This episode originally aired on April 30, 2011
Saturday, July 23, 2011
While Lady Gaga lights up performances with her fiery piano antics, classical virtuosos opt to light up their instruments with blazing technique. Masters such as Czerny, Chopin and Liszt paved the way for contemporary pianists by leaving behind their technically challenging yet artistically inspiring etudes. This week we hear fast finger work in compositions by Bach, Haydn, Liebermann and more.
One of the essential virtuosic instruments of our time, the piano opens the program, with Haydn's Sonata No. 55. Gilbert Kalish shows off his finger dexterity and gift for crisp articulation, ripping through Haydn's tricky scales and arpeggios. Alexandra Hawley and Jeffrey McFadden's performance of Liebermann's Sonata for Flute and Guitar dazzles listeners with their precision and panache.
The great Johann Sebastian Bach was known for his virtuosity and demanded nothing less from his performers. Glenn Gould soars through Bach's incessant Prelude and Fugue No. 3 in C Sharp Major.
Also on this week's blistering showcase are works by Bartok, Berio, Stravinsky and much more.
Let us know: what are your favorite virtuosic works?
Piano Sonata No. 55 in B-flat, Hob. XVI:41
Franz Joseph Haydn
Gilbert Kalish, piano
Piano Concerto No. 2 in B-flat, Op. 19, movement 2
Ludwig van Beethoven
Bernard Haitink, conductor
The Piano Concertos | Appassionata
Andras Schiff, piano
Mamadou Diabate, kora
Sonata for Flute and Guitar, Op. 25
Alexandra Hawley, flute; Jeffrey McFadden, guitar
Etude pour Pianola
Well Tempered Clavier, Book 1: Prelude and Fugue No. 3 in C# Major, BWV 848
Johann Sebastian Bach
Glenn Gould, piano
Feuerklavier (Fire-piano) (1989)
David Arden, piano
Duos Pour 2 Violins Sz.98
Laurent Korcia, violin; Nemanja Radulovic, violin
Tatum Pole Boogie
Art Tatum, piano
Double Bass Concerto in D
St. Paul Chamber Orchestra
Edgar Meyer, double bass
Five for Ten Small Fingers
John Salmon, piano
Moto perpetuo, Op. 5/4
Itzhak Perlman, violin; Samuel Sanders, piano
Yuri Nikolaevsky, conductor
Ivan Monighetti, cello
"Keep In Touch"
Nadia Sirota, viola; Antony, vocals; Kyle Covington, trombone
James Tocco, piano