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Vanessa Perez

June 4, 2012

Vanessa Perez

Loving parents usually try to steer their children away from making the same mistakes they did. Thankfully, children don't always listen. Vanessa Perez's mother was a pianist who suffered from terrible stage fright, who thought that the life of a musician was just too hard. So when Vanessa asked for piano lessons, her mother said no. Eventually, she gave in, and Vanessa is now enjoying the life of a concert artist that had eluded her mother. We'll meet Vanessa Perez in today's show.

Today's Playlist

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hour 1

  • William Walton
    Princes in the Tower, from Richard III and Touch Her Soft Lips and Part, from Henry V
    The Salastina Music Society
    Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles
  • George Butterworth
    The Banks of Green Willow
    The Halle Orchestra, Mark Elder, conductor
  • Ferruccio Busoni
    Elegy No. 4 (Greensleeves)
    Marc-Andre Hamelin, piano
    Spring for Music, New York City
  • William Walton
    Violin Concerto
    Alexander Barantschik, violin, the San Francisco Symphony, Charles Dutoit, conductor
    Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco

hour 2

  • Anatol Liadov
    Baba Yaga, Op. 56
    The Houston Symphony Orchestra, Hans Graf, conductor
    Spring For Music, New York City
  • Frederic Chopin
    Four Preludes, Op. 28
    Vanessa Perez, piano
    NPR Studio 4A, Washington, D.C.
  • Heitor Villa-Lobos
    Excerpts from Prole do Bebe No. 1 (The Family of Baby Dolls)
    Vanessa Perez, piano
    NPR Studio 4A, Washington, D.C.
  • Isaac Albeniz
    Granada, from Suite Espagnole
    Vanessa Perez, piano
    NPR Studio 4A, Washington, D.C.
  • Perfchat with Vanessa Perez
  • George Frideric Handel
    Aria, Laschia ch'io Pianga (Let me Weep)
    Albrecht Mayer, oboe, the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra
    Carnegie Hall, New York City
  • Johann Sebastian Bach
    Gigue from Solo Violin Partita No. 3 in E, BWV 1006
    Hilary Hahn, violin
    Salle Pleyel, Paris, France
  • Frederic Chopin
    Preludes No. 9 in E and No. 13 in F-sharp, Op. 28
    Vanessa Perez, piano
  • Leonard Bernstein
    Mambo from West Side Story
    The Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, William Eddins, conductor
    Spring For Music, New York City
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