FEBRUARY 16, 2020


Verdi, Caro Nome (from Rigoletto)
Meigui Zhang, soprano; Ken Noda, piano

JANUARY 19, 2020


Beethoven, Sonata in C# minor, Op. 27, No. 2 (“Moonlight”)
Paul Lewis, piano

DECEMBER 15, 2019


Michael Parloff introduces Stravinsky’s “The Soldiers Tale”
(Music from the 1918 pandemic)


Stravinsky, “The Soldier’s Tale”
Benjamin Luxon, narrator; Benjamin Beilman, violin; Innhyuck Cho, clarinet; Frank Morelli, Bassoon; Chris Coletti, trumpet; Demian Austin, trombone; David J. Grossman, bass; Ian Rosenbaum, percussion; Anni Crofut, dancer-choreographer

OCTOBER 27, 2019


Boccherini, String Quartet in C, Op. 2, No. 6
Quartetto di Cremona


Respighi, String Quartet No. 3 in D
Quartetto di Cremona


Verdi, “Quando le sere al placido” (from Luisa Miller)
Quartetto di Cremona

MAY 19, 2019


Michael Parloff introduces Mozart’s Adagio & Rondo, K. 617 for glass harmonica, flute, oboe, viola, and cello


Mozart, Adagio & Rondo, K. 617
Friedrich Heinrich Kern, glass harmonica; Chelsea Knox, flute; Elaine Douvas, oboe; Jeremy Berry, viola; Estelle Choi, cello

APRIL 14, 2019


Michael Parloff Introduces Corelli’s “La Folia” Violin Sonata in D minor, Op. 5, No. 12


Corelli (arrg. Poxon), “La Folia”: Sonata in D minor, Op. 5, No. 12
Anne Akiko Meyers, violin; Jason Vieaux, guitar


Michael Parloff introduces Rentarō Taki’s Kōjō no Tsuki
(The Moon Over the Ruined Castle)


Rentarō Taki, Kōjō no Tsuki
(The Moon Over the Ruined Castle)

Anne Akiko Meyers, Violin

MARCH 24, 2019


Bach, Violin and Keyboard Sonata in E Major, BWV 1016
Sarah Crocker Vonsattel, violin, and Gilles Vonsattel


Bach, Keyboard Concerto in D minor, BWV 1052
Gilles Vonsattel, piano soloist, and chamber orchestra

JANUARY 27, 2019


Michael Parloff Introduces Beethoven’s “Kakadu Variations,” Op. 121A


Beethoven, “Kakadu Variations”, Op. 121A for piano trio
Pinchas Zukerman Piano Trio


Anton Arensky, Piano Trio in D minor, Op. 32
Pinchas Zukerman Piano Trio

DECEMBER 16, 2018


Michael Parloff introduces Shostakovich’s String Quartet No. 8 in C minor, Op. 110


Shostakovich, String Quartet No. 8 in C minor, Op. 110
Emerson String Quartet


Schubert, String Quintet in C Major, D. 956, Op.Posth 163
Emerson String Quartet with cellist David Finckel

NOVEMBER 4, 2018


Saint-Saëns: Carnival of the Animals
Alessio Bax & Lucille Chung, pianos with
Members of the New York Philharmonic


Michael Parloff introduces Vivaldi’s Flute Concerto in D, Op. 10, No. 3 (“The Goldfinch”)


Vivaldi, Flute Concerto in D, Op. 10, No. 3 (“The Goldfinch”)
Yoobin Son, flute
Members of the New York Philharmonic

SEPTEMBER 23, 2018


Michael Parloff introduces Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 14 in E flat, K. 449 (Chamber Version)


Mozart, Piano Concerto No. 14 in E flat, K. 449
Michael Brown, piano, and string quintet


Schubert, Rondo in A, D. 438, for violin and string quartet
Sean Lee, violin, and string quartet


Chausson, Concerto in D, Op. 21, for violin, piano, and string quartet
Arnaud Sussmann, violin; Michael Brown, piano, and string quartet

APRIL 8, 2018


Michael Parloff Introduces Beethoven’s Quartet in F, Op. 59, No. 1
(Razumovsky No. 1)


Ludwig van Beethoven: Quartet in F, Op. 59, No. 1
Danish String Quartet


Michael Parloff Introduces Beethoven’s Quartet in C# minor, Op. 131


Ludwig van Beethoven: Quartet in C# Minor, Op. 131
Danish String Quartet

MARCH 11, 2018


Beethoven, Sonata No. 10 in G, Op. 96 for violin and piano
Benjamin Beilman, violin, and Orion Weiss, piano


