March 16, 2010
A harrowing premiere
In 1962, pianist John Browning was set to give the premiere of Samuel Barber's new piano concerto. There was just one problem. Two weeks before the premiere, Barber still hadn't written the third movement. In today's show, Browning tells the story behind that premiere, involving himself, Barber, and the interventions of Aaron Copland and Vladimir Horowitz. And pianist Meng-Chieh Liu performs it with Barber's alma mater orchestra, the Curtis Symphony Orchestra in Philadelphia.
Performance Today audio is available for seven days following broadcast.
Johann Strauss, Jr.
Annen Polka, Op. 117
The Vienna Philharmonic with conductor Daniel Barenboim
Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach
Cello Concerto in A, Wq 172
Cellist and conductor Paul Watkins with the Norwegian Radio Orchestra
Radio Concert Hall, Oslo, Norway
Excerpts from "Petrushka"
Pianist Yuja Wang
The Frederic Chopin Society, Saint Paul
Finale from Symphony No. 45 in F-sharp Minor
The Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra with conductor Daniel Barenboim
Musikverein, Vienna, Austria
Fourth movement from Piano Sonata, Op. 26
Pianist Stephen Beus
Aria and Chaconne
Synod Hall, Oakland, Pennsylvania
The World Youth Symphony Orchestra with conductor Andrew Litton
Kresge Auditorium, Interlochen, Michigan
The Rastrelli Cello Quartet
Hugh Hodgson Concert Hall, Athens, Georgia
Piano Concerto, Op. 38
Pianist Meng-Chieh Liu with the Curtis Symphony Orchestra and conductor Christoph Eschenbach
Verizon Hall, Philadelphia