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Schumann and Romance
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: Three Romances, Op. 94
|Jun 10, 2018|
The Passion of Rachmaninov with pianist Ya-fei Chuang
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
Recorded in a live broadcast in WGBH's Studio One on June 21st, 2005.
|Apr 15, 2018|
A Celebration of Maurice Ravel!
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
Ravel: Piano Trio in A minor (1914)
|Mar 20, 2018|
It's Mendelssohn's birthday! Let's celebrate!
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
Felix Mendelssohn: String Quartet in E-flat Major, Op. 12
Recorded at WGBH's Fraser Performance Studio on November 5, 2013, and October 18, 2007 (string quartet).
|Feb 11, 2018|
Happy Birthday Mozart!
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.
Mozart, arr. Ulf-Guido Schäfer: Selections from “Cosi fan tutte”.
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
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
|Dec 10, 2017|
Mistral plays Vivaldi's "The Four Seasons"
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);
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
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
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
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
|Jul 23, 2017|
The Boston Early Music Festival - Retrospective
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
|Jul 22, 2016|
Blue Heron sings Du Fay
Blue Heron sings Guillaume Du Fay
Guillaume Du Fay: Entre vous, gentils amoureux
Recorded at WGBH’s Studio One on February 28, 2006.
|May 29, 2016|
Trio Cleonice plays Beethoven
Beethoven, with Trio Cleonice
Beethoven: Piano Trio Op. 70, No. 2 in E-flat Major
Recorded at WGBH’s Fraser Performance Studio on February 22, 2013.
|Apr 30, 2016|
Charlie Albright plays Liszt and Chopin
The Washington Post calls him “one of the most gifted musicians of his generation.”
Robert Schumann, trans. Franz Liszt: Widmung
Charlie Albright, piano
Recorded at WCRB's Fraser Performance Studio on May 5, 2011.
|Mar 25, 2016|
Christina Day Martinson plays Biber
Biber's Mystery Sonatas, with violinist Christina Day Martinson
Heinrich Biber: Mystery Sonatas Nos. 9-12
Recorded at WGBH Studio One on April 6, 2007.
|Feb 06, 2016|
Max Levinson plays Schumann
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
Brahms and Hubay, with Boston-based violinist Irina Muresanu
Johannes Brahms: Violin Sonata No. 3 in D minor, Op. 108
Jeno Hubay: Czardas Scene No. 2
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
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
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
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
|Jul 21, 2015|
Beethoven, with the Shanghai String Quartet
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
|Jun 23, 2015|
Bach, with Sergey Schepkin
Bach, with Sergey Schepkin
Johann Sebastian Bach: Capriccio on the Departure of His Most Beloved Brother, BWV. 992
|May 27, 2015|
Ravel, with the Chameleon Arts Ensemble
Ravel, with the Chameleon Arts Ensemble
Maurice Ravel: Introduction and Allegro
|May 12, 2015|
Beethoven, with Anton Nel
Pianist Anton Nel plays Beethoven and Mendelssohn
Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 6 in F, Op. 10 No. 2
|May 06, 2015|
Sarah Chang Plays Franck and Elgar
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)
Sarah Chang, violin; Andrew von Oeyen, piano
|Apr 21, 2015|
Ravel, with the Parker String Quartet
Maurice Ravel: String Quartet in F major
|Apr 08, 2015|