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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

During our “Opera Intervention” on Connections, I promised that I would send some links to great opera productions that you can watch online. I’m still working on it!  But I thought you might enjoy this rather specific slice of opera life. 

Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra

May 1/July 31

Recorded November 3 & 5, 2016
Ward Stare, Conductor
Colin Currie, percussion

BARBER  Barber, "Medea's Meditation and Dance of Vengeance"
HIGDON  Percussion Concerto                        
COPLAND  Symphony No. 3                

May 8/August 7

Recorded January 12 & 14, 2017
Ward Stare, Conductor
James Ehnes, violin

BEETHOVEN  Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 61
RAVEL  Valses nobles et sentimentales
STRAUSS  Rosenkavalier Suite, TrV 227, OP. 59: (1945)    

Your Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra is about to perform one of the great choral works of all time: Mozart's Requiem.  RPO Music Director Ward Stare and tenor Anthony Dean Griffey, who is a professor at the Eastman School of Music, joined WXXI-FM Music Director Julia Figueras to chat about its curious history and how to approach the work. Also discussed: Hovhaness's fugues and Stravinsky's War Symphony.

January 2017 Listings for Exploring Music

Dec 27, 2016

This month on Exploring Music, host Bill McGlaughlin has a plethora of greatest hits, including Haydn's Symphonies, Mozart's Piano Concertos, Copland's Americana, and music from Scandinavian greats Grieg and Sibelius.  You won't want to miss it!

November 2016 Listings for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra

Oct 28, 2016

This month, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra brings us grand, programmatic music from Revueltas and Strauss, as well as concertos from the orchestra's own Principal Percussionist Cynthia Yeh, and Tim Fellner performes Mozart's sparkling Piano Concerto no. 22, here on Classical 91.5.

This month on Classical 91.5, Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic bring us masterpieces from Mozart, including his Requiem and Symphonies 40 and 25, plus the Bartok Viola Concerto, music from Arvo Part, and more!

10/4      Rossini: Overture to William Tell Elgar: Cello Concerto Berlioz: Symphonie fantastique (Truls Mørk, c; Leonard Slatkin, cond)  See all

#38 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Aug 28, 2016

Symphony No. 40 in g minor, K 550

One of three symphonies composed by Mozart in 1788, No. 40 was written at a dark time in Mozart’s life, when the circumstances of his life have been described as “pitiful.”  The instrumentation is sparse and the opening theme is uneasy and agitated; quite different than Symphony No. 41, nicknamed Jupiter.

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