Rank #1: 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: 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
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.
Rank #3: 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
Ya-fei Chuang, piano
Recorded in a live broadcast in WGBH's Studio One on June 21st, 2005.
Rank #4: 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.
Rank #5: 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
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.
Rank #6: 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.
Rank #7: 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)
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.
Rank #9: 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.
Rank #10: 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.