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.
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