A Composer's Best Friend

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Thursday, March 05, 2015

Pianist Vladimir Horowitz strikes a poignant pose at the piano, circa 1936. Pianist Vladimir Horowitz strikes a poignant pose at the piano, circa 1936. (Sasha/Getty Images)

For the first decade of the 1900s, the piano resumed its position as the best friend of the composer. 

This week on The Glorious Decade, host David Dubal shares several contrasting works, including the slow Evocation by Isaac Albeniz, the Greensleeves Elegy by Ferruccio Busoni and Alexander Scribin’s ecstatic Sonata No. 5, an impressionistic poem for the piano.

Program playlist:

Isaac Albeniz: Evocacion
William Kapell, piano
Philips

Sergei Prokofiev: Toccata, Op. 11
Samson Francois, piano
Philips

Frederick Delius: Piano Concerto in C minor, allegro non troppo
Clifford Curzon, piano
BBC Radio 3 Music

Manuel de Falla: 4 Piezas espanolas, Andaluza
Benita Meshulam, piano
Brilliant Classics

Ferruccio Busoni: Elegy No 4
Stanley Waldoff, piano
ArkivMusic

Camille Saint-Saens: Prelude No. 1
Joao Carlos Martins, piano
Labor Records

Alexander Scriabin: Piano Sonata No. 5 in F sharp major, Op. 53
Vladimir Horowitz, piano
Philips

Sergei Rachmaninoff: Moment Musical in E minor Op16 No 4
Oxana Yablonskaya, piano
Conniseur Society

Comments [1]

Becca from New York

Beautiful show tonight! Thank you.

Mar. 05 2015 09:00 PM

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