8 Greats of the Piano, Part 2

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Thursday, December 17, 2015


Tune in 8pm Thursday for a new episode of Reflections from the Keyboard. David Dubal continues highlighting great pianists with eight more impactful performers: Fleisher, Ashkenazy, Gilels, François, Hoffman, Gieseking, Serkin, and Arrau.

Featured Video:

Featured this week is Samson François performing Schumann's Toccata in C major, Op. 7, commonly known as one of the most difficult pieces ever written for piano, requiring very high technical ability at the keyboard. It's also believed to be the piece that Schumann famously injured his hands trying to learn. Despite the difficulties this piece presents, François's performance is one of ease and expression.

Program Details:

Intermezzo No. 3 in A flat, Op. 76
Johannes Brahms
Walter Gieseking
Arbiter Records

Toccata in C major, Op. 7
Robert Schumann
Samson François
BNF Collection

Pastorale e Capriccio (Arranged by Carl Tausig)
Domenico Scarlatti
Josef Hoffman

Mephisto Waltz No. 1 S. 514
Franz Liszt
Vladimir Ashkenazy
Decca Import

Nocturne from Lyric Pieces, Op. 54
Edvard Grieg
Emil Gilels
Deutsche Grammophon

Pour le piano: Toccata
Claude Debussy
Claudio Arrau

Piano Concerto No.17 in G major, K.453: IV. Allegretto
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Rudolf Serkin
Deutsche Grammophon

Piano Sonata No.4 in E minor, Op.70: II. Menuetto, IV. Finale
Carl Maria von Weber
Leon Fleisher


Comments [5]

sonia sudak from NYS

Many music lovers would enjoy re-discovering Daniel Abrams and his original piano music based on operas. http://bit.ly/1M93R https://youtu.be/IE5syI9Cy6M(Tristan) http:/http://youtu.be/yxGL6jGnLgE (Purcell)
I would be so grateful if you help this happen. Regards, Sonia Sudak

May. 01 2016 06:32 PM
Oliver Yourke from Brooklyn

I also noticed the 1st mvt. of the Sonata No. 2 in B-flat minor played for the Schumann toccata. Thanks to Jeff (above) for clearing up the supposed hallucinations.

Great show nonetheless!

Dec. 19 2015 12:12 AM
Jeff Rainer

Have loved your show since it started.
But I thought you might want to know: The program of 12/17/15 had a problem.
You announced Samson Francois playing the Schumann Toccata. But what we heard was actually the first movement of Chopin's Piano Sonata No. 2.

Keep up the great work. How about a program about ragtime piano?

Best, Jeff Rainer

Dec. 17 2015 10:57 PM
Anne from Jersey City

You're playing all my favorite artists. I remember seeing Ashkenazy win in Brussels. He was amazing.

Dec. 17 2015 08:22 PM
Serena Farhi from NYC

David, I love your program Also loved your class. Wondering why Andras Schiff is never mentioned.
thanks and kindest regards.

Dec. 17 2015 07:15 AM

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