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The Classical Performance podcast features the very best live classical performances, recorded by WCRB. From local up-and-comers to world-renowned masters, the Classical Performance podcast is your source for classical, on the go.

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Episode Date
Schumann and Romance
38:48

Robert Schumann was born in this month in 1810, so we have Krista River and Judith Gordon performing  Schumann's great song-cycle, "Frauenliebe und Leben", "A Woman's Love and Life", composed in 1840, the year Schumann married Clara Wieck.  Also on the program, Schumann's Three Romances for Oboe and Piano, played by oboist Keisuke Wakao with pianist Christoph Eschenbach.

Robert Schumann: Frauenliebe und Leben, Op.42
Krista River, mezzo-soprano; Judith Gordon, piano
Recorded in a live broadcast at WCRB's Fraser Performance Studio on February 4th, 2008.

Robert Schumann: Three Romances, Op. 94
Keisuke Wakao, oboe; Christoph Eschenbach, piano
Recorded in a live broadcast at WCRB's Fraser Performance Studio, March 1st, 2012

Jun 10, 2018
The Passion of Rachmaninov with pianist Ya-fei Chuang
22:26

We're celebrating Rachmaninov's birthday! Ya-fei Chuang's virtuosity and passion are front and center in this live performance of his Piano Sonata No. 2.

Rachmaninov: Piano Sonata No.2 in B-flat minor, Op.36
Ya-fei Chuang, piano

Recorded in a live broadcast in WGBH's Studio One on June 21st, 2005.

Apr 15, 2018
A Celebration of Maurice Ravel!
33:59

Ravel once said: “We should always remember that sensitiveness and emotion constitute the real content of a work of art.“  Canadian pianist Janina Fialkowska brings his art to life in "Jeux d'Eau".  Also, the Moet Trio was the first ensemble to participate in the New England Conservatory's Professional Piano Trio Training Program - and they did a great performance for us of Ravel's Trio.

Ravel: Jeux d'Eau
Janina Fialkowska, piano
Recorded in a live broadcast at WGBH's Fraser Performance Studio on October 6th, 2008.

Ravel: Piano Trio in A minor (1914)
Moet Trio: Yuri Namkung, violin; Yves Dharamraj, cello; Michael Mizrahi, piano
Recorded in a live broadcast at WGBH's Fraser Performance Studio on April 15th, 2008.

Mar 20, 2018
It's Mendelssohn's birthday! Let's celebrate!
38:18

February is Mendelssohn's birthday month, and it's also the month of Valentine's Day.  Felix wrote the Andante and Rondo Capriccioso for a girl he was smitten with, and his 2nd String Quartet is based on a gorgeous love song, "Ist es wahr?" ('Is it true?')!

Felix Mendelssohn: Andante and Rondo Capriccioso, Op. 14
Benjamin Grosvenor, piano

Felix Mendelssohn: String Quartet in E-flat Major, Op. 12
Pacifica String Quartet: Simin Ganatra, violin; Sibbi Bernhardsson, violin; Masumi Per Rostad, viola; Brandon Vamos, cello

Recorded at WGBH's Fraser Performance Studio on November 5, 2013, and October 18, 2007 (string quartet).

Feb 11, 2018
Happy Birthday Mozart!
32:37

Mozart's birthday is January 27th, and we're celebrating with a couple of great performances from our studio. 

Mozart: Violin Sonata in G major, K.301.
Haldan Martinson, violin; Sally Pinkas, piano

Mozart, arr. Ulf-Guido Schäfer: Selections from “Cosi fan tutte”.
Ma’Alot Wind Quintet: Christina Fassbender, flute; Christian Wetzel, oboe; Ulf-Guido Schäfer, clarinet; Volker Tessmann, bassoon; Volker Grewel, horn

Recorded at WGBH's Fraser Performance Studioon February 26, 2009 (violin sonata), and at WGBH's, Studio One, February 6, 2004 (wind quintet).

Jan 07, 2018
A Beethoven Birthday celebration
27:53

It's Beethoven's birthday on December 16th! We celebrate with a studio performance featuring some of his more out-of-the way pieces.

