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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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Schumann and Romance

Schumann and Romance

2018-06-1000:39:095

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.42Krista River, mezzo-soprano; Judith Gordon, pianoRecorded in a live broadcast at WCRB's Fraser Performance Studio on February 4th, 2008.Robert Schumann: Three Romances, Op. 94Keisuke Wakao, oboe; Christoph Eschenbach, pianoRecorded in a live broadcast at WCRB's Fraser Performance Studio, March 1st, 2012
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.36Ya-fei Chuang, pianoRecorded in a live broadcast in WGBH's Studio One on June 21st, 2005.
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'EauJanina Fialkowska, pianoRecorded 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, pianoRecorded in a live broadcast at WGBH's Fraser Performance Studio on April 15th, 2008.
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. 14Benjamin Grosvenor, pianoFelix Mendelssohn: String Quartet in E-flat Major, Op. 12Pacifica String Quartet: Simin Ganatra, violin; Sibbi Bernhardsson, violin; Masumi Per Rostad, viola; Brandon Vamos, celloRecorded at WGBH's Fraser Performance Studio on November 5, 2013, and October 18, 2007 (string quartet).
Happy Birthday Mozart!

Happy Birthday Mozart!

2018-01-0700:33:032

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, pianoMozart, 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, hornRecorded at WGBH's Fraser Performance Studioon February 26, 2009 (violin sonata), and at WGBH's, Studio One, February 6, 2004 (wind quintet).
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. 17William Purvis, horn; Mihae Lee, pianoBeethoven: 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. 8William Hite, tenor; Gilles Vonsattel, piano; Brian Howard, cello; Bruce Milano, mandolinBeethoven: Two works for Mandolin and Fortepiano     Sonatina in C, Woo44a     Adagio in E flat, WoO 43bBryce Milano, mandolin; Sylvia Berry, fortepianoRecorded at WGBH's Fraser Performance Studio on December 8, 2011.
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 SeasonsConcerto 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.
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 Vagabond2. Let Beauty Awake3. The Roadside Fire4. Youth and Love5. In Dreams6. The Infinite Shining Heavens7. Whither Must I Wander?8. Bright is the ring of words9. I have trod the upward and the downward slopeTyler Duncan, baritone; Erika Switzer, pianoRecorded in a live broadcast at WGBH's Fraser Performance Studio on January 10, 2008.
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. 65Alisa Weilerstein, cello; Inon Barnatan, pianoRecorded at WGBH's Fraser Performance Studio on May 1st, 2008.
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.
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. 120James Campbell, clarinet; Marc-Andre Hamelin, pianoRecorded at WCRB’s Fraser Performance Studio (October 20, 2010)
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, violinJ.S. Bach: Flute Sonata in B minor, BWV 1030 with Marten Root, flute; Menno van Delft, harpsichordRecorded at WCRB’s Fraser Performance Studio (January 4, 2013 and April 1, 2008)
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, pianoChopin: Ballade No. 1 with Lise de la Salle, pianoRecorded at WCRB’s Fraser Performance Studio (May 1, 2008 and November 10, 2009)
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, pianoMozart: Exsultate Jubilate, Part II, "Tu Virginum Corona" with soprano Kristen Watson and the Acadia PlayersMozart: Sonata for two pianos in D major, K. 448, with pianists Alexander Korsantia and Yelena BeriyevaRecorded at WGBH's Studio One (January 27, 2006) and WCRB’s Fraser Performance Studio (October 3,  2012 and March 24, 2009)
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. 1Igor Stravinsky (arr. Guido Agosti): Danse infernale du roi Katschei: Allegro feroceRecorded at WCRB’s Fraser Performance Studio on October 3, 2012.
Blue Heron sings Du Fay

Blue Heron sings Du Fay

2016-05-2900:36:44

Blue Heron sings Guillaume Du FayGuillaume Du Fay: Entre vous, gentils amoureuxDu Fay: Je me complainsDu Fay: J’atendray tant qu’il vous playraHugo de Lantins: Mon doulx espoirDu Fay: Puisque vous estez campieurGilles Binchois: Tant plus aymeDu Fay: Helas, mon dueilDu Fay: Adieu m’amourDu Fay: Par droit je puis complaindreRecorded at WGBH’s Studio One on February 28, 2006.
Beethoven, with Trio CleoniceBeethoven: Piano Trio Op. 70, No. 2 in E-flat MajorTrio Cleonice: Ari Isaacman-Beck, violin; Gwen Krosnick, cello; Emely Phelps, piano.Recorded at WGBH’s Fraser Performance Studio on February 22, 2013.
The Washington Post calls him “one of the most gifted musicians of his generation.”Robert Schumann, trans. Franz Liszt:  WidmungFrederic 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, pianoRecorded at WCRB's Fraser Performance Studio on May 5, 2011.
Biber's Mystery Sonatas, with violinist Christina Day MartinsonHeinrich Biber:  Mystery Sonatas Nos. 9-12Christina Day Martinson, violin; Martin Pearlman, harpsichordRecorded at WGBH Studio One on April 6, 2007.
Max Levinson plays Schumann

Max Levinson plays Schumann

2015-11-2800:35:22

Schumann, with pianist Max LevinsonRobert Schumann:  Symphonic Etudes, Op. 13; Arabesque, Op. 18Recorded at WGBH's Studio One on September 21, 2001.
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