Airs Thursday, November 27, 2014. As Musical America's 2012 "Musicians of the Year," cellist David Finckel and pianist Wu Han rank among the most respected and influential classical musicians in the world today. Their repertoire as a duo spans virtually the entire literature for cello and piano. However is is the combination of talent, energy, imagination and dedication that they bring to their endeavors as performers, educators, recording artists, artistic administrators and cultural entrepreneurs, that make them so incredibly special. In this episode, we listen to David Finckel and Wu Han perform Strauss' Cello Sonata in F Major, Op. 6, the slow movement from Messiaen's "Quartet from the End of Time" entitled "Praise to the Eternity of Jesus," and Chopin's Sonata for Cello and Piano in G minor, Op. 65, performed during the 2013 Savannah Music Festival at Trinity United Methodist Church.
On this week's broadcast concert by the Pittsburgh Symphony it’s a program of favorites conducted by Music Director Manfred Honeck. Featured on the concert are Rossini’s William Tell Overture and the first of Haydn’s 12 London Symphonies – his No. 93. We'll close the show wit Richard Strauss’ Ein Heldenleben. Jim Cunningham will host the Pittsburgh Symphony Radio on Red River Radio.
Airs Monday, June 23 at 11 a.m. This week on the next broadcast concert by the Pittsburgh Symphony, Mariss Jansons will lead the orchestra in works by Schubert and Brahms. The concert opens with Schubert’s Overture in C Major “In the Italian Style,” and then we'll hear the Symphony No. 3 by Brahms and we close by returning to Schubert for his Symphony No. 9. We'll also hear some archival recordings featuring violinist Sidney Harth joined by pianist Harry Franklin for Richard Strauss’ Sonata in E-flat major, Op. 18 for Violin and Piano.
Airs Saturday, February 22 at 12 noon. The 2013-14 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season continues with Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier, heard in an archival broadcast from earlier this season. Edward Gardner leads the cast that features Viennese soprano Martina Serafin in one of her signature roles, the Marschallin. Mezzo-soprano Alice Coote sings the trouser role of the Marschallin’s young lover, Octavian, while soprano Erin Morley is Sophie, the innocent young woman who comes between the two.
Bill Beckett spoke with pianist Asiya Korepanova and Dr. Lester Senter Wilson, the Executive Director of the Wideman International Piano Competition about the Shreveport Symphony Orchestra’s concert on Saturday, November 16 at 7:30 pm in Riverview Theatre. The concert features Asiya Korepanova in the Burlekse by Richard Strauss and Twyla Robinson in the Four Last Songs of Richard Strauss as well as his tone poem Don Juan. The concert opens with Wagner’s Prelude and Liebestod from Tristan und Isolde. For more information you can contact online the Shreveport Symphony Orchestra or call 318-227-8863.