavane. Then Michel Camilo performs his own Piano Concerto No. 2, and you’ll hear the  Sorcerer’s Apprentice by Paul Dukas. Jim Cunningham will host the next concert by the  Pittsburgh Symphony from Public Radio International.

Airs Monday, September 8 at 11 a.m. On this week’s Pittsburgh Symphony Radio broadcast, YouTube sensation Valentina Lisitsa returns to Heinz Hall to perform the Grieg Piano Concerto. Orchestra favorite Yan Pascal Tortelier conducts Ravel’s Rhapsodie Espagnole and Elgar’s concert overture “In the South.” Also, “Sidereus” by Argentinian composer Osvaldo Golijov. Jim Cunningham will host this Pittsburgh Symphony Radio, from Public Radio International.

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