Mozart and Tchaikovsky on Capitol Hill

This week on Front Row Washingtonwe enjoy chamber music from Capitol Hill with Chiarina Chamber Players. ​Founded in 2015 by pianist Efi Hackmey and cellist Carrie Bean Stute, Chiarina brings distinctive chamber music performances and innovative programming to an intimate neighborhood setting in Capitol Hill, DC. On this program, Chiarina plays mature works for strings by Mozart and Tchaikovsky. Monday night at 9PM ET.



Mahler's first and Brahms' last on NSO Showcase

February’s NSO Showcase airing this week on Wednesday at 9PM ET features two massive symphonic masterworks: Mahler’s first and Brahms’ last. As the music director of the National Symphony Orchestra, Gianandrea Noseda commented: Mahler’s First Symphony is a “fantastic journey,” ending with blazing horns playing “bells in the air”. Principal bass Robert Oppelt shines in Mahler’s famous and difficult 3rd movement ironic, minor key take on the children’s tune “Frère Jacques.” Ironic too, because the episode describes a funeral procession for a hunter, attended by forest animals, inspired by the 1850 woodcut “The Hunter’s Funeral Procession” by Moritz Ludwig von Schwind. Brahms’ last symphony, his 4th, is a masterpiece of such staggering power that Leonard Bernstein once devoted a 38-minute lecture to the first movement alone, stating that Brahms succeeded in creating a miracle of musical alchemy..."something out of nothing.” 

hunter's funeral
The Hunter's Funeral Procession by Moritz Ludwig Von Schwind

Join us for a delightful evening of chamber music with the bubbling sounds of woodwinds on Center Stage from Wolf Trap. Bassoonist Peter Kolkay, oboist Deirdre Chadwick, and pianist Alexandra Nyguen present a program of woodwind trios by Francis Poulenc, Théophile-Casimir Lalliet, and André Previn. Saturday at 9PM ET.

Peter Kolkay, bassoon
Peter Kolkay, bassoon

An iconic Macbeth

We hear an Opera Matinee from the Met's archives, a 1973 performance of Verdi's Macbeth. It is a searing drama of jealousy that leads to tragedy, based on Shakespeare's play, featuring renowned baritone Sherrill Milnes in the title role, led by Francesco Molinari-Pradelli. Saturday at 1PM ET.


Elgar, Debussy, and Vaughan Williams on Choral Showcase

Sunday at 9PM ET, we have a few more new recordings to share with you on this week's Choral Showcase, including choral collections by Edward Elgar and Claude Debussy; and newly-published works by Vaughan Williams, including a choral version of the beloved Fantasia on a Theme by Tallis. 


The day starts with Classical Sunrise

No matter what lies ahead for the day this week, we are here start the day right with the perfect music for the sunrise. Join Linda Carudcci on Classical Sunrise each weekday morning. This week's selections:

  • Monday 7:17AM Beethoven - Piano Trio, Op. 1 No. 1: IV. Finale: Presto
  • Tuesday 7:16AM CPE Bach - Sinfonia in G Major: III. Presto
  • Wednesday 7:15AM Tchaikovsky - February: Carnival
  • Thursday 7:14AM Telemann - Horn Concerto in D Major: I. Vivace
  • Friday 7:13AM Handel - Trio Sonata in F Major, Op. 2 No. 7: IV. Allegro


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