Manfred Honeck talks about his interpretation of Beethoven's Ninth, including an unusual understanding of tempo markings, and his take on the march in the Ode to Joy.
Back home in Pittsburgh, Jim Cunningham looks back on the PSO 2010 European Tour, with comments recorded in Ljubljana with PSO musicians and board members, and Music Director Manfred Honeck. He also gives a taste of Ljubljana, Slovenia, including a meeting with the grandson of mid-century PSO Music Director Fritz Reiner.
In Budapest, QED 89.3's Jim Cunningham continues a conversation with violin superstar Anne-Sophie Mutter, visits the Bartok House Museum, meets harpsichordist and former Pittsburgher Geoffrey Thomas, and collects comments from Pittsburgh Symphony CEO Larry Tamburri and board member Basil Cox with his wife Jayne Adair.
After the PSO's second concert at Vienna's Musikverein, QED 89.3's Jim Cunningham gathers comments from Manfred Honeck's brother, Vienna Philharmonic Concertmaster Rainer Honeck, violinist Nikolaj Znaider, PSO Principal Bass Jeffrey Turner, and former Metropolitan Opera star Mildred Miller Posvar.
Anne-Sophie Mutter praises the PSO after her seventh and final performance of the Brahms Violin Concerto on their 2010 European Tour. Also, a few vignettes from Vienna: the city's incinerator decorated by artist Hundertwasser; Joan Koerner, widow of Vienna-born Pittsburgh painter Henry Koerner; and a waiter at the Hotel Imperial on the merits of the Imperial Cake versus the more famous Sacher Torte.
QED 89.3's Jim Cunningham talks with Peter Kisslinger, one of at least 14 music critics in attendance at the first of two PSO concerts at the Musikverein; Wolfgang Racher, producer for the ORF Austrian radio broadcast of the concert; US Ambassador to Austria William Eacho, Pittsburghers Dr. Martin Earle and wife Lisa, and Manfred Honeck's brother-in-law, Florian Partl.