With all the squeaky clean studio production and freakshow precision of last week's program, we're getting rugged this week and doing it live! Tune in 11 am/pm for a week's worth of nothing-but-live recordings taken from piano performances recorded in New York City.
There's something irresistibly raw and unpredictable about live performance, and when they're of the caliber we'll hear this week, few musical experiences can compare. Kicking off the week is a collection of pieces taken from three concerts:
◦ Pianist / composer Timothy Andres pairs one of his own works, Everything Is An Onion, with a movement from Charles Ives' Concord Sonata in a live performance taken from the Ecstatic Music Festival Marathon.
◦ Gloria Cheng plays rarely-heard and recently-composed works in concert at (Le) Poisson Rouge by Thomas Ades, Kaija Saariaho and Pierre Boulez, whose incandescent miniature "Une Page d’Éphéméride" received its New York premiere.
◦ And finally, pianists from the International Contemporary Ensemble -- in another New York premiere -- offer Edgard Varèse's eight-hand, two-piano version of Ameriques at the Yamaha Piano Salon as part of the Lincoln Center Festival's Varèse: (R)evolution.
Oh, but that's just the beginning. We'll fill out the week with live performances by Bruce Brubaker, Marino Formenti, Marilyn Nonken and others in works from all corners -- often dusty ones -- of the contemporary piano repertoire. Tune in for works by Philippe Bodin, Marc Mellits, Tristan Perich, Philip Glass, Frederic Rzewski and others, all taken from live performances at venues throughout New York.
What were your piano highlights from this near-expired concert season?