Hommage à Liszt
This episode originally aired on April 30, 2011
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
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