Poster Black and white photo of a man with a mustache and beard
French composer Ernest Chausson (ca. 1897)
Photo: Guy & Mockel, Paris, via Wikimedia Commons
Performance Today®

Chausson's wild 'Chamber Concerto'

In 1890, French composer Ernest Chausson wrote a wild piece that's difficult to put in one tidy box. It's part violin concerto, part piano concerto, and part sextet. It’s a great piece that isn’t played often enough. Tune in today to listen to a live performance of the Chamber Concerto by Ernest Chausson from the annual Verbier Festival in Verbier, Switzerland.

Episode Playlist

Hour 1

Sulkhan Tsintsadze, arr. Tamaz Batiashvili: Miniatures, Nos. 2-3
Lisa Batiashvili, violin | The Georgian Chamber Orchestra
Album: Lisa Batiashvili: Beethoven Violin Concerto and Tsintsadze Miniatures
Sony 33400

Ernest Chausson: Chamber Concerto for Violin, Piano, and String Quartet  in D Major, Op. 21 Movement 1: Decide
Lisa Batiashvili, violin | Lucas Debargue, piano | Ebene Quartet
Verbier Festival, Salle des Combins, Verbier, Switzerland

Gabriela Lena Frank: Elegia Andina
The Orchestra Now | Naomi Woo, conductor
Bard College and The Orchestra Now, Fisher Center for the Performing Arts, Bard College, Annandale on Hudson, NY

Johann Sebastian Bach: Keyboard Concerto No. 6 in F Major, BWV 1057
Simone Dinnerstein, piano | Windham Festival  Chamber Orchestra | Robert Manno, conductor
Catskill Mountain Foundation, Orpheum Theatre, Tannersville, NY

Hour 2

Igor Stravinsky: Divertimento from the Fairy's Kiss: Movement 2 Danses suisses
Benjamin Beilman, violin | Yekwon Sunwoo, piano
Album: Spectrum
Warner Classics 554471

Maurice Ravel: Le Tombeau de Couperin
Taipei Music Festival Orchestra | Leonard Slatkin, conductor
Taipei Music Academy & Festival, Caroline H. Hume Concert Hall, San Francisco Conservatory of Music, San Francisco, CA

Valentin Silvestrov: Four Pieces, Op. 305 (World Premiere)
Pedja Muzijevic, piano
Tippet Rise Art Center, The Olivier Music Barn, Fishtail, MT

Jean Sibelius, arr. Jaakko Kuusisto: En saga, Op. 9
Anthony McGill, clarinet | Brad Balliett, bassoon | Jennifer Montone, horn | Blake Pouliot, violin | Benjamin Beilman, violin | Nathan Schram, viola | Efe Baltacigil, cello | Timothy Cobb, bass
La Jolla Music Society, The Baker-Baum Concert Hall at The Conrad Prebys Performing Arts Center, La Jolla, CA

Love the music?

Donate by phone

Show your support by making a gift to YourClassical.

Each day, we’re here for you with thoughtful streams that set the tone for your day – not to mention the stories and programs that inspire you to new discovery and help you explore the music you love.

YourClassical is available for free, because we are listener-supported public media. Take a moment to make your gift today.

More Ways to Give

Your Donation


Latest Performance Today® Episodes


Latest Performance Today® Episodes


About Performance Today®

To find a station near you on our Stations Listings page, click here.

American Public Media’s Performance Today® is America’s most popular classical music radio program and a winner of the 2014 Gabriel Award for artistic achievement. The show is broadcast on hundreds of public radio stations across the country, including at 1 p.m. central weekdays on Minnesota Public Radio. More information about our stations can be found at APM Distribution.

Performance Today® features live concert recordings that can’t be heard anywhere else, highlights from new album releases, and in-studio performances and interviews. Performance Today® is based at the APM studios in St. Paul, Minnesota, but is frequently on the road, with special programs broadcast from festivals and public radio stations around the country. Also, each Wednesday, composer Bruce Adolphe joins host Fred Child for a classical musical game and listener favorite: the Piano Puzzler.

How do I leave a comment?

Send us a comment here.

About Performance Today®