New York native Richard Goode is one of the world's premiere pianists. Creators at Carnegie presents Goode in a solo recital at Carnegie Hall. He performs a program that includes works by Bach and Chopin and Debussy's evocative, impressionist preludes.
We're spending the week at Chamber Music Northwest, in Portland, Ore. Today, host Fred Child is on stage at Kaul Auditorium with violinists (and sisters) Ida and Ani Kavafian and pianist Anne-Marie McDermott. The trio plays the opening movement from the Suite No. 2 for Two Violins and Piano, Op. 71 by Moritz Moszkowski. Then clarinetist David Shifrin, violist Paul Neubauer and cellist Fred Sherry join the Kavafian sisters.
David Diamond, who recently passed away, is from a generation of American "romantic" composers whose music fell out of fashion mid-century when a new, more aggressive style of composing came into vogue. We hear the Seattle Symphony perform his Concerto for Small Orchestra.
William Schuman spent most of his professional life as a music administrator. But he also found time to write highly imaginative music. We hear his Third Symphony, which features two under-appreciated instruments of the orchestra: the snare drum and the bass clarinet.
Over the years, the popularity of Aaron Copland's ballets Appalachian Spring, Rodeo and Billy the Kid — with their tuneful, wide open spaces — have overshadowed some of his earlier works. But today, Performance Today focuses on one of those works, his Symphonic Ode.