Hommage à Liszt

This episode originally aired on April 30, 2011

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Saturday, October 22, 2011

Today marks the 200th birthday of celebrated pianist, Franz Liszt. In honor of the uninhibited virtuoso, All Ears explores works that sparkle with virtuosity, a signature Lisztian quality. We hear finger-twisters and instrumental pyrotechnics by Bach, Beethoven and Haydn.

Pianist Gilbert Kalish opens this week's show, dazzling us with his trills and crisp articulation in Haydn's dashing Sonata No. 55 in B-flat. In addition to his technical wizardry, Liszt was also known for his high level of expression, a trait that was influenced by his friendship with Chopin. We hear a poetic performance of Beethoven's (piano teacher of Czerny, Liszt's professor) Concerto No. 2 in B-flat major by Andras Schiff.

Bach's Prelude and Fugue No. 3 in C# Major, BWV 848 may not be a test of speed, but a certain amount to technical flexibility is required. The fugue's challenges are plentiful, as there are multiple voices to played with only two hands. We hear Glenn Gould's charming interpretation of the work, maneuvered with grace and poise.  

Our Hommage à Liszt doesn't stop there. We hear additional works by Edgar Meyer, Lowell Liebermann, Igor Stravinsky and much more.


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

Kora Mali
Mamadou Diabate
Mamadou Diabate, kora
World Village

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

Etude pour Pianola
Igor Stravinsky
player piano

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)
Luciano Berio
David Arden, piano
New Albion

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

Tatum Pole Boogie
Art Tatum
Art Tatum, piano

Double Bass Concerto in D

Edgar Meyer
St. Paul Chamber Orchestra
Edgar Meyer, double bass

Five for Ten Small Fingers
Dave Brubeck
John Salmon, piano

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

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

Jazz Etudes

Erwin Schulhoff
James Tocco, piano

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