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Michael Stern and the Kansas City Symphony reimagine Brahms with new album

Conductor Michael Stern
Jennifer Taylor
Conductor Michael Stern

Classical KC's Brooke Knoll speaks with outgoing Kansas City Symphony music director Michael Stern about a brand new album for the group called "Brahms Reimagined" that features orchestral arrangements of Brahms' music by Virgil Thompson, Bright Sheng and Arnold Schoenbeg.


Brooke Knoll


Michael Stern

The album cover for the Kansas City Symphony album "Brahms Reimagined."
The album cover for the Kansas City Symphony album "Brahms Reimagined."


11 Chorale Preludes Op. 122
No. 1 Mein Jesu der du mich
No. 2 Herzliebster Jesu
No. 3 O Welt ich muss dich lassen
No. 4 Herzlich tut mich erfreuen
No. 5 Schmuecke dich o liebe Seele
No. 6 O wie selig seid ihr doch ihr Frommen
No. 7 O Gott du frommer Gott
by Johannes Brahms, arr. by Virgil Thompson

Black Swan (After Brahms Op. 118)
by Johannes Brahms, arr. by Bright Sheng

Piano Quartet No. 1 in G Minor Op. 25
I. Allegro
II. Intermezzo. Allegro ma non troppo
by Johannes Brahms, arr. by Arnold Schoenberg

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Brooke Knoll is the Digital Audience Specialist and On-Air Host for Classical KC.
Sam Wisman is a senior producer for 91.9 Classical KC and a backup announcer for KCUR 89.3