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 Monday, April 27, at 11 a.m. The new season of concerts from the San Francisco Symphony begins this week when Semyon Bychkov leads the orchestra in Schubert's Symphony in B Minor, D.759, Unfinished and Shostakovich's Symphony No. 11 in G Minor, Op. 105, The Year 1905. For an Encore the orchestra dips into the archives for Stravinsky's Symphony in Three Movements under the direction of Michael Tilson Thomas.
Airs Saturday, April 18, at 12 noon. The 2014-15 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season continues with Shostakovich’s searing drama Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk, heard in an archived performance from November. Eva-Maria Westbroek starred as the adulterous and murderous Katerina Ismailova, a role she has sung to acclaim at leading houses around the world. James Conlon conducted the performance, which also starred Brandon Jovanovich as Katerina’s lover, Sergei, and Anatoli Kotscherga as her brutal father-in-law, Boris.
Airs Monday, September 22 at 11 a.m. You’ll hear two grand pieces on the next Pittsburgh Symphony Radio broadcast. Piano superstar Yuja Wang is at Heinz Hall to play Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1. Plus Manfred Honeck conducts the Dmitri Shostakovich Symphony No. 5. I’m Jim Cunningham hoping you’ll join me on Public Radio International.
Airs Monday, February 3 at 11 a.m. On This week's concert by the San Francisco Symphony Osmo Vanska takes the podium and will be joined by violinist Hilary Hahn for the Violin Concerto No. 1 in D major by Prokofiev. To open the concert we'll hear Minea by Aho and the Symphony No. 6 in B minor by Shostakovich will close the program.