Mariss Jansons has lived in the Soviet Union and now in Russia. As someone who witnessed Stalin's regime, he has a unique understanding of what Shostakovich had to say.
The Dutch artist Janine Janson wins new fans whenever she puts her fiddle under her chin to play. She does it night after night in music capitols all over the world — but the results are especially magical when she's back on home turf and playing with one of the world's greatest orchestras.
This week's show features a superstar-conductor that you probably haven't heard of before, Daniel Harding. He's not yet 40, but has already been named conductor laureate *for life* of Europe's Mahler Chamber Orchestra.
There is something so pure, so elemental in the violin concertos of Mozart, and in the playing of the inimitable Hilary Hahn. Put them together, and -- magic!