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Poetic Piano And Sonorous Double Reeds

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The Kansas City Symphony
Legendary pianist Leon Fleisher performing with the Kansas City Symphony in January 2014.

Perhaps it's a surprise, but the bassoon and contrabassoon play shining roles in the two piano concertos featured in this episode. We close out with Tchaikovsky's sometimes overlooked yet fantastically imaginative Symphony No. 3.


Michael Stern, Conductor
Dan Margolies

Featured Guests

Thomas DeWitt, Associate Principal Bassoon and Contrabassoon


Piano concerto for the Left Hand, Maurice Ravel
Featuring pianist Leon Fleisher

Piano Concerto No. 2, Frédéric Chopin
Featuring guest conductor Yoav Talmi and pianist Andrew Tyson

Symphony No. 3, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky