Pianist Marc-André Hamelin

On Front Row Washington, Hamelin plays music by 19th and 20th-century composers before playing his own composition inspired by an 18th-century master, Johann Sebastion Bach. “A performer of near-superhuman technical prowess” (The New York Times), pianist Marc-André Hamelin is known worldwide for his unrivaled blend of consummate musicianship and brilliant technique in the great works of the established repertoire, as well as for his intrepid exploration of the rarities of the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries. He regularly performs around the globe with the leading orchestras and conductors of our time, and gives recitals at major concert venues and festivals worldwide. Monday at 9PM ET.


Explore Mahler's Symphony No. 1 "Titan"

On the latest Classical Breakdown, John Banther and Evan Keely discuss Gustav Mahler's Symphony No. 1 "Titan". They explore how Mahler masterfully provides delayed gratification in this symphonic journey, his colorful use of instrumentation, detailed instructions to the performer, and more.


Mozart's Idomeneo

Opera Matinee presents Mozart's Idomeneo. Considered to be Mozart's "choral opera", this grand scale work showcases Mozart's maturity as an operatic composer in the legend of Idomeneo, King of Crete, who faces horrific consequences of his vow to Neptune for safe passage.  Michael Spyres is featured in the title role; also starring Ying Fang and Kate Lindsey, conducted by Manfred Honeck. Saturday at 1PM ET.


A Lion's Den on Choral Showcase

​It's a Choral Showcase mashup this week, as we hear Ludus Danielis, "The Play of Daniel," a 13th-century medieval drama combined with William Walton's 20th-century masterwork, Belshazzar's Feast, both retelling the downfall of the Babylonian King with the story of Daniel in the lions' den. Sunday at 9PM ET.

Lion's den

Beethoven, Rachmaninoff, & Florence Price


On this week's From the Topa late Beethoven piano sonata is performed by a teenage pianist. He’s joined by a string quartet made up entirely of siblings, a talented 16-year-old violinist, and a cellist who shares a moving performance of Rachmaninoff. Sunday at 6PM ET.


Your morning starts with Classical Sunrise

Classical Sunrise is your musical cup of coffee in the morning - perfectly brewed music to greet the sunrise and start your day with a pep in your step. Join us every weekday morning!

  • Monday 6:30AM Handel - Concerto Grosso from "Alexander's Feast": I. Allegro
  • Tuesday 6:28AM Vivaldi - "Spring" from The Four Seasons: III. Danza pastorale. Allegro
  • Wednesday 6:27AM Beethoven - Piano Sonata No. 13: IV. Allegro vivace
  • Thursday 6:25AM Mozart- Symphony No. 24: I. Allegro spiritoso
  • Friday 6:24AM Brahms - Piano Trio No. 1: I. Allegro con brio


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