I hope you're getting the chance to stay up late with Classical MPR on Wednesday nights for our weekly Euro-Classic (Thursdays, 12:05am). Last night featured a splendid performance from pianist Ivan Martin playing five sonatas by Domenico Scarlatti, a concert recorded live in the medieval Spanish monastery known as Santa Maria de Vilabertran.
You can also hear these exclusive Euro-Classic performances on the weekend - specifically Saturday nights just after 8:00. This Saturday, soprano Soile Isokoski joins the Luxembourg Philharmonic Orchestra in the Final Scene from the Richard Strauss opera Capriccio, A Conversation Piece for Music. The performance took place in March, 2009 in Luxembourg.
Capriccio is the last completed opera by Richard Strauss. In one act, the opera was inspired by a late 18th century comical work by Antonio Salieri and librettist Biambattista Casta about tensions among opera personalities.
Tensions among opera personalities? Say it ain't so!
Check it out Saturday night.
A young pianist is so enamored with Emmanuel Ax, he talks his way into meeting him backstage at a recital. Afterwards, he vows never to complain again about practicing.
Sadly, the boy succumbs to Leukemia, but his parents decide to give a gift in his name to the school he attended - something they were not able to give him in his lifetime - a Steinway piano.
Ax is so touched by the gift and it's possibilities to touch other young musicians, that he offers to play the dedication recital on the new Steinway.
There's more here.