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Helene Grimaud

November 11, 2013

Brahms' monumental piano concertos

Johannes Brahms composed two monumental piano concertos twenty three years apart. Starting on Monday's Performance Today, pianist Helene Grimaud leads a four-day exploration of both works, beginning with the youthful energy in the first concerto in D minor.

Today's Playlist

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hour 1

  • George Butterworth
    Two English Idylls No. 2
    Halle Orchestra; Mark Elder, conductor
    English Rhapsody
    Halle 7503
  • Giovanni Bottesini
    Grand duo concertante
    Erin Keefe, violin, DaXun Zhang, double bass, Escher String Quartet
    St. Mark's Episcopal Church, Palo Alto, CA
  • Harry De Costa and The Original Dixieland Band
    Tuba Tiger Rag
    Canadian Brass, featuring Chuck Daellenbach, tuba
    Hugh Hodgson Concert Hall, University of Georgia, Athens, GA
  • Johann Sebastian Bach
    Concerto in D minor for Oboe, Violin, and Strings, BWV 1060
    New York Philharmonic; Sheryl Staples, violin; Liang Wang, oboe; Jeffrey Kahane, harpsichord and conductor
    Avery Fischer Hall at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, New York City, NY
  • Francis Scott Key (arr. Richard Rosenberg)
    Defense of Fort McHenry, or The Star-Spangled Banner Suite
    Festival Symphony Orchestra, Chester River Chorale; Douglas D. Cox, director
    National Music Festival, Decker Theatre, Washington College, Chestertown, MD

hour 2

  • Robert Schumann
    Fantasy Pieces for Clarinet and Piano Op. 73, 3. Rasch und mit Feuer
    Todd Levy, clarinet; Elena Abend, piano
    Brahms and Schumann
    Avie 2098
  • Johannes Brahms
    Piano Concerto No. 1 in D Minor, Op. 15, 1. Maestoso - Poco piu moderato
    Helene Grimaud, piano, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra; Andris Nelsons, conductor
    Herkulessaal, Munich, Germany
  • Johann Gottlieb Janitsch
    Sonata da Camera in C
    Tempesta di Mare Chamber Players: Gwyn Roberts, flute; Emlyn Ngai, violin; Karina Fox, violin; Adam Pearl, harpsichord
    Old St. Joseph's Church, Philadelphia, PA
  • Bela Bartok
    Romanian Folk Dances: II. Sash Dance (from Egres), V. Romanian Polka (from Belenyes), VI. Fast Dance (from Belenyes), VII. Fast Dance (from Nyagra)
    Hakan Rosengren, clarinet; Kevin Kumar, violin; Maia Jasper, violin Robert Brophy, viola; Timpthy Landauer, cello; David Parmeter, bass
    Balch Auditorium, Scripps College, Claremont, CA
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