A New Opportunity in America

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Thursday, March 19, 2015

Claude Debussy and Maurice Ravel. Claude Debussy and Maurice Ravel. (Wikimedia Commons)

During "the Glorious Decade," the period from the turn of the 20th century to about the beginning of World War I, America became the land of opportunity and it beckoned millions. Pianists, too, came in droves. This decade brought new life to composers and the piano, inspiring them to create and perform towering pianistic masterpieces.

This week's program features pianists Lyubov Bruk and Mark Taimanov playing Stravinsky’s 1907 Etude in F-Sharp Major, which gives a nod to his later Firebird Suite. And the finale to Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Third Piano Concerto is in the incomparable hands of Vladimir Horowitz.

Program playlist:

Sergei Rachmaninoff: Suite No. 2 for Two Pianos, Op. 15: Tarantella
Lyubov Bruk and Mark Taimanov, piano
Philips

Igor Stravinsky: Etude in F Sharp Major Op. 7, No. 4
Rexa Han, piano
Victor Elmaleh Collection

Claude Debussy: Feux D'artifice
Walter Hautzig, piano
Americus

Ethelbert Nevin: Water Scenes Op. 13, No. 4 Narcissus
David Dubal, piano
Arkiv Music

R. Nathaniel Dett: Juba Dance
David Dubal, piano
Arkiv Music

Maurice Ravel: Gaspard de la Nuit: Le Gibet
Vladimir Ashkenazy, piano
Philips

Sergei Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 3, Op. 30: Finale Alla breve
Vladimir Horowitz, piano
RCA Victor

Claude Debussy: Preludes, Book II: No. 8 Ondine
Walter Gieseking, piano
Philips

Alexander Scriabin: Piano Sonata No. 3, Op. 23: Andante
Vladimir Horowitz, piano
RCA Victor

Sergei Prokofiev: Sonata No 2 in D Minor: 4th Movement
Barbara Nissman, piano
Pierian Recording Society

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