The Great American Pianist, Part 2

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This week, David Dubal continues his celebration of great American keyboard giants. Escaping the World Wars, European pianists immigrated to the United States, teaching generations of American players, both privately and at the many outstanding conservatories that opened across the country. Through their teaching, they formed a new awareness of art music for the American public. By the 19th century, a house was not considered a home if it didn’t have a piano.

On this program, we hear performances by André Previn, Constance Keene, and the great Van Cliburn, whose death in 2013 was mourned around the world.

Tune in Thursday at 8pm or Sunday at 10pm for the latest edition of The Great American Pianist.

Program:

Bach: Italian Concerto, I. Allegro
--John Browning, piano

Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 17 in G Major, III. Allegretto
--André Previn, piano; Vienna Philharmonic conducted by André Previn

Tchaikovsky: Barcarolle (June) from The Seasons
--Van Cliburn, piano

Albeniz: Evocación
--William Kapell, piano

Scriabin: 12. Études, Op. 8 (No. 9 in G-sharp minor, No. 11 in B-flat minor, No. 12 in D-sharp minor)
--Garrick Ohlsson, piano

Mendelssohn: 3 Etudes, Op 104
--Constance Keene, piano

Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 1, II.  Andantino semplice
--Van Cliburn, piano