Pianist Emanuel Ax talks about his friendship with Alfred Brendel, the history of great pianists in Pittsburgh especially Byron Janis, the perfection in Chopin's music, playing Chopin in his native Poland, and about Chopin's remains.
Charles Dutoit discusses his new post with The Philadelphia Orchestra; the ties between Debussy's "Jeux" and Diaghilev's tennis-match ballet scenario; Janacek's "Sinfonietta;" and he defends the orchestration of Chopin's Piano Concerto #2.
Conductor Stephane Deneve explains the title of Ravel's "Pavane pour une enfant defunte," recalls visits to Ravel's home, talks about Roussel's "Bacchus et Arianne," the recent birth of his first child, and his first hearing of the Pittsburgh Symphony in Europe.
Principal Harp Gretchen Van Hoesen gives a detailed preview Andre Previn's brand-new concerto, commissioned for her by the Pittsburgh Symphony. She talks about Previn's PSO years, her teachers, her father, and her prized lavender harp.
Andre Previn talks about his new harp concerto for the Pittsburgh Symphony's Gretchen Van Hoesen, Copland's "Appalachian Spring," his forthcoming opera, "Brief Encounter," and his new jazz CD, "Alone."
Marin Alsop tells Jim Cunningham about her Pittsburgh Symphony program with two settings of Romeo & Juliet and a world premiere by John Corigliano.
PSO Composer of the Year John Corligliano talks about Francois Girard's film "The Red Violin," his score for that movie and how it became the "Red Violin" concerto.
PSO Guest Conductor Gianandrea Noseda explains what three works by Respighi, Prokofiev and Stravinsky have in common on his Nov. 23 & 25 concerts. He also talks about Ottorino Respighi's relationship to Fascism.
Gianandrea Noseda talks about Stravinsky's Firebird, and Yefim Bronman, soloist in Prokofiev's Piano Concerto #3 on the Nov. 23 & 25 concerts. Noseda also speaks about successes at the Met and with his BBC Philharmonic.
Rafael Fruhbeck de Burgos recalls his first Beethoven Fifth as leader of a Spanish military band, and talks about Wagner excerpts, Ravel and Debussy suites with chorus, the Sibelius Violin Concerto, and the rebirth of Bilbao, Spain.