Tune in at noon to hear the Mozart "Magic Flute" everyone's been talking about. It's designed by the celebrated Japanese artist Jun Kaneko (who now resides in Omaha, Nebraska!) and is sung in English. Albina Shagimuratova "dazzles" as the Queen of the Night, Nathan Gunn delights as Papageno, and Heidi Stober (with her "rare vivacity of voice and personality") triumphs as Pamina.
Tune in Tuesday at 7 as Mariss Jansons leads his Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra in Mahler's Symphony no. 2, the "Resurrection." One critic called it "quite astonishing" and "one of the best concerts I have attended." (Another wrote that it drove to "an overwhelming conclusion." Also on the broadcast: Andras Schiff performing Mendelssohn's Piano Concerto no. 2.
Join us Monday 7 PM as the Orchestra Iowa Chamber Players perform a sonata for two violins by French Baroque composer Jean-Marie LeClair, a string trio by Luigi Boccherini, and the String Quintet no. 2 of Felix Mendelssohn. Mendelssohn, often described as the greatest prodigy in the history of music, wrote a radiant Quintet in his teens, then returned to the medium near the end of his life, producing the work featured in this broadcast. It is darker and more passionately intense than its predecessor. Hear it on this encore broadcast of Symphonies of Iowa, hosted by Jacqueline Halbloom.
Prepare to move to the beat of a different drummer on the September Iowa Arts Showcase as Matt Andreini discusses the Iowa/Hungary Percussion Project, which has commissioned works from three Iowan and three Hungarian composers for percussion duo. Also, Deborah Dakin & Robert Elfline of Augustana College tell us about Laura Kaminsky's And Trouble Came: An African AIDS Diary, which they'll be performing in Davenport with the Tikkun Trio. Orchestra Iowa’s Tim Hankewich and Hancher's Chuck Swanson update us on their respective 2013-14 seasons.
At the premiere of Jake Heggie's "Moby-Dick," the audience kept bursting into spontaneous applause. Could an opera do justice to Melville's epic, mythic novel? Listeners felt it did and the critics agreed, calling it Heggie's "richest and most expressively assured" opera yet, "a masterpiece." Tune in at noon to hear it in the triumphant production from the San Francisco Opera.
Join us tonight at 7 to hear Thomas Hampson sing "The Wound-Dresser" - John Adams' setting of poetry of Walt Whitman about the experience of nursing in the Civil War. The New York Philharmonic also performs Gustav Mahler's Symphony no. 2, "The Resurrection." The New York Times wrote that Adams' "music is driven by Whitman’s words, set with a deft blend of aching lyricism and conversational naturalness. Mr. Hampson brought myriad colorings to his singing." Alan Gilbert conducts.
Join us at 7PM to hear one of the supreme pianists, Mitsuko Uchida, perform a work she's renowned for, Beethoven's Piano Concerto no. 4. Mariss Jansons conducts the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, which also performs Berlioz's Symphonie Fantastique. The concert broadcast also includes an interview about Beethoven with Uchida, who is Artist-in-Residence of the Cleveland Orchestra, co-director of the Marlboro Music Festival, and a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire.
Tune in tonight at 7 as the Des Moines Symphony Orchestra performs Mendelssohn's "Italian" Symphony, music from Humperdinck's "Hansel and Gretel," and two works of Liszt - BOTH piano concertos, played by pianist Jon Nakamatsu. Nakamatsu, from Oakland, CA, won the Gold Medal at the Van Cliburn competition, and has since built a notable international career and discography. Joseph Giunta conducts in this encore presentation from IPR's Symphonies of Iowa series, hosted by Jacqueline Halbloom.
