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Haochen Zhang

June 10, 2009

Another Gold-Medal Performance

This past Sunday, the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition concluded with a rare tie for first place. On Monday's show, we featured one of the gold medalists, Nobuyuki Tsujii of Japan. On today's show, we'll hear the other, Chinese pianist Haochen Zhang. The youngest competitor in the field, Zhang gave a mature, electrifying performance of Prokofiev's second piano concerto.

Today's Playlist

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hour 1

  • Darius Milhaud
    First movement from String Quartet No. 12
    The Parisii Quartet
  • Astor Piazzolla
    "Zita," from "Suite Troileana"
    Guitarists Sergio and Odair Assad
    Travis Park United Methodist Church, San Antonio, Texas
  • Ernest Chausson
    Second movement from String Quartet in C Minor, Op. 35
    The Parisii Quartet
    New York Society for Ethical Culture, New York City
  • Sergei Prokofiev
    Piano Concerto No. 2 in G Minor, Op. 16
    Pianist Haochen Zhang with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra and conductor James Conlon
    Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, Fort Worth, Texas

hour 2

  • William Walton
    Second movement from Viola Concerto
    Violist Helen Callus with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and conductor Marc Taddei
  • Antonio Vivaldi
    Concerto No. 9 in D, RV 230
    Alison Balsom, trumpet, Benjamin Hochman, harpsichord, and Raman Ramakrishnan, cello
    Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, North Carolina
  • Benjamin Dale
    "Romance," from Suite for Viola
    Violist Helen Callus
    Maud Moon Weyerhaeuser Studio, St. Paul, Minnesota
  • Rebecca Clarke
    Violist Helen Callus
    Maud Moon Weyerhaeuser Studio, St. Paul, Minnesota
  • Bela Bartok
    "Hungarian Sketches," Sz. 97
    The Stavanger Symphony Orchestra with conductor Per Kristian Skalstad
    Concert Hall, Stavanger, Norway
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