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Alexander Melnikov

February 3, 2012

Risky Business

When piloting an airplane, safety has to be the number one consideration. Everything else takes a back seat. But safety isn't always the first thing on the mind of pianist (and private pilot) Alexander Melnikov. He says that, while he always has a Plan B when he's flying, that's tough to do on the concert stage. Melnikov takes some well-considered risks today, playing Schubert's "Wanderer Fantasy" in the PT studios.

Today's Playlist

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hour 1

  • Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach
    First movement from Keyboard Sonata in F-sharp Minor, Wq 52, No. 4, H. 37
    Mikhail Pletnev, piano
  • George Frideric Handel
    Excerpts from Giulio Cesare in Egitto (Julius Caesar in Egypt)
    Le Concert d'Astree, Emmanuelle Haim, director
  • Perfchat with Alexander Melnikov
    Perfchat
  • Franz Schubert
    Der Wanderer Phantasie, Op. 15 (The Wanderer Fantasy)
    Alexander Melnikov, piano
    Maud Moon Weyerhaeuser Studio, St. Paul
  • Alexander Scriabin
    Poeme, Op. 32, No. 1
    Alexander Melnikov, piano
    Maud Moon Weyerhaeuser Studio, St. Paul
  • Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach
    Sinfonia in D, Wq. 183, No. 1, H. 663
    The Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra, Andrea Marcon, conductor
    Konzerthaus, Berlin, Germany

hour 2

  • Traditional (Arranged by Roy Ringwald)
    Deep River
    Conspirare, Craig Hella Johnson, director
  • John Dowland
    My Lord Willoughby's Welcome Home
    Sharon Isbin and Cameron O'Connor, guitars
    Aspen Music Festival, Aspen, Colorado
  • Anonymous
    La Rossignol (the Nightingale)
    Sharon Isbin and Cameron O'Connor, guitars
    Aspen Music Festival, Aspen, Colorado
  • Timo Alakotila
    Sketches from Folkscenes
    The Irish Chamber Orchestra, Pekka Kuusisto, conductor
    Royal Dublin Society Concert Hall, Dublin, Ireland
  • Aaron Copland
    Variations on a Shaker Melody
    The Dallas Wind Symphony, Donald McKinney, conductor
    Meyerson Symphony Center, Dallas
  • Traditional Norwegian
    Bansull fra Telemark and Bysjan, Bysjan lite ban
    Ensemble 96, Kjetil Almenning, director
  • Antonin Dvorak
    Fourth movement from Violin Sonatina in G, Op. 100
    Chistian Tetzlaff, violin, Lars Vogt, piano
    Spivey Hall, Morrow, Georgia
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