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Ahhhhh, Spring

Vivaldi Four Seasons Spring as expressed in a sand animation film by Ferenc Cakó… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c-dHxJNsxJc Sand animation film – Ferenc CakóVivaldi: Four Seasons – Springconductor: Lamberto Gardelli

Murphy Elementary School’s Ode to Bach

Here, singing their own words to Bach’s Sleeper’s Awake, are the students from the second grade class of Murphy Elementary School in Chicago. They composed their interpretation with the guidance of composer Michael Miles; he was their resident teaching artist and accompanies the ensemble on the banjo. The double bass is played by Christ Andronis. more…

Happy Birthday, Chopin!

In honor of Chopin’s 200th birthday today, here are some great artists playing an assortment of his compositions for piano, plus a lively and impropmtu set of variations on Happy Birthday thrown in for good measure. Martha Argerich plays Chopin’s Polonaise N°6 “l’heroique”http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KCSEwfqs-VM Daniel Barenboim plays Chopin’s Waltz Op.64 No.1, the “Minute Waltz”http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1kfibWlWeP4 Valentina Lisitsa more…

Frederic Chopin’s Astrological Chart

Rudolf Firkusny was a Team Player

Thanks to pianist Stephen Hough for Tweeting a link to this 1990 Nike commercial featuring Rudolf Firkusny and David Robinson, former center for the San Antonio Spurs.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vVKWBrVqCzs Here is Rudolf Firkusny playing on the kind of team for which he was better known. This collaboration with Yo-Yo Ma and Itzhak Perlman features their performance of more…

Kirill Gerstein named as 2010 Gilmore Artist

How reassuring it is when something really spectacular happens for someone who has devoted countless hours to perfecting his craft. A perfect case in point is this story, reprinted below from the New York Times online. Kirill Gerstein has received the 2010 Gilmore Artist Award, given every four years to an unsuspecting pianist. Similar to more…

Perlman & Ashekazy & Harrell Play Beethoven

Shortly after 1pm on Monday, December 28 WFMT will air the Beethoven Piano Trio in B Flat, Opus 11 in a performance by Rudolph Serkin, Richard Stoltzman, and Alain Meunier. Here is an excerpt from a performance of a later Beethoven trio, Opus 70, #2, played at Covent Garden in 1977 by Vladimir Ashkenazy, Itzhak Perlman, and more…

Happy Anniversary Shostakovich Cello Sonata Op. 40

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q350N0Y9KyE Cellist Mstislav Rostropovich and his wife, pianist Elena Rostropovich, (piano) Olga Rostropovich

Stravinsky’s “The Firebird “

On December 23 at 3pm WFMT will play The Firebird Suite by Igor Stravinsky in a performance by the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra under the direction of Riccardo Chailly. Here is a video of the composer on the podium with the Royal Philharmonia Orchestra in a 1965 performance which was broadcast by the BBC. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5tGA6bpscj8 In more…

Bach Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248

At 3pm on December 22, WFMT will play Part 3 of the Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248 by Bach. Nikolaus Harnoncourt leads the Vienna Concentus Musicus, the Arnold Schoenberg Choir, and soloists Bernarda Fink, Christine Schäfer, Gerald Finley, Werner Güra, and Christian Gerhaher. If you’d like to follow along, you can find a score at Archive.org more…