Ravel, “Blues” from Sonata No. 2 in G, for violin and piano
Benjamin Beilman, violin, and Orion Weiss, piano


A pre-performance conversation about Frederic Rzewski’s “Demons” (2017)
Michael Parloff interviews Benjamin Beilman and Orion Weiss


Frederic Rzewski, “Demons” (2017) for violin and piano
Benjamin Beilman, violin, and Orion Weiss, piano

FEBRUARY 17, 2018


Michael Parloff introduces the history of Haydn’s “Seven Last Words of Christ.” (5 minutes)


Haydn, “The Seven Last Words of Christ”
Chiara String Quartet


Michael Parloff’s multimedia lecture on the history and music of Haydn’s “Seven Last Words of Christ” (55 minutes)

DECEMBER 17, 2017


Rachmaninoff, Romance from Suite No. 2, Op. 17 for 2 pianos
Alessio Bax and Lucille Chung, pianos


Rachmaninoff, Tarantella from Suite No. 2, Op. 17 for 2 pianos
Alessio Bax and Lucille Chung, pianos


Lutosławski, Variations on a Theme of Paganini for 2 pianos
Alessio Bax and Lucille Chung, pianos

NOVEMBER 19, 2017


Bach, Brandenburg Concerto No. 6, Mvt. 1
Los Angeles Guitar Quartet


Bach, Brandenburg Concerto No. 6, Mvts. 2 & 3
Los Angeles Guitar Quartet

OCTOBER 29, 2017


Michael Parloff Introduces Mozart’s Adagio in B minor, K. 540


Mozart, Adagio in B minor, K. 540
Peter Serkin, piano


Mozart, Sonata in B-Flat Major, K. 570
Peter Serkin, piano


Bach, The Goldberg Variations, BWV 988
Peter Serkin, piano

SEPTEMBER 24, 2017


Michael Parloff introduces Mendelssohn’s Octet for Strings, Op. 20


Mendelssohn, String Octet in E-flat, Op. 20
Arnaud Sussmann, Sean Lee, Emily Daggett Smith, & Danbi Um, violins; Mark Holloway & Paul Neubauer, violas; Rafael Figueroa & Mihai Marica, cellos


Strolling Violist Paul Neubauer plays Schulenburg’s Puszta-Märchen


Fauré, Romance in B-flat, Op. 28 for violin and piano
Arnaud Sussmann, violin, and Michael Brown, piano


Saint-Saëns, Romance in F, Op. 36 for cello and piano
Mihai Marica, and Michael Brown, piano

MARCH 26, 2017


Michael Parloff introduces Haydn’s Quartet in D, Op. 64, No. 5 (The Lark)


Joseph Haydn, Quartet in D, Op. 64, No. 5 (The Lark)
Jerusalem String Quartet

DECEMBER 18, 2016


Gilad Cohen, Trio for a Spry Clarinet, Weeping Cello, and Ruminative Harp
Michael Parloff interviews the composer followed by the trio performance


Michael Parloff introduces Debussy’s Sacred and Profane Dances & Ravel’s Introduction and Allegro


Claude Debussy, Sacred and Profane Dances
Harpist Mariko Anraku with Met Orchestra principal musicians


Maurice Ravel, Introduction and Allegro
Harpist Emmanuel Ceysson with Met Orchestra principal musicians

NOVEMBER 20, 2016


Michael Parloff introduces Dvořák’s Quartet No. 12 in F (American Quartet)


Antonín Dvořák, String Quartet No. 12 in F (American)
New York Philharmonic String Quartet


George Gershwin, Lullaby
New York Philharmonic String Quartet

OCTOBER 30, 2016


Michael Parloff introduces Shostakovich’s Piano Trio No. 1 in C minor, Op. 8


Shostakovich, Piano Trio No. 1 in C minor, Op. 8
Wu Han, piano; David Finckel, cello; Philip Setzer, violin

APRIL 3, 2016


Bach, Badinerie from Suite in B Minor BWV 1067
Sir James Galway, flute
Benjamin Beilman and Danbi Um, violins
Mark Holloway, viola; Nicholas Canellakis, cello
Timothy Cobb, bass; Paolo Bordignon, harpsichord

