classical music

Samuel Barber (1910-1981) created a distinctly American lyricism. Although his violin concerto is one of his most popular works, the composer himself didn't care for it because he felt it didn't fit together as one work. Violinist Anne Akiko Meyers, who performs the piece in her release American Masters, explains: "This is because he wrote the work as a commision for a young violinist, and the violinist and his sponsor complained it was too easy," with not enough virtuoso material.

Hear an all-Polish ensemble conquer Chopin's first piano concerto when Krystian Zimerman conducts and performs as soloist for the Polish Festival Orchestra on Wednesday's program. 

Violinist Rachel Barton Pine explores the Mozart violin concertos on her latest 2-disc release. These vibrant pieces, written in Mozart's late teens, shine in her command. Tune in for No. 3 in G on Friday's program.

The Catalyst Quartet plays Glenn Gould's rarely performed lyrical and lush string quartet in one movement on their new release the Bach/Gould Project. Catch this enigmatic piece composed in 1956 on Wednesday's program.

The KUAF Fulbright Chamber Music Festival kicks off tonight at the Stella Boyle Smith Concert Hall in the Fine Arts building of the UA campus in Fayetteville. Cellist Stephen Gates and violinist Er-Gene Kahng stop by to discuss the ever-popular Schubert "Trout" Quintet, which they perform in the first concert.

Listen to the interview here: