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May 25, 2012

Two Young Stars

Today we're featuring two amazing young pianists whose stars are rising. Conrad Tao is 17, still finishing his studies at the Juilliard School in New York. Earlier this week, Tao won a prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant. We'll hear him in recital in Florida. Yuja Wang is 25, and has been delivering jaw-dropping performances ever since she appeared on the international scene about a decade ago. We'll hear her in concert in San Francisco, playing Ravel's Concerto for the Left Hand.

Today's Playlist

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hour 1

  • Maurice Ravel
    Oiseaux Tristes (Sad Birds)
    Marius Van Paassen, piano
  • Franz Liszt
    Hungarian Rhapsody No. 6 in D, S. 359, R. 441
    Conrad Tao, piano
    San Pablo Catholic Church, Marathon, Florida
  • Sergei Rachmaninoff
    Prelude No. 12 in G-sharp Minor, Op. 32
    Conrad Tao, piano
    San Pablo Catholic Church, Marathon, Florida
  • Wilhelm Friedemann Bach
    Sinfonia in F, FK. 67
    The Zurich Chamber Orchestra, Roger Norrington, conductor
    Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festival, Rostock, Germany
  • Maurice Ravel
    Piano Concerto for the Left Hand
    Yuja Wang, piano, the San Francisco Symphony, Michael Tilson Thomas, conductor
    Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco

hour 2

  • Philip Glass
    Etude No. 3 for Piano
    Bruce Brubaker, piano
    Gilmore International Keyboard Festival, Kalamazoo, Michigan
  • Philip Glass
    Third movement from Concerto Fantasy for Two Timpanists and Orchestra
    Patrick Schleker and Richard Jensen, timpani, the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Julian Kuerti, conductor
    Cincinnati Music Hall, Cincinnati
  • Bedrich Smetana
    String Quartet No. 1 in E Minor (From My Life)
    The Pavel Haas Quartet
    Carnegie Hall, New York City
  • Sergei Prokofiev
    Folk Dance from Romeo and Juliet
    The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Paavo Jarvi, conductor
  • Christoph Willibald Gluck
    Dance of the Blessed Spirits, from Orpheus and Eurydice
    Sergey Ostrovsky, violin, the Orchestra of the Suisse Romande, Hugh Wolff, conductor
    Victoria Hall, Geneva, Switzerland
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