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Alexander Schimpf

August 11, 2011

The Cleveland Competition

German pianist Alexander Schimpf won the Cleveland International Piano Competition last Saturday night in Cleveland. The win catapults him into a new arena, with a grand prize of $50,000 and two years of concerts. But he wasn't thinking about that when PT host Fred Child spoke with him shortly after his big win. Schimpf said he was thinking of his family back home in Germany. They listened to his gold-medal performance of Beethoven's Fourth Piano Concerto over the internet on Saturday. You can hear it in today's show.

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hour 1

  • Astor Piazzolla
    Fuga y Misterio
    Steven Copes, violin, the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Miguel Harth-Bedoya, conductor
    Ordway Center, St. Paul
  • Edvard Grieg
    Holberg Suite, Op. 40
    The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Nicholas McGegan, conductor
    Ordway Center, Saint Paul
  • Gyorgy Ligeti
    Bagatelle No. 3, from Six Bagatelles for Wind Quintet
    Festival Musicians
    Music@Menlo, Palo Alto, California
  • The PT Mail Bag
    Listener Calls and Emails
  • Hieronymus Praetorius
    Tota Pulchra es
    Stile Antico
    Spivey Hall, Morrow, Georgia
  • Zoltan Kodaly
    Dances of Galanta
    The Spanish Radio and Television Orchestra, Manuel Hernandez Silva, conductor
    Teatro Monumental, Madrid, Spain

hour 2

  • Johannes Brahms
    Third movement from Symphony No. 1 in C Minor, Op. 68
    The Cleveland Orchestra, George Szell, conductor
  • Franz Schubert
    Die Forelle, D. 550 (The Trout)
    Tyler Duncan, baritone, Inon Barnatan, piano
    Spoleto Festival USA, Charleston, South Carolina
  • Ludwig van Beethoven
    Piano Concerto No. 4 in G, Op. 58
    Alexander Schimpf, piano, the Cleveland Orchestra, Christopher Wilkins, conductor
    Cleveland International Piano Competition, Cleveland
  • Heitor Villa-Lobos
    Preludio No. 3 and Estudio No. 10
    Odair Assad, guitar
    Guitar Alla Grande Festival, Ottawa, Ontario
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