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Imogen Cooper

March 23, 2012

The Tempest

Pianist Imogen Cooper calls Beethoven's "Tempest" Sonata "a deeply disturbing work." From the enigmatic opening bars where Beethoven draws us into a mysterious world, to the ambiguous ending, he takes us through a whole range of conflicting emotions. Cooper confesses that playing this piece sometimes leaves her feeling shaken. Today she joins host Fred Child in the PT studios for conversation and a performance of Beethoven's "Tempest" Sonata.

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hour 1

  • Franz Schubert
    Allegretto in C Minor, D. 915
    Imogen Cooper, piano
  • Maurice Ravel
    Alborada del Gracioso
    The Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, Antony Hermus, conductor
    Vredenburg Leidsche Rijn, Utrecht, the Netherlands
  • Darius Milhaud
    Clair, from Sonatina, Op. 76
    Marina Piccinini, flute, the Brasil Guitar Duo
    Aspen Music Festival, Aspen, Colorado
  • Perfchat with Imogen Cooper
  • Ludwig van Beethoven
    Piano Sonata No. 17, Op. 31, No. 2 (Tempest)
    Imogen Cooper, piano
    Maud Moon Weyerhaeuser Studio, St. Paul
  • Johann Sebastian Bach
    Siciliano from Flute Sonata in E-flat, BWV 1031 (arranged for violin and harp)
    Lara St. John, violin, Marie-Pierre Langlamet, harp
    Lyon & Healy Hall, Chicago

hour 2

  • Claude Debussy
    La Mer (the Sea)
    The London Symphony Orchestra, Valery Gergiev, conductor
    Aix-en-Provence Festival, Aix-en-Provence, France
  • Heinz Holliger
    Glowing Black, after Debussy's the Evenings Illuminated by the Glowing Coal
    The Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra, Michel Tabachnik, conductor
    Lucerne Summer Festival, Lucerne, Switzerland
  • Traditional (Arranged by James Erb)
    The St. Olaf Choir, Anton Armstrong, director
    Boe Memorial Chapel, Northfield, Minnesota
  • Mark O'Connor
    Mark O'Connor, violin
    Kulas Hall, Cleveland
  • Jan Dismas Zelenka
    Second movement from Trio Sonata No. 1 in F, ZWV 181
    Heinz Holliger and Maurice Bourgue, oboes, Klaus Thunemann, bassoon, Christiane Jaccottet, harpsichord
  • Michael Nyman
    Songs for Tony
    The Amstel Saxophone Quartet
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