Smetana, Schumann, Tchaikovsky

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This weekend (March 2 and 3), guest conductor Christian Arming leads the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra in works by Smetana, Schumann (pictured), and Tchaikovsky. Special guest soloist Rémi Geniet performs Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1.

Tune in at 8 PM CST to St. Louis Public Radio. That’s FM 90.7 for those of you in the broadcast range, or you can follow the livestream here:

http://news.stlpublicradio.org/#stream/0

My program notes can be read here:

https://tinyurl.com/yclz9c96

 

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Franck, Schumann, and Dvořák

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Here is a program I wrote about for Dallas Symphony last season, on Franck’s Le Chasseur maudit (“The Accursed Huntsman”), Schumann’s Piano Concerto in A minor, and Dvořák’s Symphony No. 8. I have a big backlog of Dallas programs that I haven’t added here, so I’m just going to put them up when I have a spare moment or two.

Also, it gives me a chance to re-share my favorite portrait of Dvořák.

 

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Schumann, Beethoven, Nielsen

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This weekend, October 23 and October 24, the St. Louis Symphony performs Beethoven’s “Egmont” overture, Schumann’s Piano Concerto, and Nielsen’s “Sinfonia espansiva.” My program notes begin on p. 26. I wrote a much longer version that included a lengthy appreciation of Clara Schumann, without whom Robert Schumann might have sunk into an undeserved obscurity, but I think I will make that a separate post. (I knew I had officially wandered too far afield when I invoked Suze Rotolo.)

http://tinyurl.com/q28rtol