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Jonathan Biss

Weekend of October 17, 2009

Jonathan Biss in our studios

The great young American pianist Jonathan Biss joins Fred in our studio to play, and talk about, music by Franz Schubert. For Biss, Schubert's music is infused with "joyful sadness and tragic joy," these two emotional poles interweave seamlessly. Jonathan Biss plays the opening movement from Schubert's A-Major Sonata. And also introduces us to quietly quirky works by his favorite living composer: Gyorgy Kurtag.

Today's Playlist

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hour 1

  • Robert Schumann
    Third movement from "Kreisleriana," Op. 16:
    Pianist Jonathan Biss
  • Attia Sharara
    "Fantasy El Mansora" for Solo Violin
    Violinist William Harvey
    Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana
  • Carlos Gardel
    Cuarteto Latinoamericano
    Strings Music Festival, Steamboat Springs Colorado
  • Gyorgy Kurtag
    Excerpts from "Games"
    Pianist Jonathan Biss
    Maud Moon Weyerhaeuser Studio, St. Paul
  • Franz Schubert
    First movement from Sonata No. 20 in A, D. 959
    Pianist Jonathan Biss
    Maud Moon Weyerhaeuser Studio, St. Paul
  • Perfchat with Jonathan Biss
  • Johannes Brahms
    Hungarian Dance No. 1 in G Minor
    The Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra with conductor Maxim Vengerov
    Grieg Hall, Bergen, Norway
  • Traditional
    "Black Eyes"
    Violinist Vesko Eschkenazy
    The Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, the Netherlands

hour 2

  • George Frideric Handel
    Violinist Paolo Ciociola and cellist David Amadio with Interpreti Veneziani Baroque Orchestra
    Modlin Center for the Arts, Richmond, Virginia
  • Antonio Vivaldi
    Passacaglia from Violin Concerto in E, RV 583
    Violinist Giuliano Carmignola with the Venice Baroque Orchestra and conductor Andrea Marcon
    Victoria Hall, Geneva, Switzerland
  • Felix Mendelssohn
    First movement from Piano Trio No. 1 in D Minor, Op. 49
    Pianist Jonathan Biss, violinist Steven Copes, and cellist Ronald Thomas
    Maud Moon Weyerhaeuser Studio, St. Paul
  • Perfchat with Jonathan Biss, Steven Copes, and Ronald Thomas
  • Joseph Haydn
    Overture to "L'infedelta Delusa" ("Deceit Outwitted")
    The Orpheus Chamber Orchestra
    Carnegie Hall, New York City
  • Ludwig van Beethoven
    Third movement from Piano Sonata No. 8 in C Minor, Op. 13 ("Pathetique")
    Pianist Jonathan Biss
  • Anton Webern
    Passacaglia for Orchestra, Op. 1
    The German Symphony Orchestra, Berlin with conductor Ingo Metzmacher
    Edinburgh Festival International, Edinburgh, Scotland
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