To mark the 25th anniversary of her New York debut, virtuosic American pianist Sara Davis Buechner performed live on November 11 at Merkin Concert Hall.
With an ambitious program ranging from Bach transcriptions to Ms. Buechner's own transcriptions of 1920's foxtrots to 20th century composers Miklós Rózsa and Kouji Taku, Ms. Buechner demonstrated the full array of her talents, while even peppering the second half of the concert with entertaining asides from the stage.
Q2 is happy to bring you the entire concert on-demand, as well as a 1998 WNYC Fishko Files with Ms. Buechner where she discusses her struggles with issues of identity, both musical and personal, with host Sara Fishko.
Sara Davis Buechner at Merkin Concert Hall engineered and recorded by Silas Brown of Legacy Sound with assistance from Doron Schachter.
Sara Davis Buechner at Merkin Concert Hall (11/11/2009): First Half
Three Bach Transcriptions (from Egon Petri, Michael von Zadora, and Ferruccio Busoni)
Five Klavierstücke by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Fantaisie et Toccata by Bohuslav Martinu
Sara Davis Buechner at Merkin Concert Hall (11/11/2009): Second Half
The Vintner's Daughter by Miklós Rózsa
Variations on a Theme of Poulenc by Kouji Taku
Six Foxtrots on Popular Melodies of the 1920's arranged by Sara Davis Buechner (from George Gershwin, Raie da Costa, Jesse Greer, and Dana Suesse)
The Perfect Hour by Michael Block
Fishko Files Portrait of Sara Davis Buechner (6/6/1998)
From WNYC's Fishko Files: Piano playing can be a grueling art, demanding sacrifice and concentration, but offering beauty and fulfillment to the listener and the artist. Ten years ago, in 1998, WNYC's Sara Fishko spoke to a musician who struggles with the complexities of the instrument -- and of her own personality.