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Maurice Ravel

April 16, 2013

Performance Today for Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Pianist Paul Wittgenstein lost his right arm during World War I, but he was determined to continue his career in music. Wittgenstein developed new playing techniques, arranged pieces for left hand alone and eventually began to give public concerts. Then he asked composer Maurice Ravel to write a piano concerto for left hand only. On Tuesday's Performance Today we'll go to a concert in Germany to hear it played by pianist Kirill Gerstein and the North German Radio Symphony.

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hour 1

  • Franz Schubert
    German Dance, D 783, No. 10; Landler D 790, No. 3; Moment Musical D 780, No. 3
    Gil Shaham, violin, Goran Sollscher, guitar
  • Domenico Scarlatti
    Sonata in g minor
    Ana Belen Tejedor, mandolin; Yiannis Sofos, guitar
    Studio C, GRERT Radio, Athens, Greece
  • Franz Schubert
    Quartet No. 15 in G Major, D. 887 - 3. Scherzo: Allegro vivace - Trio: Allegretto; 4. Allegro assai
    Jupiter String Quartet
    Spivey Hall, Morrow, GA
  • Maurice Ravel
    Piano Concerto in D Major for the Left Hand
    Kirill Gerstein, piano; North German Radio Symphony Orchestra; Semyon Bychkov, conductor
    Laeiszhalle, Hamburg, Germany

hour 2

  • Edward Elgar
    La Capricieuse, Op. 17
    Pinchas Zukerman, violin; Marc Neikrug, piano
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Symphony No. 28 in C Major, K. 200
    Orchestra of the Suisse Romande; Marek Janowski, conductor
    Batiment des Forces Motrices, Geneva, Switzerland
  • Johann Sebastian Bach
    Partita No. 1 in B-flat Major, BWV 825
    Simone Dinnerstein, piano
    Studio 4A, NPR; Washington, D.C.
  • Edward Elgar
    Nimrod, from 'Enigma Variations'
    Danish National Symphony Orchestra; Thomas Dausgaard, conductor
    Old Opera, Frankfurt, Germany
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