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Leonard Slatkin - Part 1 - Oct 16, 2009

The Pittsburgh Symphony's Principal Guest Conductor talks about Richard Danielpour's "A Woman's Life" and his work with the composer, the seldom-heard music of Peter Mennin, old-school Sibelius, and Slatkin's provocative blog.

Andres Cardenes - Oct 1, 2009

To open the PSO season, and his final year as Concertmaster, Andres Cardenes talks about Vivaldi's Four Seasons, Tchaikovsky's Rococo Variations, Poulenc's Sinfonietta, and performing for world leaders at the G20 Pittsburgh Summit.

Manfred Honeck - Part 2 - Jun 9, 2009

The PSO Music Director examines how Mahler devloped his monumental Symphony #2, from its origins as a tone poem to a symphony with chorus on the scale of Beethoven's Ninth. Honeck talks about Mahler's place in Viennese culture, and the philosophy behind his "Resurrection" symphony.

Manfred Honeck - Part 1 - Jun 6, 2009

The Pittsburgh Symphony's Music Director Manfred Honeck talks about Beethoven's Violin Concerto and soloist Frank Peter Zimmerman, Beethoven's Egmont overture and Mozart's Prague Symphony.

Yefim Bronfman - Apr 30, 2009

Frequent PSO guest pianist Yefim Bronfman talks about Mozart's minor-key Piano Concerto #24, his appearances with the L.A. Philharmonic and recent premiere performances.

Andres Cardenes, concertmaster - Apr 24, 2009

Andres Cardenes talks about his shoulder surgery, leaving the PSO after 21 seasons, the Pittsburgh Symphony Chamber Orchestra's farewell concert, and his future goals as a soloist, recording artist and teacher.

Leonard Slatkin - Apr 17, 2009

The Pittsburgh Symphony Principal Guest Conductor talks about Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto #3, Vocalise and Symphonic Dances, as well as his blog, family connections in Hollywood, and TV projects in Detroit.

Simon Trpceski - Apr 3, 2009

The Macedonian piano virtuoso makes his Pittsburgh debut in Rachmaninoff's Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini. He talks about the appeal of Rachmaninoff, the role of taste, and about Rachmaninoff's enormous hands.

Gianandrea Noseda - Part 2 - Mar 31, 2009

Noseda will begin the PSO's 3-week Rachmaninoff Festival. He champions the Symphony #1, whose premiere was ruined by Glazunov, and Rhapsodizes about Macedonian guest pianist Simon Trpceski. Noseda also shares his pasta sauce secrets.

Nikolaj Znaider - Mar 27, 2009

The Pittsburgh Symphony's guest violinist talks about recording the Korngold concerto (which he performs at Heinz Hall), about his growing involvement in conducting, and with some reservation, his private life.

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