Airs Monday, February 18 at 11 a.m. Manfred Honeck leads the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra in the second concert of the season opening with Beethoven’s Overture to The Consecration of the House. Then the Eroica Trio takes the stage for a performance of Beethoven’s Concerto in C Major for Piano, Violin, Cello and Orchestra, the “Triple Concerto.” This all Beethoven concert concludes with the Symphony No. 3.
Airs Tuesday, February 5 at 11:00 a.m. As one of its members aptly puts it, the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra is "a human laboratory that can express to the whole world how to cope with each other." Established in 1999 as a workshop for young musicians from Israel, Palestine, and other Arab countries, the group is celebrated for its interpretations of Beethoven, which exude "youthful gusto and enthusiasm" (The Independent, London). On this program, they perform Beethoven's symphonies nos. 2 and 9.
Airs Monday, February 4 at 11 a.m. The final episode in the series from this year's Lucerne Festival features the Lucerne Festival Orchestra, the Bavarian Radio Choir and Swedish Radio Choir all under the direction of Claudio Abbado with soprano Juliane Banse, soprano Anna Prohska, alto Sara Mingardo, tenor Maximilian Schmitt, bass Rene Pape and Bruno Ganz as the narrator in Beethoven's Incidental music to Goethe's tragedy Egmont, and Mozart's Requiem in D minor.