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Maurizio Pollini

July 27, 2009

Pollini's Beethoven 2 in Vienna

Pianist Maurizio Pollini is old-school: when he plays, he makes no facial expressions, he doesn't gyrate or moan or gesticulate. One critic wrote "there are morticians who go about their duties more chirpily than Pollini on the concert platform." You may not be able to *see* Pollini's engagement with the music, but you can *hear* it in every note he plays. We'll hear Maurizio Pollini in concert with the Vienna Philharmonic, playing Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 2.

Today's Playlist

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hour 1

  • Frederic Chopin
    Nocturne in A-flat, Opus 32, No. 2
    Maurizio Pollini, piano
  • Felix Mendelssohn
    (arr. Franz Liszt): Variations on Wedding March
    Arcadi Volodos, piano
    Carnegie Hall
  • Sergei Rachmaninoff
    Fragments in Ab Major, Op. Post
    Arcadi Volodos, piano
    Carnegie Hall
  • Edward Elgar
    La Capricieuse
    Nai-Yuan Hu, violin; Alain Jacquon, piano
    Rosecliff, Newport RI
  • Henryk Wieniawski
    Nai-Yuan Hu, violin; Alain Jacquon, piano
    Rosecliff, Newport RI
  • Ludwig van Beethoven
    Piano Concerto No. 2 in Bb, Op. 19
    Berlin Philharmonic; Claudio Abbado, cond.; Maurizio Pollini, piano

hour 2

  • Daniel Schnyder
    Zoom In, for Saxophone and String Quartet: IV. The Island, V. Chorus
    Daniel Schnyder, saxophone; Carmina String Quartet; Lyric Chamber Music Society of New York
    Kosciuszko Foundation, New York, NY
  • Camille Saint-Saens
    Carnival of the Animals
    Lio Kuok-wai, piano; Lio Kuok-man, piano; Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, Edo de Waart, conductor
    Sha Tin Town Hall, Hong Kong
  • Anton Bruckner
    Psalm No. 150
    Ailish Tynan, soprano; BBC Symphony Orchestra; BBC Symphony Chorus; Jiri Belohlavek, conductor
    BBC Proms, Royal Albert Hall, London
  • King Henry VIII
    Pasttime with good companye
    The Cardinall's Musick; Andrew Carwood, director
    BBC Proms, Cadogan Hall, London
  • Wagner
    Tannhauser: Entry of the Guests (arr. Arthur Frackenpohl)
    Canadian Brass; members of the Berlin Philharmonic; members of the Bayreuth Festival Orchestra; Edo de Waart, conductor
  • Francis Poulenc
    Toccata, from Trois Pieces
    Sarah Rushing, piano
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