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Friday's Performance Today, goes to Tokyo to hear legendary pianist Murray Perahia and the London Symphony Orchestra give a thrilling performance of Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 4. Perahia's move to Deutsche Grammophon and release of Bach's French Suites allows the pianist to explore his great affinity with the music of Bach. Having played this music since childhood and being powerfully influenced by it, he sees the French Suites as "Bach on the highest level", adding, "I don't think Bach wrote one note that didn't have wider meanings and that wasn't to be tackled with all one's heart and soul." 

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. Hosted by Fred Child, the show is broadcast on nearly 300 public radio stations across the country, and reaches approximately 1.4 million listeners each week.

Here's Today's full Episode Playlist - Hour One

Heitor Villa-Lobos

: String Quartet No. 6 Movement 2: Allegretto

Cuarteto Latinoamericano

Villa-Lobos: String Quartets, Vol. 1

DORIAN 90205

Mike Marshall and Chris Thile

: Tanja

Chris Thile, mandolin; Mike Marshall, mandolin

Savannah Music Festival, Charles H. Morris Center, Savannah, GA

Ludwig van Beethoven

: Piano Concerto No. 4 in G, Op. 58

Murray Perahia, piano; London Symphony Orchestra; Bernard Haitink, conductor

NHK Music Festival, NHK Hall, Tokyo, Japan

Francisco Mignone

: Three Spanish Songs

Cuarteto Latinoamericano

The Flagler Museum Music Series, The Flagler Museum, Palm Beach, FL

Hour 2

Igor Stravinsky

: Scherzo a la russe

Russian National Orchestra; Mikhail Pletnev, conductor

Stravinsky Symphony in E-flat, The Firebird

DG 453434

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

: Divertimento in F Major, K. 138

Calidore String Quartet

The Henry Morrison Flagler Museum, The Henry Morrison Flagler Museum, Palm Beach, FL

Timo Andres

: Trade Winds

Aspen Contemporary Ensemble; Donald Crockett, conductor

Aspen Music Festival and School, Harris Concert Hall, Aspen, CO

Igor Stravinsky

: Petrushka: Movements 5-9

Eric Huebner, piano; New York Philharmonic; Alan Gilbert, conductor

Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, New York, NY