classical music highlights

Gustav Mahler thought each of his symphonies should contain a universe of sound. Tonight we'll enjoy his First Symphony, which includes a quote from Handel's "Messiah."  

Emanuel Ax says he thinks Haydn's Piano Concertos aren't performed much these days because they're not showy enough, but today we'll enjoy his performance of the Concerto No. 3.  

Lawrence Ashmore chose English folk songs that reflect each season and arranged them in a suite for clarinetist Richard Stolzman.  We'll enjoy this tour of "Four Seasons" tonight.  

Nicolo Paganini found the life of a touring virtuoso a strain, so he rented a villa in Tuscany to take a break, and taught himself to play the guitar.  Today we'll enjoy a guitar version of his Violin Concerto No. 2.  

Pianist Alice Sarah Ott warms up her fingers before a performance by folding complicated origami animals.  Tonight we'll enjoy her performance of Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1.  

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