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Classical Performance

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. Find episodes and subscribe in iTunes.

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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.


12 Nov 2017

Rank #1

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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.


29 Sep 2015

Rank #2

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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.


10 Dec 2017

Rank #3

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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.


23 Jul 2017

Rank #4

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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.


28 Nov 2015

Rank #5

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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)


27 Jan 2017

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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.


22 Jul 2016

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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.


25 Mar 2016

Rank #8

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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.


30 Apr 2016

Rank #9

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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)


25 Mar 2017

Rank #10