Fingers of Fury
This episode originally aired April 3, 2011
Saturday, February 04, 2012
This week, All Ears puts musicians into overdrive. Never forgetting that technique should serve the art form and not the other way around, we listen to performers blaze through the tricky fingerings and aural somersaults demanded by Art Tatum, Haydn, Bartok and others.
With its hundreds of years of use and abuse as a tool to wow listeners and watchers, much of the program pays homage to the piano, with Tatum's composition of dizzying grooviness, Tatum Pole Boogie. Also on tap is the iconoclastic and relentless Well Tempered Clavier, Book 1: Prelude and Fugue No. 3 in C# Major by Bach, a blistering work by modernist stalwart, Luciano Berio; and more keyboard showoffs.
Also peppering the show are flashy sounds by way of the violin (Itzhak Perlman), guitar (Jefferey McFadden) and flute (Alexandra Hawley).
Don't forget that showing off is a universal language: West African Kora player Mamadou Diabaté reconciles ripping technical skill and tranquility with his virtuosic meditation, Kora Mali.
Also: works by Igor Stravinsky, Ottokar Novacek and Lowell Liebermann.
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