Piano Music Big and Small

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The Glorious Decade was a great time for piano building, piano composing and piano playing. It was a time when the piano was a cherished element in domestic life. The years between 1900 and 1910 gave us music of the drawing room, as well as towering pianistic masterpieces.

On this episode, Arthur Rubinstein performs the third movement of Manuel de Falla’s Nights in the Gardens of Spain; Ernesto Nazareth’s tango Odeon sways perfectly in the hands of Thomas Tirino, and a live performance of the middle movement of Sergei Rachmaninoff’s intense Third Piano Concerto played by the imitable Vladimir Horowitz. 

Program playlist:

Sergei Rachmaninoff: Prelude in G minor, op.23 no.5
Vladimir Horowitz, piano
RCA Victor

Manuel de Falla: In the Gardens of the Sierra de Cordoba
Arthur Rubinstein, piano
RCA Victor

Nikolai Medtner: Four Fairy Tales Op26 - IV Sostenuto
Geoffrey Tozer, piano

Ernesto Nazareth: Odeon
Thomas Tirino, piano

Horatio Parker: Valse Gracile
Peter Kairoff, piano
Albany Troy

Scott Joplin: Maple Leaf Rag
Roy Eaton, piano

Alexander Glazunov: Sonata No.2 in E minor, I. Moderato
Duane Hulbert, piano

Sergei Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 3 Op. 30 Intermezzo Adagio
Vladimir Horowitz, piano
RCA Victor

John Phillip Sousa (arr. Vladimir Horowitz): The Stars and Stripes Forever
Vladimir Horowitz, piano
RCA Victor