Classical Performance

The Classical Performance podcast features the very best live classical performances, recorded by WCRB. From local up-and-comers to world-renowned masters, the Classical Performance podcast is your source for classical, on the go. Find episodes and subscribe in iTunes.

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Schumann and Romance

Robert Schumann was born in this month in 1810, so we have Krista River and Judith Gordon performing Schumann's great song-cycle, "Frauenliebe und Leben", "A Woman's Love and Life", composed in 1840, the year Schumann married Clara Wieck. Also on the program, Schumann's Three Romances for Oboe and Piano, played by oboist Keisuke Wakao with pianist Christoph Eschenbach.

Robert Schumann: Frauenliebe und Leben, Op...


 2018-06-10  n/a

The Passion of Rachmaninov with pianist Ya-fei Chuang

We're celebrating Rachmaninov's birthday! Ya-fei Chuang's virtuosity and passion are front and center in this live performance of his Piano Sonata No. 2. Rachmaninov: Piano Sonata No.2 in B-flat minor, Op.36
Ya-fei Chuang, piano Recorded in a live broadcast in WGBH's Studio One on June 21st, 2005. © 2018 WGBH Educational Foundation.


 2018-04-15  n/a

A Celebration of Maurice Ravel!

Ravel once said: “We should always remember that sensitiveness and emotion constitute the real content of a work of art.“ Canadian pianist Janina Fialkowska brings his art to life in "Jeux d'Eau". Also, the Moet Trio was the first ensemble to participate in the New England Conservatory's Professional Piano Trio Training Program - and they did a great performance for us of Ravel's Trio...


 2018-03-20  n/a

It's Mendelssohn's birthday! Let's celebrate!

February is Mendelssohn's birthday month, and it's also the month of Valentine's Day. Felix wrote the Andante and Rondo Capriccioso for a girl he was smitten with, and his 2nd String Quartet is based on a gorgeous love song, "Ist es wahr?" ('Is it true?')! Felix Mendelssohn: Andante and Rondo Capriccioso, Op. 14
Benjamin Grosvenor, piano Felix Mendelssohn: String Quartet in E-flat Major, Op...


 2018-02-11  n/a

Happy Birthday Mozart!

Mozart's birthday is January 27th, and we're celebrating with a couple of great performances from our studio. Mozart: Violin Sonata in G major, K.301.
Haldan Martinson, violin; Sally Pinkas, piano Mozart, arr. Ulf-Guido Schäfer: Selections from “Cosi fan tutte”...


 2018-01-07  n/a

A Beethoven Birthday celebration

It's Beethoven's birthday on December 16th! We celebrate with a studio performance featuring some of his more out-of-the way pieces. Beethoven: Sonata in F for Horn and Piano, Op. 17 William Purvis, horn; Mihae Lee, piano Beethoven: Three Irish and Welsh Songs Cupid’s Kindness, WoO 155 No.2 The Kiss, Dear Maid, Thy Lip Has Left, WoO 153, No. 9 Come Draw We Round The Cheerful Ring, WoO 152, No...


 2017-12-10  n/a

Mistral plays Vivaldi's "The Four Seasons"

The chamber music ensemble Mistral is in its 21st season. We take a look back at a studio performance of a scaled-down version of Vivaldi's "The Four Seasons". Vivaldi: The Four Seasons Concerto No. 1 in E major, Op. 8, RV 269, "Spring" (Gabriela Diaz, solo violin);
Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op. 8, RV 315, "Summer" (Kristopher Tong, solo violin);
Concerto No. 3 in F major, Op. 8, RV 293, "Autumn" (Yura Lee, solo violin);
Concerto No. 4 in F minor, Op...


 2017-11-12  n/a

Tyler Duncan sings "Songs of Travel" by Vaughan Williams

Baritone Tyler Duncan sings Vaughan Williams's tribute to the open road: "Songs of Travel", set to the poetry of Robert Louis Stephenson. Ralph Vaughan Williams: Songs of Travel
(texts by Robert Louis Stevenson)
1. The Vagabond
2. Let Beauty Awake
3. The Roadside Fire
4. Youth and Love
5. In Dreams
6. The Infinite Shining Heavens
7. Whither Must I Wander?
8. Bright is the ring of words


 2017-10-08  n/a

Alisa Weilerstein plays Chopin with Inon Barnatan

Cellist Alisa Weilerstein has been acclaimed world-wide since she performed in our studio back in 2008. We revisit that perfromance with Inon Barnatan, in honor of her appearance with the BSO at Tanglewood on August 11th, 2017. Chopin: Sonata for Piano and Cello in G minor, Op. 65
Alisa Weilerstein, cello; Inon Barnatan, piano

Recorded at WGBH's Fraser Performance Studio on May 1st, 2008. © 2017 WGBH Educational Foundation.


 2017-07-23  n/a

The Boston Early Music Festival - Retrospective

Looking forward to the Boston Early Music Festival, June 11-18, 2017, we remember three great performances from past festivals. Handel: Fuga in D; and Sweelink: Pavana Lacrimae, with the Flanders Recorder Quartet, (June 14, 2009). J.S. Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No...


 2017-06-07  n/a