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Imogen Cooper

October 1, 2012

Darkness and Light

British pianist Imogen Cooper is known for the beauty and emotional depth of her playing. She's especially admired for her interpretations of Schubert, Beethoven, and Mozart. In today's show, she plays Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 23, in concert in Newcastle, England. Bright and sunny outer movements shelter a wonderfully dark, tragic slow movement at its core. Cooper gives both darkness and light their due, in a performance with Thomas Zehetmair and the Northern Sinfonia.

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  • Ambroise Thomas
    Connais-tu le Pays, from Mignon
    Sol Gabetta, cello, the Prague Philharmonic Orchestra, Charles Olivieri-Munroe, conductor
  • Gaspar Fernandes
    Tururu Farara con Son
    The Rose Ensemble, Piffaro, Jordan Sramek, director
    Nativity Church, St. Paul
  • Carlos Chavez
    Piece No. 3, from Three Pieces for Guitar.
    Eduardo Fernandez, guitar
    Spivey Hall, Morrow, Georgia
  • Johann Sebastian Bach
    Allemande and Corrente from Flute Partita in A Minor, BWV 1013
    Bolette Roed, recorder
    Witold Lutoslawski Concert Studio, Warsaw, Poland
  • Samuel Barber
    Cello Concerto, Op. 22
    Sol Gabetta, cello, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Juraj Valcuha, conductor
    The Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
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