Veronica Nelson

“We are in the world of Mahler where musical references and symbolism play a role,” Thomas Dausgaard, guest conductor of the Seattle Symphony, says of Mahler’s 10th symphony.

Although ultimately left unfinished, at the time it was written it reflected his tumultuous relationship with his wife Alma, who was unfaithful to him. The turmoil that Mahler struggled with and eventually overcame is, therefore, represented throughout the piece. Hear it performed by the Seattle Symphony under Thomas Dausgaard, from 8 to 10 p.m. on KUAF.

“He is the future!” says The Los Angeles Times of German-Russian pianist Igor Levit.

His newest release is a powerhouse of an album featuring Beethoven, Bach, and Rzewski. Rzewski’s piece, “The People United Will Never Be Defeated!” was penned as a tribute to the Chilean people struggling against an oppressive government. Hear this stunning piece performed by Levit from 8 to 10 p.m. on KUAF. You can also listen to it in its entirety on demand until July 27.

“Unless we’re playing transcriptions, we’re always playing new music,” says percussionist Aaron Ragsdale.

“I must confess that I lead a miserable life,” said Beethoven in a letter to a friend in 1801.

“I was just a kid, caught up in the music’s magnificence, and marveling at my new discovery—the first jewel I had found in the treasure chest of symphonies by Beethoven,” violinist Joshua Bell says of hearing Beethoven’s 7th Symphony for the first time, his mom playing her favorite symphony on the record player at home.

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