Rank #1: 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);
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
Rank #2: 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
Rank #3: 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
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
Rank #4: 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
Alisa Weilerstein, cello; Inon Barnatan, piano
Recorded at WGBH's Fraser Performance Studio on May 1st, 2008.
Jul 23 2017
Rank #5: 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
Rank #6: 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
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
Rank #7: 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
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
Rank #8: 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
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
Rank #9: Trio Cleonice plays Beethoven
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
Rank #10: 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