If you can't make it to Orchestra Iowa's annual outdoor concert at the Brucemore in Cedar Rapids, tune in to IPR Classical to hear it live. Tim Hankewich and co. will perform three Russian masterpieces everyone knows (and loves!): the Polovtsian Dances by Borodin (the basis of the song "Stranger in Paradise"); the Piano Concerto no. 2 of Rachmaninoff, featuring Iowa's extraordinary Miko Kominami as soloist; and Tchaikovsky's Fourth Symphony, with its rich drama, colorful evocations of Russian folk music, and barn-burning finale.
Two of Iowa's finest orchestra will perform outdoors this weekend, and IPR takes you there. At RiverLoop Ampitheatre in Waterloo at 7:30 tonight, you can hear the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony perform Dvorak's "New World Symphony" and a pair of Slavonic Dances (Jason Weinberger tells Barney Sherman about it in the first clip below). Then, Sunday night at the Brucemore Mansion in Cedar Rapids, Orchestra Iowa performs an all-Russian program - Borodin, Rachmaninoff, and Tchaikovsky - to be broadcast live as part of IPR's Performance Iowa series.
Tune in Saturday at 10 AM for this week's Spoleto Chamber Music Festival broadcast, featuring the Piano Quintet by the pioneering American composer Amy Beach, and the delightful Sextet by the neglected Tyrolean master Ludwig Thuille. The stellar performers include the St. Lawrence String Quartet and leading American musicians such as horn player Eric Ruske.
Join us at noon for the San Francisco Opera's production of Bellini's "Montagues and Capulets." You couldn't ask for a better cast: as Romeo is no less than the great American mezzo Joyce DiDonato; as Juliet is Nicole Cabelle, winner of the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World contest.
This week and next week on University Concert, we'll be airing a concert by the Ames Piano Quartet, recorded live in April of 2012. It was the quartet's last performance under that name (they are now called the Amara Piano Quartet, and the last time they performed with their previous lineup: violinist Mahlon Darlington, violist Jonathan Sturm, cellist George Work, and pianist William David. This week, we'll hear music by Brahms, Bridge, Dvorak, and more.
Tune in tonight at 7 to hear the amazing Leonidas Kavakos play Korngold's Violin Concerto and Alan Gilbert conduct the New York Philharmonic in two symphonies of Carl Nielsen. Erich Wolfgang Korngold - the greatest Viennese prodigy since Mozart - fled the Third Reich and afterwards made his living in Hollywood; his Violin Concerto is an outright masterpiece. As for Nielsen, he's been called "the most underrated composer of the 2oth century." Gilbert conducts the Second Symphony ("The Four Temperaments") and his Third (the Sinfonia Espansiva).
Internationally-renowned pianist Jon Nakamatsu joins the Des Moines Symphony Orchestra for performances of Liszt’s first and second piano concertos in an encore broadcast on Monday, September 9 at 7 p.m. Nakamatsu, a Van Cliburn International Piano Competition gold medalist, has performed at the Chopin Institute in Warsaw, the Beijing International Piano Festival and with jazz pianist David Benoit at the prestigious Montalvo Arts Center in Saratoga, CA.
Join us tonight at 7 to hear Vadim Repin (called "the best and most perfect violinist I've ever heard" by Yehudi Menuhin) perform the concerto written for him by James MacMillan, whose "musical language is flooded with influences from his Scottish heritage, Catholic faith, social conscience and close connection with Celtic folk music." The concert also includes Beethoven's 5th Symphony and Coriolan Overture. It features the BBC Scottish Symphony led by Donald Runnicles.
Tune in Sunday at 2PM as the Chicago Symphony Orchestra explores the literary imagination of French Romantic maverick Hector Berlioz. The concert begins with his Corsair (an overture first titled after a James Fenimore Cooper novel), continues with music from Romeo and Juliet (based on the bard of Stratford-upon-Avon, of course), and continues with the viola c0ncerto/symphony Harold in Italy (based on Byron). As an encore, Susan Graham sings the delicious "Summer Nights," Berlioz's setting of poems by Théophile Gautier. Sir Mark Elder conducts.