MARCH 6, 2016


Michael Parloff introduces Schubert’s String Quartet in D minor, K. 810 (“Death and the Maiden”)
Escher String Quartet


Schubert, String Quartet in D minor (“Death and the Maiden”), Mvts 1 & 2
Escher String Quartet


Schubert, String Quartet in D minor (“Death and the Maiden”), Mvts 3 & 4
Escher String Quartet

December 13, 2015


Michael Parloff introduces Beethoven’s Cello Sonata No. 4 in C
Paul Watkins, cello, Gilles Vonsattel, piano


Beethoven, Cello Sonata in C, Op. 102, No. 1 – Full Performance
Paul Watkins, cello, Gilles Vonsattel, piano


Michael Parloff introduces Beethoven’s Violin Sonata No. 9 in A, Op. 47
(The “Bridgetower-Kreutzer”)


Beethoven: Violin Sonata No. 9 Violin Sonata No. 9 in A, Op. 47
(The “Bridgetower-Kreutzer”)

Kristin Lee, violin; Gilles Vonsattel, piano

November 15, 2015


Charles Ives: Violin Sonata No. 1
Stefan Jackiw, violin; Jeremy Denk, piano and speaker

October 4, 2015


Mozart, Sonata in F, K. 563 & K. 494
Richard Goode, piano


Brahms: 4 Klavierstücke, Op. 119
Richard Goode, piano

April 26, 2015


Jules Styne, I Fall in Love Too Easily
Stefon Harris, vibraphone/marimba, Alex Brown, piano

March 29, 2015


Frederic Weatherly, Danny Boy
Matthew Polenzani, tenor, Ken Noda, piano


Ravel, Five Popular Greek Songs
Matthew Polenzani, tenor, Ken Noda, piano


Michael Parloff introduces Samuel Barber’s Hermit Songs


Samuel Barber, Hermit Songs, Op. 69
Matthew Polenzani, tenor; Ken Noda, piano


Beethoven, Adelaide
Matthew Polenzani, tenor; Ken Noda, piano

February 8, 2015


Michael Parloff introduces Prokofiev’s Cello Sonata in C, Op. 119


Prokofiev, Cello Sonata in C, Op. 119
David Finckel, cello, Wu Han, piano

January 4, 2015

Beethoven, Quartet No. 12 in E-flat, Op. 127
Emerson String Quartet


Movement 1


Movement 2


Movement 3


Movement 4

November 2, 2014


Manuel de Falla, Polo from Seven Popular Songs
Isabel Leonard, mezzo-soprano, Sharon Isbin, guitar

October 5, 2014

Mozart, Violin Sonata in E Minor, K. 308
Arnaud Sussmann, violin, Gilles Vonsattel, piano


Michael Parloff introduces Mozart’s Violin Sonata in E minor, K. 308


Movement 1


Movement 2

October 5, 2014


Brahms, Piano Quintet in F minor, 3rd Movement
Erin Keefe, Arnaud Sussmann, violins, Hsin-Yun Huang viola, Rafael Figueroa, cello, Gilles Vonsattel, piano

April 27, 2014


William Walton, Façade Highlights
Stephanie Blythe & Raymond Menard, reciters, Members of the Met Orchestra, Michael Parloff, conductor

January 27, 2013

Beethoven, Piano Sonata No. 31 in A-flat, Op. 110
Richard Goode, piano


Movement 1


Movement 2


Movement 3

October 31, 2012

Mozart, Concerto in C, K. 299 for Flute and Harp
Stefán Höskuldsson, flute, Deborah Hoffman, harp, Members of the Met Orchestra, Michael Parloff, conductor


Michael Parloff introduces Mozart’s Concerto for Flute and Harp, K. 299


Movement 1


Movement 2


Movement 3

October 31, 2012


Prokofiev, Peter and the Wolf (Introducing the instrumental characters)
Midge Woolsey, narrator, Members of the Met Orchestra, Michael Parloff, conductor


Prokofiev, Peter and the Wolf (Complete performance)
Midge Woolsey, narrator, Members of the Met Orchestra, Michael Parloff, conductor

September 23, 2012

Reicha: Sinfonia in D, Op. 12 for four flutes
Sir James Galway, Robert Langevin, Stefán Höskuldsson, Denis Bouriakov, flutes


Movement 1


Movement 2


Movement 3


Movement 4