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Riccardo Muti leads the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in a concert of powerhouse orchestral works at Carnegie Hall.
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January 26, 2015 Hear the CSO and its charismatic conductor Riccardo Muti in a program showing the muscle and subtlety of the of orchestra in music by Scriabin, Debussy and Mendelssohn.
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Alexander Scriabin originally set out to write a piece called "Orgiastic Poem," centered on physical ecstasy, but later decided to alter the title to something more ambiguous.
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October 18, 2014 Mystical Russian composer Alexander Scriabin saw music, heard colors and wrote music that goes from ecstasy to frenzy. Baltimore Symphony conductor Marin Alsop explores Scriabin's best-known piece.
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Cameron Carpenter's new album, If You Could Read My Mind, comes out Aug. 26.
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August 16, 2014 The organist aims to rescue his instrument from its church-bound traditions. With his new album, which includes Bach and Bacharach alike, Carpenter could land a multitude of converts.
Can you make out to Mozart, or shack up to Chopin? Composers can turn on the sex appeal when necessary.
February 10, 2012 Just in time for Valentine's Day, classics that depict a lot more than just cuddling.
Cellist Wendy Warner and pianist Irina Nuzova bring rarely performed music by Myaskovsky to the WGBH studio.
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March 22, 2011 Hear the former Rostropovich student, with pianist Irina Nuzova, uncover a beautiful but little-known sonata by Myaskovsky and more Russian music at the studios of WGBH in Boston.
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June 7, 2009 This year's contest ended in a surprise tie for first place. Hear both Gold Medalists perform, along with other final round contestants at the 2009 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, held every four years in Fort Worth, Texas.
February 27, 2008 From New England Conservatory's Jordan Hall in Boston, From the Top's creative young musicians include an 11-year-old crackerjack violinist performing a showpiece by Sarasate, a prizewinning 18-year old composer with a beautiful romantic string quintet, and a free-spirited flutist who cooks up a tasty musical and culinary offering. This program originally aired on Mar. 21, 2007
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May 27, 2005 Performance Today offers appreciations of two classical artists who recently passed away: cellist Elsa Hilger and pianist Ruth Laredo.
April 18, 2005 When pianist Laura Rosser performs, she hears more than sounds. She hears colors -- each note has its own associated hue. Rosser has a rare neurological condition called synesthesia. Stimulation of one sense produces the sensation of another.
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