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Marek Janowski - Oct 29, 2009

Janowski talks about Halloween, Berlioz' Symphonie Fantastique, his recordings "in concert" with the Pittsburgh Symphony for the Pentatone label at Heinz Hall, Saint-Saens' Piano Concerto #2, and the future of the arts in Germany at a time of financial crisis.

Leonard Slatkin - Part 2 - Oct 20, 2009

The Pittsburgh Symphony's Principal Guest Conductor talks about making a little "symphony" of Samuel Barber's "perfect" little pieces; Copland's El Salon Mexico and dances from "Rodeo," John Williams as the 20th century's most influential composer, and getting speeding tickets in the expansive landscapes of the American West.

Richard Danielpour & Angela Brown - Oct 16, 2009

PSO Composer of the Year Richard Danielpour talks about "A Woman's Life, written for soprano Angela Brown and the PSO with texts by Maya Angelou. Danielpour and Brown talk about their work with each other and with Maya Angelou on this new song cycle.

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.

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