Join us Saturday at noon as the San Francisco Opera broadcast season begins with Wagner's The Valkyries, the second installment in his Ring cycle. In this production, "theatrical and musical vitality fused to create a tale of enormous emotional urgency," according to the San Francisco Chronicle. Donald Runnicles conducts, Mark Delavan is Wotan and Nina Stemme is Brunnhilde.
Tune in tonight at 7 as Alan Gilbert leads the New York Philharmonic in a concert that contrasts two kinds of "Russian-ness" in Stravinsky. "The Fairy's Kiss" is his loving tribute to Tchaikovsky; "Petroushka" bursts with Russian color and Russian folk themes.
The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony, led by music director Jason Weinberger, joins forces with the Cedar Valley Chamber Music Festival to bring audiences an eclectic array of American chamber music in an encore broadcast at 7 p.m. on Monday, September 2.
Join us Tuesday at 7 PM as Nikolai Lugansky - the young Russian who was one of the artists listed by the New York Times as evidence that we live in a "golden age" of the piano - performs everyone's favorite Rachmaninoff Concerto, the Third. Then Peter Oundjian, who left a major career as a violinist to become a conductor, leads Tchaikovsky's Fifth Symphony. Performing is the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, which recently appointed Oundjian its music director.
Join us Monday at 7 PM for an encore broadcast of Orchestra Iowa's triumphant return to the Paramount Theatre, refurbished after the devastating flood of 2008. Music director Tim Hankewich leads the concert, which took place in November, 2012. It features Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition, Richard Strauss's Rosenkavalier Waltzes, and Gunther Schuller's Seven Studies on Themes of Paul Klee. Jacqueline Halbloom is the producer and host of our Symphonies of Iowa series.
Tune in at 2PM as Marc-Andre Hamelin, Canadian pianist extraordinaire, plays the Piano Concerto No. 1 of Shostakovich, and Kirill Petrenko debuts with the Chicago Symphony in Mussorgsky and Rachmaninoff. The young Russian maestro this year conducted the Ring Cycle in Bayreuth and became music director of the Bavarian State Opera.
This week on University Concert, we'll hear selections from three 2010 concerts by the University of Iowa Chamber Orchestra, a graduate student ensemble directed by Dr. William LaRue Jones. They'll be playing music by Schumann, Shostakovich, and Wagner.
University Concert is our weekly spotlight on live music taking place on college and university campuses across the state. It can be heard Saturday mornings at 7:00 a.m. and Sunday evenings at 6:00 p.m.
Tune in at noon for Puccini's Tosca from the LA Opera. Sondra Radvanovsky, in the title role, provides what a critic called "a voice of power, but also a voice of great beauty." (He added, What an actress!) Marco Berti and the other singers also won high praise. And the conductor is none other than Placido Domingo.
Join us at 7 PM when the great American violinist Hilary Hahn plays Prokofiev's first concerto with the San Francisco Symphony led by the Finnish maestro Osmo Vanska. Vanska also conducts the Shostakovich Sixth Symphony, as well as a work written for him by his countryman Kalevi Aho, Minea. (This piece, written for Vanska's Minnesota Orchestra, is a "generally straightforward romp, in which principal players from throughout the large orchestra are tapped to play spotlighted roles.") Pictured is Hilary Hahn during a recent visit to the studios of NPR!
Tune in tonight at 7 to hear Ivan Fischer (one of the great Beethoven conductors) with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra (voted the world's finest in an international poll) in Beethoven's First, Second, and Fifth Symphonies. The concert broadcast is part of our Live from the Concertgebouw series.
Tune in tonight at 7 to hear pianist Paul Lewis - winner of many major awards- play one of Mozart's greatest concertos, his 25th in C major. Then, another acclaimed young Briton, Daniel Harding, conducts the Mahler Chamber Orchestra in two other masterpieces in C major: Schumann's Symphony no. 2 and Sibelius's Symphony no. 7. The concert broadcast begins with Mozart's Masonic Funeral Music.