classical music

It's no secret that Franz Liszt was obsessed with the music of the gypsies and his Hungarian Rhapsodies are examples of this. However, according to conductor Ivan Fischer the notations given could not convey the improvisational style Liszt was going for when he composed the pieces. Fischer combined the orchestral scores with improvised gypsy arrangements, including the use of cimbalom, to bring back the original gypsy flair that he says Liszt was aiming for. Hear some of these from the Budapest Festival Orchestra as the highlight for Tuesday's program.

The Fort Smith Symphony concludes its season with a fiery finale including Stravinsky's Firebird Suite, Beethoven's 5th  and guest violinist Bojidara Kouzmanova. Tune in to Friday's program for a conversation with the symphony's Music Director John Jeter. 

Franz Schubert is rumored to have penned  his expansive 15th string quartet in merely 10 days in June of 1826 - chronologically between his "Death and the Maiden" and the famed C major quintet. The result was only published posthumously, hence the op. 161. Hear the entirety performed by the Tokyo String Quartet on Thursday's program.

In three movements Schnittke's 3rd string quartet weaves elements of Beethoven, Lassus and Shostakovich into a work all its own. Catch the imposing piece performed by the Pacifica Quartet on Friday's program.

When Saint-Saëns penned his first sonata for violin and piano his inspiration came from Beethoven's heroic sonata composition most notably present in Beethoven's "Kreutzer" sonata. 

Maria Bachmann, violin, and Adam Neiman, piano, include the stunner on their release French Fantasy. Catch their rendering of Saint-Saëns' Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 1 in D minor, op. 75 on Thursday's program.

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