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May 9, 2012

Gershwin's Piano Concerto in F

George Gershwin had it all: talent, looks, charisma, spiffy art deco apartment on Riverside Drive with the grand piano, the parties, the Isamo Noguchi bust of himself. And, of course, a melodic gift that escaped the theatre and lived in memory. On Wednesday's Performance Today, we'll hear one of George Gershwin's influential forays into the concert hall, played by an equally charismatic pianist from Quebec. Alain Lefevre plays George Gershwin's Concerto in F.

Today's Playlist

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hour 1

  • Astor Piazzolla
    Ave Maria
    Maya Beiser, cello, Anthony de Mare, piano
  • William Boyce
    Symphony in A, Op. 2, No. 2 (Birthday)
    Tempesta di Mare
    Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia
  • Johannes Brahms
    Violin Sonata No. 2 in A, Op. 78
    Anthony Marwood, violin, Aleksandar Madzar, piano
    Wigmore Hall, London, England
  • The Piano Puzzler
    This week's contestant is Keith Weber from Houston, Texas
  • Astor Piazzolla
    The River Oaks Chamber Orchestra, JoAnn Falletta, conductor
    The Church of St. John The Divine, Houston
  • Johann Sebastian Bach (Arranged by Max Reger)
    Two Bourrees in A Minor, BWV 807, from Reger's Suite for Orchestra in G Minor
    The River Oaks Chamber Orchestra, Alastair Willis, conductor
    Church of St. John the Divine, Houston

hour 2

  • George Gershwin
    Prelude No. 1, from Three Preludes
    The Eroica Trio
  • Antonio Vivaldi
    Sinfonia, from Dorilla in Tempe, RV 709
    The Academy for Ancient Music, Berlin, Georg Kallweit, violin and leader
    The Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
  • Bolette Roed
    Bolette Roed, recorder
    Music in Paradise Festival, Paradyz, Poland
  • George Gershwin
    Concerto in F
    Alain Lefevre, piano, the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, Nathan Brock, conductor
    Wilfrid-Pelletier Hall, Montreal, Quebec
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