Episode #604

Jonathan Biss Explores Two Sides of Schumann

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Sunday, October 23, 2011

Pianist and rising star Jonathan Biss, 26, brings his artistry and his insight to the studio this week. On the program are sonatas by Beethoven and Mozart, along with selections from Robert Schumann's Davidsbündlertänze.

In this work the composer brings to life the two opposing personalities that often appear in his music. Schumann even gave them names: the fiery and passionate Florestan, and Eusebius, the dreamy and introspective character. Biss gets in touch with both sides of Schumann's musical personality, and we get to hear firsthand why he's one of the most sought-after pianists performing today.

Program Details:

Ludwig van Beethoven: Sonata in e minor, No. 27, Op. 90.

—I. Mit Lebhaftigkeit und durchaus mit Empfindung und Ausdruck

Robert Schumann: Davidsbündlertänze.

—IV. Ungeduldig

—V. Einfach

—VI. Sehr rasch

—VII. Nicht schnell

—VIII. Frisch

—IX. Lebhaf

Wolfgang Amadé Mozart: Sonata in F Major, K. 533/494.


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