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Arthur Rubinstein at Carnegie Hall

We have a historic recording set for this Thursday, featuring one of the legendary musicians of the 20th century.

Arthur Rubinstein performs the Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 1in a 1946 performance with the Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Dimitri Mitropoulos, who would later be named music director of the New York Philharmonic.

So here we have the dean of classical pianists, a regional orchestra, and an up-and-coming conductor; it's a combination that makes for some great energy. Tune in and see what you think.

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Johann Hermann Schein's musical career paralleled in many ways that which would be followed by J.S. Bach, a century his junior. He didn't leave anywhere near the body of work that Bach did, and is little known today, but he was an assimilator and an innovator too. Secular, instrumental music? We don't have much, but we'll look at some of what he left us this Thursday night.

Leopold Mozart was upset with his willful son, who had lost his job with the Salzburg Cathedral, burnt his bridges with the archbishop, moved to Vienna to work freelance, and now had married some young singer from the city. He disapproved of all of it.

And now, young Wolfgang was returning to stage a new work for the hometown crowd -- which included a solo to show off his new wife.

Well, it couldn't hurt to see what the prodigal son had come up with.

What it was was the Great Mass in C minor, and it's our featured work for this Thursday night.

Felix Mendelssohn

In 1829, Felix Mendelssohn embarked on a walking tour of Scotland, and found inspiration there for a symphony, among other works. Perfectionist that he was, he struggled with it for years before debuting his Scottish Symphony.

A half century after Mendelssohn's hike. Max Bruch found his Scottish inspiration in a collection of sheet music in the Munich library. He wasted no time in writing a Scottish Fantasy.

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With the state of the recording industry these days, you may well not have had the opportunity to hear some of the conductors who are now leading our major orchestras. We'll feature two of them on this week's program.

Andris Nelsons, now in his fifth season at the Boston Symphony conducts Shostakovich, and Jaap van Zweden -- brand new at the New York Philharmonic -- conducts Stravinsky.

Both orchestras are in good hands. Listen this Thursday night and see what you think.