Beethoven: Sonata in F for Horn and Piano, Op. 17
William Purvis, horn; Mihae Lee, piano
Beethoven: Three Irish and Welsh Songs     Cupid’s Kindness, WoO 155 No.2     The Kiss, Dear Maid, Thy Lip Has Left, WoO 153, No. 9     Come Draw We Round The Cheerful Ring, WoO 152, No. 8
William Hite, tenor; Gilles Vonsattel, piano; Brian Howard, cello; Bruce Milano, mandolin
Beethoven: Two works for Mandolin and Fortepiano     Sonatina in C, Woo44a     Adagio in E flat, WoO 43b
Bryce Milano, mandolin; Sylvia Berry, fortepiano
Recorded at WGBH's Fraser Performance Studio on December 8, 2011.

Dec 10, 2017
Mistral plays Vivaldi's "The Four Seasons"
41:22

The chamber music ensemble Mistral is in its 21st season. We take a look back at a studio performance of a scaled-down version of Vivaldi's "The Four Seasons".

Vivaldi:  The Four Seasons

Concerto No. 1 in E major, Op. 8, RV 269, "Spring" (Gabriela Diaz, solo violin);
Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op. 8, RV 315, "Summer" (Kristopher Tong, solo violin);
Concerto No. 3 in F major, Op. 8, RV 293, "Autumn" (Yura Lee, solo violin);
Concerto No. 4 in F minor, Op. 8, RV 297, "Winter" (Irina Muresanu, solo violin)

Mistral: Irina Muresanu, Yura Lee, Gabriela Diaz, and Kristopher Tong, violins; Yura Lee, viola; Jan Muller-Szeraws, cello; Karl Doty, bass; Leon Schelhase, harpsichord 

Recorded in a live broadcast at WGBH's Fraser Performance Studio on December 3, 2009.

Nov 12, 2017
Tyler Duncan sings "Songs of Travel" by Vaughan Williams
24:19

Baritone Tyler Duncan sings Vaughan Williams's tribute to the open road: "Songs of Travel", set to the poetry of Robert Louis Stephenson.

Ralph Vaughan Williams: Songs of Travel
(texts by Robert Louis Stevenson)
1. The Vagabond
2. Let Beauty Awake
3. The Roadside Fire
4. Youth and Love
5. In Dreams
6. The Infinite Shining Heavens
7. Whither Must I Wander?
8. Bright is the ring of words
9. I have trod the upward and the downward slope

Tyler Duncan, baritone; Erika Switzer, piano

Recorded in a live broadcast at WGBH's Fraser Performance Studio on January 10, 2008.

Oct 08, 2017
Alisa Weilerstein plays Chopin with Inon Barnatan
26:25

Cellist Alisa Weilerstein has been acclaimed world-wide since she performed in our studio back in 2008. We revisit that perfromance with Inon Barnatan, in honor of her appearance with the BSO at Tanglewood on August 11th, 2017.

Chopin:  Sonata for Piano and Cello in G minor, Op. 65
Alisa Weilerstein, cello; Inon Barnatan, piano

Recorded at WGBH's Fraser Performance Studio on May 1st, 2008.

Jul 23, 2017
The Boston Early Music Festival - Retrospective
35:24

Looking forward to the Boston Early Music Festival, June 11-18, 2017, we remember three great performances from past festivals.

Handel: Fuga in D; and Sweelink: Pavana Lacrimae, with the Flanders Recorder Quartet, (June 14, 2009).

J.S. Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 in D Major, BWV 1050, with the Boston Early Music Festival Chamber Ensemble, Paul O’Dette and Robert Mealy, directors; Sandra Miller, baroque flute; Robert Mealy baroque violin; Kristian Bezuidenhout, harpsichord (June 11, 2009).

Purcell: Sweeter than Roses, with Carolyn Sampson, soprano; Elizabeth Kenny, lute; Paul O’Dette, theorbo; Stephen Stubbs, Baroque guitar (June 14, 2007).

Recorded at NEC's Jordan Hall, Boston.

