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Rudolf Buchbinder with the CSO

Pianist Rudolf Buchbinder

At the age of 5, Austrian pianist Rudolf Buchbinder set the record for being the youngest student ever admitted to the Vienna Musik Hochschule. Early in his career, he recorded all the Beethoven sonatas and piano concertos; recently he recorded them all again—the concertos with the Vienna Philharmonic

10 Pieces That Changed the World

Orpheus from a Roman mosaic

As our sister station, WTTW launches 10 Buildings that Changed America, we at WFMT thought perhaps it was time for some reflection on the art of music composition

Music that Changed the World

Photo of Igor Stravinsky from a 1910 postcard

There is little debate among music-lovers that The Rite of Spring tops the list of pieces that changed the world, not chronologically, or necessarily in degree of importance, but in its ability to evoke discussion and yet another re-telling of the riot that erupted at its premiere

Pianos and Emanuel Ax in Public Spaces

This week some lucky museum visitors got a little bonus. Emanuel Ax toured the Pianos in Public Spaces placed around town by the Chicago Symphony in honor of the Keys to the City Festival. Listen to what some in the audience had to say. Visit the CSO’s website to find a piano near you. click more…

Emanuel Ax the Chorister?

Emanuel Ax is in town serving as Curator to the Keys to the City Piano Festival being hosted by the Chicago Symphony.  The Festival runs May 23rd to June 12th.  Here’s an excerpt from a conversation with WFMT’s Noel Morris. Click Here to Listen

Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival: Week 4

In week 4 of our concerts from the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival we hear music by Beethoven, and a couple of unusual duets, too. Jennifer Frautschi, Giora Schmidt, Teng Li, Lily Francis, and Sophie Shao join together to play Beethoven’s C Major String Quintet known as “The Storm.” Bella Hristova and Milena Pajaro-van de 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…


by Daniel Phillips With the release of their latest CD featuring the late Quartets of Beethoven, the Orion String Quartet has completed their voyage through the entire cycle of Beethoven Quartets. The following article first appeared in the 2007 Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival program book and is reprinted here by gracious permission of the more…