The Great American Pianist, Part 3

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Seymour Lipkin

Starting in the 1940s, American-born pianists began to claim their standing on the world stage. Prior to World War II, great European pianists flooded to the United States and began teaching the up-and-coming generation of American keyboard masters. Carnegie Hall showcased these Golden Age pianists, and by the early 1950s, artists like Leon Fleisher and Van Cliburn were winning prestigious international competitions. As a result of their studies with the Europeans, Americans developed an eclectic style and a vast repertoire.

On this program, we hear Seymour Lipkin in the last sonata that Schubert composed just days before his early death, Eugene Istomin in Rachmaninoff’s Études-Tableaux, the last piece he wrote before leaving Russia, and many more. Tune in Thursday at 8pm or Sunday at 10pm for the third installment of The Great American Pianist on Reflections from the Keyboard.


Schubert: Piano Sonata in B-flat Major, D 960, IV. Allegro ma non troppo
--Seymour Lipkin, piano     

Bach-Busoni: Prelude and Fugue from The Well-Tempered Clavier
--Paul Jacobs, piano

Stravinsky: Tango
--Grant Johannesen, piano

Strauss-Schulz-Evler: Arabesques on “An der schönen, blauen Donau”
--Byron Janis, piano

Schumann: “Aria” from Piano sonata in F-sharp minor, Op. 11
--Eugene Istomin, piano

Weber: Perpetuum Mobile From Sonata No. 1 In C Major, Op. 24
--Sydney Foster, piano

Palmgren: May Night
--Sydney Foster, piano

Rachmaninoff-Wild: Where Beauty Dwells
--Grant Johannesen, piano

Rachmaninoff: Études-Tableaux in D major, Op. 39, No. 1
--Eugene Istomin, piano

Schubert: Sonata in G Major, D. 894, III. Menuetto: Allegro moderato - Trio
--Seymour Lipkin, piano