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Martha Argerich

November 13, 2012

One Lonely, One Not

The life of a concert pianist is often lonely and nomadic. Jetting from city to city, never putting down roots in one place for very long. Superstar pianist Martha Argerich combats the loneliness by staging a month-long music festival in Lugano, Switzerland, giving performances with all her closest friends and colleagues. We'll hear her in concert at the Martha Argerich Project in Lugano, playing a Beethoven concerto. And we'll hear a lament for the ultimate lonely nomad, the shepherd. Paula Robison and friends play a flute trio based on a poem called "The Shepherd's Lament."

Today's Playlist

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hour 1

  • Radames Gnattali
    Chiquinha Gonzaga
    The Assad Brothers Guitar Duo
  • Gioachino Rossini
    Overture to La Gazza Ladra (the Thieving Magpie)
    The Nashville Symphony, Leonard Slatkin, conductor
    Schermerhorn Symphony Center, Nashville
  • Carl Maria von Weber
    Trio in G Minor, Op. 63, J. 259
    Paula Robison, flute, Laurence Lesser, cello, Kai-Ching Chang, piano
    Fraser Performance Studio, Boston
  • Astor Piazzolla
    Bandoneon and Zita, from Suite Troileana
    The Assad Brothers Guitar Duo
    Savannah Music Festival, Savannah, Georgia

hour 2

  • Frederic Chopin
    Prelude No. 13 in F-sharp and No. 21 in B, Op. 28
    Martha Argerich, piano
  • John Jenkins
    Seven Times Salt
    Fraser Performance Studio, Boston
  • George Enescu
    Cantabile e Presto
    Paula Robison, flute, Vivian Hornik Weilerstein, piano
    Jordan Hall, Boston
  • Ludwig van Beethoven
    Piano Concerto No. 1 in C, Op. 15
    Martha Argerich, piano, the Swiss-Italian Orchestra, Alexandre Rabinovitch-Barakovsky, conductor
    Palazzo dei Congressi, Lugano, Switzerland
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