Jun 07, 2017
A Brahms Celebration with James Campbell and Marc-Andre Hamelin
23:56

Clarinetist James Campbell and pianist Marc-Andre Hamelin got together in our WCRB studio to celebrate Brahms:

Johannes Brahms: Sonata for Clarinet and Piano in F minor, Op. 120

James Campbell, clarinet; Marc-Andre Hamelin, piano

Recorded at WCRB’s Fraser Performance Studio (October 20, 2010)

May 07, 2017
A Bach Celebration from WCRB's Studio
35:25

Celebrating Johann Sebastian Bach's birthday, with two fine performances from our WCRB studio:

J.S. Bach: Partita No. 2 for Violin in D minor, BWV 1004 with Angelo Xiang Yu, violin

J.S. Bach: Flute Sonata in B minor, BWV 1030 with Marten Root, flute; Menno van Delft, harpsichord

Recorded at WCRB’s Fraser Performance Studio (January 4, 2013 and April 1, 2008)

Mar 25, 2017
A Chopin Celebration from WCRB's Studio
37:31

Celebrating the March birthday of Frederic Chopin - Two performances from our WCRB Studio:

Chopin: Cello Sonata in G minor, Op.65 with Alisa Weilerstein, cello; Inon Barnatan, piano

Chopin: Ballade No. 1 with Lise de la Salle, piano

Recorded at WCRB’s Fraser Performance Studio (May 1, 2008 and November 10, 2009)

Mar 09, 2017
A Mozart Celebration from WCRB's Studios
44:42

It's a Mozart Birthday Celebration - three fabulous peformances from our WGBH/WCRB Studios:

Mozart: Violin Sonata in E minor, K. 304, with Corey Cerovsek, violin; Jeremy Denk, piano
Mozart: Exsultate Jubilate, Part II, "Tu Virginum Corona" with soprano Kristen Watson and the Acadia Players
Mozart: Sonata for two pianos in D major, K. 448, with pianists Alexander Korsantia and Yelena Beriyeva

Recorded at WGBH's Studio One (January 27, 2006) and WCRB’s Fraser Performance Studio (October 3,  2012 and March 24, 2009)

Jan 27, 2017
Daniil Trifonov plays Fairy Tales by Medtner
14:10

According to the Cleveland Plain Dealer, “Even having seen it, one cannot quite believe it. Such is the artistry of pianist-composer Daniil Trifonov.”

Nicolai Medtner:  Fairy Tales (selections) - Fairy Tale in A minor, Op. 51, No. 2; Fairy Tale in E-flat Major, Op. 26, No. 1; Fairy Tale in B-flat minor, Op. 20, No. 1
Igor Stravinsky (arr. Guido Agosti): Danse infernale du roi Katschei: Allegro feroce


Recorded at WCRB’s Fraser Performance Studio on October 3, 2012.

Jul 22, 2016
Blue Heron sings Du Fay
36:20

Blue Heron sings Guillaume Du Fay

Guillaume Du Fay: Entre vous, gentils amoureux
Du Fay: Je me complains
Du Fay: J’atendray tant qu’il vous playra
Hugo de Lantins: Mon doulx espoir
Du Fay: Puisque vous estez campieur
Gilles Binchois: Tant plus ayme
Du Fay: Helas, mon dueil
Du Fay: Adieu m’amour
Du Fay: Par droit je puis complaindre

Recorded at WGBH’s Studio One on February 28, 2006.

May 29, 2016
Trio Cleonice plays Beethoven
31:51

Beethoven, with Trio Cleonice

Beethoven: Piano Trio Op. 70, No. 2 in E-flat Major
Trio Cleonice: Ari Isaacman-Beck, violin; Gwen Krosnick, cello; Emely Phelps, piano.

Recorded at WGBH’s Fraser Performance Studio on February 22, 2013.

Apr 30, 2016
Charlie Albright plays Liszt and Chopin
20:37

The Washington Post calls him “one of the most gifted musicians of his generation.”

Robert Schumann, trans. Franz Liszt:  Widmung
Frederic Chopin: Etudes, Op. 25:  No. 1 in A-flat, No. 2 in F major, No. 7 in C-sharp minor, No. 9 in G-flat major, and No. 12 in C minor.

Charlie Albright, piano

Recorded at WCRB's Fraser Performance Studio on May 5, 2011.

