The Great American Pianist, Part 1

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A young Rosalyn Tureck

This week on Reflections from the Keyboard, host David Dubal begins a four-part series celebrating The Great American Pianist. America and the piano grew up together, Dubal says, and this country has produced a wealth of important concert pianists. In addition to American-born artists, the United States became a haven for many European pianists during the 19th century, and by the 1860s, Steinway & Sons was selling their pianos all across the country, becoming the instrument of concert halls everywhere.

This program features keyboard giants such as André Watts, who became an overnight sensation at the age of 16, and Rosalyn Tureck, one of the great Bach masters. We’ll also hear two selections from Leon Fleisher, who overcame a severe muscular condition in his right hand and has gone on to perform well into his 80s.

Tune in Thursday night at 8pm and Sunday night at 10pm for this tribute to The Great American Pianist.

Program:

Chopin: Étude No. 7 in C-sharp minor, Op. 25
--André Watts, piano

Copland: Piano Sonata
--Leon Fleisher, piano

Gershwin-Wild: “I Got Rhythm”
--Earl Wild, piano

Gershwin-Wild: “Embraceable You”
--Earl Wild, piano

Bartók: “With Drums and Pipes” from Out of Doors
--Leonid Hambro, piano

Bartók: “The Chase” from Out of Doors
--Leonid Hambro, piano

Liszt: Consolation No. 3, S. 172
--Murray Perahia, piano

Khachaturian: Piano Concerto in D-flat Major, III. Allegro Brillante
--William Kapell, piano

Weber: Piano Sonata No. 4 in E minor, Op. 70, IV. Finale. Prestissimo
--Leon Fleisher, piano

Chopin-Liszt: Chant Polonais No. 1, “The Maiden’s Wish”
--Earl Wild, piano

Bach: Keyboard Partita No. 2 in C minor, BWV 826 – Sinfonia
--Rosalyn Tureck, piano