Robert Schumann

Sol Hurok

The Iron Curtain, U-2 and Gary Powers, and culture all came together for pianist Byron Janis in 1960 as a United States cultural ambassador to the Soviet Union. While the US enjoyed pianist Sviatoslav Ritcher performing concerts in America, Janis performed in Moscow and Leningrad in 1960. While it has often been thought that officials and citizens were "bugged" and recorded for espionage, it came as quite a surprise that a concert had been recorded without the artist's knowledge.

Fast forward 48 years, and that historic performance by Byron Janis is now released by the artist himself. WBAA's John Clare spoke to Janis about the concert.

martinafiljak.com

Medals have historically been given as prizes: Gold, Silver, and Bronze…They represent the first three Ages of Man in Greek mythology: the Golden Age, when men lived among the gods; the Silver Age, where youth lasted a hundred years; and the Bronze Age, the era of heroes! The custom of awarding gold, silver, and bronze medals for the highest achievers dates from at least the 18th century.

We’ll hear from award winning pianists Piotr Anderszewski, Yekwon Sunwoo, and Martina Filjak on this episode of What’s New.

Sony Classical

Joshua Bell is a fantastic violinist and conductor. He's an "Indiana Living Legend," has received the Indiana Governor's Arts Award, and grew up in Bloomington. His most recent release is called "For the Love of Brahms" and features Brahms' Concerto for Violin and Cello, his original version of the Piano Trio No. 1, and a Benjamin Britten arrangement of Robert Schumann's Adagio from the Violin Concerto. Music Director John Clare spoke to Bell about this new Sony Classical release.