Schubert and Ravel Chamber Works

Chiarina Chamber Players presents Ravel’s poetic and otherworldly trio, pairing with a late work of Schubert—one of the last he wrote—that expresses the extremes of lightheartedness and gravitas.

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. The inspiration for Chiarina’s namesake comes from Robert Schumann’s Carnaval, Op. 9, for piano. The name reminds us not only of Schumann’s imaginative spirit, but of his pianist-composer wife Clara, one of the most consequential musical figures in 19th-century Germany. On Front Row Washington, Monday at 9PM.


Beethoven's groundbreaking piano concerto

John Banther and Evan Keely discuss the last piano concerto by Beethoven - his Piano Concerto No. 5 "Emperor" on the latest Classical Breakdown. They discuss the war-ridden circumstances under which Beethoven composed this masterpiece full of joy and beauty, how Beethoven broke expectations, and discuss sublime moments to savor.

Beethoven's Peace Motif

Don Giovanni

Mozart’s most powerful opera, and considered one of the greatest in the repertoire, Don Giovanni is based on the legend of Don Juan in a study of the Don’s licentious life that comes to haunt him in a fiery finale.  One of Mozart's collaborations with the ingenious librettist, Lorenza Da Ponte. Nathalie Stutzmann conducts this performance, featuring Peter Mattei in the title role and Adam Plachetka as the long-suffering Leporello. On Opera MatineeSaturday at 1PM ET.

Don Giovanni

Schubert's final year

This week's Choral Showcase focuses on music composed by Schubert during the final year of his life: an Offertorium, Tantum Ergo, and the last mass: the Mass No. 6 in E-flat major.


Shostakovich, Kreisler, & New Music

On this From the Topwe enjoy a 13-year-old’s performance of Shostakovich, a 16-year-old playing Kreisler, and more. Co-Host / Creative Alex Laing joins our host Peter Dugan for this episode.

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Glorious Sunrise with Classical Sunrise

Beautiful Spring sunrises are in store for us this week, and we have the perfect musical pairing on Classical Sunrise. 

  • Monday 6:05AM Scarlatti - Keyboard Sonata K. 29
  • Tuesday 6:05AM Haydn - Sunrise Quartet: III
  • Wednesday 6:05AM Alfven - Dance of the Shepherdess
  • Thursday 6:05AM Chopin - Etude Op 10 No. 5 "Black Key"
  • Friday 6:05AM Grainger - Handel in the Strand


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