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Maurizio Pollini

November 17, 2011

Still Waters

Pianist Maurizio Pollini has been accused of being stiff and unemotional on stage. One writer said, "There are morticians who go about their duties more chirpily than Pollini on the concert platform." That may be, but he manages to generate a lot of emotion in his performances. Pollini joins Claudio Abbado and the Berlin Philharmonic for a lively - and emotional - performance of Beethoven's Second Piano Concerto.

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hour 1

  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Overture to the Impresario
    The Lausanne Chamber Orchestra, Yehudi Menuhin, conductor
  • Traditional (Arranged by William L. Dawson)
    Ain't-a That Good News!
    Conspirare, Craig Hella Johnson, director
  • Valerie Coleman
    Red Clay and Mississippi Delta
    The Imani Winds
    Brooks Center for the Performing Arts, Clemson, South Carolina
  • Johann Sebastian Bach
    Orchestral Suite No. 4 in D, BWV 1069
    Europa Galante, Fabio Biondi, conductor
    Palau de la Musica Catalana, Barcelona, Spain
  • Joaquin Rodrigo
    Distant Sarabande and Carol
    The Lausanne Chamber Orchestra, Jesus Lopez Cobos, conductor
    Metropole Hall, Lausanne, Switzerland
  • Heitor Villa-Lobos
    Preludio (Modinha), from Bachianas Brasileiras No. 1, A. 246
    The Beauvais Cello Octet
    Bulgaria Concert Hall, Sofia, Bulgaria

hour 2

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