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Carnegie Hall Live: Leif Ove Andsnes Plays Beethoven with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra

Leif Ove Andsnes

Leif Ove Andsnes

Monday, February 23 at 7:00 pm

For this new entry in the Carnegie Hall Live series, pianist Leif Ove Andsnes conducts the Mahler Chamber Orchestra as he performs Beethoven’s Piano Concerti #s 2, 3, and 4. This presentation, in partnership with WQXR/New York, is part of Andsnes’ ambitious Beethoven Journey, to record and perform all five Beethoven concertos for piano and orchestra, plus the Fantasy for Piano, Chorus, and Orchestra. He has now played them on concert stages in 55 cities and 22 countries.

WFMT will lead up to the event throughout the day with recordings by Andsnes and by the Mahler Chamber Orchestra.

Chicago Symphony Orchestra Radio Broadcasts

Mitsuko Uchida

Mitsuko Uchida

Sunday, February 22 at 1:00 pm

In the course of a long and distinguished career, pianist Mitsuko Uchida has especially concentrated on the music of Mozart. From Symphony Center in downtown Chicago, Uchida conducts and plays solo piano in Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 18 in B-Flat, No. 9 in E-Flat, and No. 11 in F. The program also includes Mozart’s Adagio and Fugue, with some Stravinsky to lead off in a contrasting mode: the Concerto in D for String Orchestra.

Live from the Met: Don Giovanni

Peter Mattei

Peter Mattei

Saturday, February 21 at 11:30 am

The Metropolitan Opera presents Mozart’s Don Giovanni with Peter Mattei in the title role, Luca Pisaroni as Leporello, Elza van den Heever as Donna Anna, and Emma Bell as Donna Elvira. New York Philharmonic Music Director Alan Gilbert conducts the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus.

Quebec Sacred Music Festival 2014, Part 2

Ottawa Bach Choir

Ottawa Bach Choir

Friday, February 20 at 8:00 pm

Peter Van De Graaff hosts Part 2 of this series from the 18th annual Quebec International Sacred Music Festival (IMSQ). Tonight’s broadcast features the Ottawa Bach Choir in a stunning and powerful performance of Brahms’s Requiem.

The Ottawa Bach Choir is under the direction of the group’s founder/conductor Lisette Canton. Also featured in this program are pianists Mélisande Sinsoulier and Frédéric LaCroix, baritone Geoffrey Sirett, and soprano Ellen McAteer. This extremely well-received performance was recorded at Québec’s beautiful Église Saint-Dominque, on the Grand Allée near the Musée des beaux arts.



Hear an interview with Paule Bergeron of Quebec City Tourism:

And here is an interview with Laurent Patenaude, Director of the Quebec International Sacred Music Festival:

Tune in for part two on Friday, February 20 at 8:00 pm.

Impromptu: Avi Avital

Avi Avital

Avi Avital

Friday, February 20 at 10:00 am

Mandolin artist Avi Avital previews his concert at the University of Chicago. Avital has been called one of the world’s most exciting and enterprising musicians, deeply committed to building a fresh legacy for the mandolin through virtuosic performance and distinctive new repertoire while celebrating the instrument’s classical roots. Later today he’ll perform in the University of Chicago’s Mandel Hall, but this morning, Lisa Flynn welcomes him to Impromptu.

Baroque&Before with Candice Agree

Montserrat Abbey, Barcelona

Montserrat Abbey, Barcelona

Thursday, February 19 at 10:00 pm

The new organ in the Basílica of Barcelona’s Montserrat Abbey is the largest in Catalonia and one of the largest in Europe. Built by Albert Blancafort and his studio and completed in 2010, it has 4,242 pipes and 63 registers. The Montserrat International Organ Festival invited virtuosos to perform on the new instrument, and tonight we’ll hear British organist John Scott and German organist Christoph Schönfelder, as well as Capella Lacensis from the Benedictine Maria Laach Abbey of Rhineland-Palatinate.

Honoring the Lunar New Year

Yo-Yo Ma

Thursday, February 19 throughout the day

The upcoming year 4712 is labeled “The Year of the Sheep” in China. WFMT ushers it in with selected music throughout the day, drawn from China and from other nations — like Japan and Korea — that observe the Lunar New Year. Look for performances by artists including Lang Lang, the Shanghai String Quartet, Yo-Yo Ma, the China Philharmonic, Ensemble Lunaire, and the Silk Road Ensemble.

The San Francisco Symphony in Concert


Wednesday, February 18 at 8:00 pm

Christoph Eschenbach conducts with baritone Matthias Goerne as featured soloist. The program includes arias from two Wagner operas, The Flying Dutchman and Die Walküre, plus Dvorak’s most famous work, his Symphony No. 9, From the New World, and an encore of Debussy’s Three Nocturnes.

The Tuesday Night Opera with Pete Van De Graaff

Anneliese Rothenberger

Anneliese Rothenberger

Tuesday, February 17 at 8:00 pm

In this week’s edition of The Tuesday Night Opera, host Peter Van De Graaff presents a discussion and recording of Offenbach’s comedy Orpheus in the Underworld, with Adolf Dallapozza, Anneliese Rothenberger, other soloists, the Cologne Opera Chorus, and Philharmonia Hungarica, conducted by Willy Mattes.

Composer Perspective: Alexander Scriabin

Alexander Scriabin

Alexander Scriabin

Tuesday, February 17 at 1:00 pm

This season, the Chicago Symphony and its music director Riccardo Muti have been highlighting music by Alexander Scriabin. WFMT offers a two-hour Composer Perspective on the short life and often experimental work of the Russian composer who lived from 1872 to 1915, and will play selected recordings with revealing commentary.

Hear Vladimir Ashkenazy in Scriabin’s Piano Concerto in F-Sharp Minor with the London Philharmonic, conducted by Lorin Maazel; Scriabin’s Piano Sonata Number Two, played by Yuja Wang; THE POEM OF ECSTASY, Symphony Number Four, performed by the Philadelphia Orchestra with Riccardo Muti conducting; pianist Ruth Laredo, a Scriabin and Rachmaninoff devotee (Rachmaninoff was Scriabin’s fellow student at the Moscow Conservatory) in Eight Etudes, Opus Forty-Two; and PROMETHEUS: THE POEM OF FIRE featuring pianist Anatol Ugorski, with Pierre Boulez conducting the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Chorus.