Mar 25, 2016
Christina Day Martinson plays Biber
32:21

Biber's Mystery Sonatas, with violinist Christina Day Martinson

Heinrich Biber:  Mystery Sonatas Nos. 9-12
Christina Day Martinson, violin; Martin Pearlman, harpsichord

Recorded at WGBH Studio One on April 6, 2007.

Feb 06, 2016
Max Levinson plays Schumann
34:58

Schumann, with pianist Max Levinson

Robert Schumann:  Symphonic Etudes, Op. 13; Arabesque, Op. 18

Recorded at WGBH's Studio One on September 21, 2001.

Nov 28, 2015
Irina Muresanu plays Brahms and Hubay
33:35

Brahms and Hubay, with Boston-based violinist Irina Muresanu

Johannes Brahms:  Violin Sonata No. 3 in D minor, Op. 108
Irina Muresanu, violin; Dana Ciocarlie, piano

Jeno Hubay:  Czardas Scene No. 2
Irina Muresanu, violin; New England String Ensemble, Federico Cortese, conductor

Recorded at WCRB’s Fraser Performance Studio on February 14, 2008 (Brahms) and September 20, 2007 (Hubay).

Oct 30, 2015
Tchaikovsky, with A Far Cry
37:09

The self-conducted string orchestra A Far Cry plays Tchaikovsky's "Souvenir de Florence".

Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Sextet in D minor, Op. 70 “Souvenir de Florence”

Recorded at WCRB’s Fraser Performance Studio on January 22, 2010.

Sep 29, 2015
Beethoven, with the Warner-Nuzova Duo
10:43

Cellist Wendy Warner and pianist Irina Nuzova play Beethoven's arrangement of a Mozart aria.

Ludwig van Beethoven: Variations on “Bei Männern, welche Liebe fühlen”, from Mozart’s “Magic Flute”

Aug 26, 2015
Brahms, with David Deveau and the Shanghai Quartet
41:49

Pianist David Deveau and the Shanghai String Quartet play Brahms at the 2015 Rockport Chamber Music Festival.

Johannes Brahms: Piano Quartet in G minor, Op. 25
David Deveau, piano; Shanghai String Quartet

Jul 21, 2015
Beethoven, with the Shanghai String Quartet
25:25

The Shanghai Quartet play Beethoven on opening weekend of the 2015 Rockport Chamber Music Festival

Ludwig van Beethoven: String Quartet No. 6 in B-flat, Op. 18 No. 6
Shanghai String Quartet

Jun 23, 2015
Bach, with Sergey Schepkin
24:41

Bach, with Sergey Schepkin

Johann Sebastian Bach:  Capriccio on the Departure of His Most Beloved Brother, BWV. 992
Sergey Schepkin, piano

May 27, 2015
Ravel, with the Chameleon Arts Ensemble
12:33

Ravel, with the Chameleon Arts Ensemble

Maurice Ravel: Introduction and Allegro
Members of the Chameleon Arts Ensemble:  Anna Reinersman, harp; Deborah Boldin, flute; Kelli O'Connor, clarinet; Joanna Kurkowicz, violin; Heidi Braun-Hill, violin; Scott Woolweaver, viola; Rafael Popper-Keizer, cello

May 12, 2015
Beethoven, with Anton Nel
24:58

Pianist Anton Nel plays Beethoven and Mendelssohn

Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 6 in F, Op. 10 No. 2
Mendelssohn: Fantasy in F-sharp minor, Op. 28
Anton Nel, piano

May 06, 2015
Sarah Chang Plays Franck and Elgar
10:16

Violinist Sarah Chang is joined by pianist Andrew von Oeyen for music by Franck and Elgar

Cesar Franck: Sonata in A major, Mvt. 4 (Allegretto poco mosso)
Edward Elgar: Salut d’Amour

Sarah Chang, violin; Andrew von Oeyen, piano

Apr 21, 2015
Ravel, with the Parker String Quartet
29:55

Maurice Ravel:  String Quartet in F major
Parker String Quartet:  Daniel Chong, violin; Karen Kim, violin; Jessica Bodner, viola; Kee-Hyun Kim, cello

Apr 08, 2015