As part of WETA Classical's "Rachmaninoff 150" celebration, Choral Showcase presents two of his choral classics on Sept 3. Written in 1926 during the first decade of the composer's exile from his native country , Three Russian Folk Songs reflects a simpler time he considered long since passed. From 1913, The Bells, based on a poem by Edgar Allan Poe, inspires Rachmaninoff to present the sounds of wintry sleigh bells, golden wedding bells, bells of alarm, and bells of mourning. This work will also be presented by Gianandrea Noseda and the National Symphony Orchestra as part of their Rachmaninoff 150 tribute, in collaboration with The Choral Arts Society of Washington, Sept 28-30 at the Kennedy Center.
Massenet’s most popular and enduring opera, Manon is the ill-fated love affair between an actress and a knight, a quest for romance and a better life ends in disrepute and failed love. A production of Gran Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona, with Amina Edris in the title role. Conducted by Marc Minkowski.
From The Top
The young violist on this week’s show actually built his own instrument. Hear that story alongside dazzling performances of Chopin, Rachmaninoff, Jessie Montgomery and more.
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- Monday 6:33AM Tchaikovsky - Valse scherzo
- Tuesday 6:34AM Brahms - Symphony No. 3: I
- Wednesday 6:35AM Schumann - Symphony No. 1 "Spring": I. Andante; Allegro
- Thursday 6:35AM Haydn - Cello Concerto No. 1: IV. Moderato
- Friday 6:36AM Mozart - Piano Concerto No. 9 "Jeuenhomme": III. Rondeau. Presto
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