Fingers of Fury

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Saturday, April 30, 2011

This week, All Ears puts musicians into overdrive. Never forgetting that technique should serve the art form and not the other way around, we listen to performers blaze through the tricky fingerings and aural somersaults demanded by Art Tatum, Haydn, Bartok and more.

With its hundreds of years of use and abuse as a tool to wow listeners and watchers, much of the program pays homage to the piano, with Tatum's composition of dizzying grooviness, Tatum Pole Boogie. Also on tap is the iconoclastic and relentless Well Tempered Clavier, Book 1: Prelude and Fugue No. 3 in C# Major by Bach, a blistering work by modernist stalwart, Luciano Berio; and more keyboard showoffs.

Also peppering the show are flashy sounds by way of the violin (Itzhak Perlman), guitar (Jefferey McFadden) and flute (Alexandra Hawley).

Don't forget that showing off is a universal language: West African Kora player Mamadou Diabaté reconciles ripping technical skill and tranquility with his virtuosic meditation, Kora Mali.

Also: works by Igor Stravinsky, Ottokar Novacek and Lowell Liebermann.

Playlist:

Piano Sonata No. 55 in B-flat, Hob. XVI:41
Franz Joseph Haydn
Gilbert Kalish, piano
Nonesuch

Piano Concerto No. 2 in B-flat, Op. 19, movement 2
Ludwig van Beethoven
Bernard Haitink, conductor
The Piano Concertos | Appassionata
Andras Schiff, piano
Teldec

Kora Mali
Mamadou Diabate
Mamadou Diabate, kora
World Village

Sonata for Flute and Guitar, Op. 25
Lowell Liebermann
Alexandra Hawley, flute; Jeffrey McFadden, guitar
Naxos<

Etude pour Pianola
Igor Stravinsky
player piano
MDG

Well Tempered Clavier, Book 1: Prelude and Fugue No. 3 in C# Major, BWV 848
Johann Sebastian Bach
Glenn Gould, piano
CBS/Sony

Feuerklavier (Fire-piano) (1989)
Luciano Berio
David Arden, piano
New Albion

Duos Pour 2 Violins Sz.98
Bela Bartok
Laurent Korcia, violin; Nemanja Radulovic, violin
Astree

Tatum Pole Boogie
Art Tatum
Art Tatum, piano
CBS/Sony

Double Bass Concerto in D
Edgar Meyer
St. Paul Chamber Orchestra
Edgar Meyer, double bass
CBS/Sony

Five for Ten Small Fingers
Dave Brubeck
John Salmon, piano
Naxos

Moto perpetuo,  Op. 5/4
Ottokar Novacek
Itzhak Perlman, violin; Samuel Sanders, piano

Detto II
Sofia Gubaidulina
Chamber Ensemble
Yuri Nikolaevsky, conductor
Ivan Monighetti, cello
BMG

"Keep In Touch"
Nico Muhly
Nadia Sirota, viola; Antony, vocals; Kyle Covington, trombone
Bedroom Community

Jazz Etudes
Erwin Schulhoff
James Tocco, piano
ECM

Comments [3]

promet from NYC

What is this currently playing (ending?)? It is absolutely fascinating...

May. 01 2011 05:46 PM

RJ - thanks for listening and for your thoughtful comments. unfortunately the monday show isn't available for streaming.

May. 01 2011 03:08 PM
RJ from LI

As always, I really enjoyed your show last night, but in response to a comment I heard you make: I like your voice and your commentary and I hope you do not shorten it! Apparently (I missed the beginning of this) someone complained that you talk too much! Au contraire! This listener loves listening to your mellifuous tone, your opinions, the information you give us and most of all your enthusiasm and love of the music. Please continue!
Now for a question: I want to listen to last Monday night's show (I think it was Monday) featuring, I believe, symphonies by Beethoven and others but cannot find the link from which to stream it. Could you help?
Thank you,
An avid listener.

May. 01 2011 10:37 AM

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