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Avi Avital

March 10, 2014

Avi Avital

When he was five years old, Avi Avital's mother asked him which musical instrument he would like to play. The Avital family had an upstairs neighbor who practiced the mandolin; Avi didn't hesitate for a moment in choosing the same instrument. 30 years later, he's on top of the classical mandolin world. We'll hear Avi Avital in concert on Monday's Performance Today.

Today's Playlist

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hour 1

  • Astor Piazzolla
    Three Tangos for Bandoneon and Orchestra: 3. Allegro molto marcato
    Astor Piazzolla, bandoneon; Orchestra of St. Luke's; Lalo Schifrin, conductor
    Astor Piazzolla: Concierto para Bandoneon / Tres Tangos
    Nonesuch 79174
  • Maurice Ravel
    La Valse
    Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra; Marc Albrecht, conductor
    Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Antonio Vivaldi
    Concerto for 2 Violins in a minor, Op. 3, No. 8, RV 522
    Bella Hristova, violin; Avi Avital, mandolin; Kristin Lee, violin; Yura Lee, violin; Mark Holloway, viola; Jakob Koranyi, cello; Kurt Muroki, double bass; Kenneth Weiss, harpsichord
    Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Alice Tully Hall, Starr Theater, Lincoln Center, New York, NY
  • Maximo Diego Pujol
    Double Concerto: Luminosa Buenos Aires for Guitar, Bandoneon and Strings
    Giampaolo Bandini, guitar; Cesare Chiacchiaretta, bandoneon; Round Top Philharmonia; Marcelo Bussiki, conductor
    Round Top International Guitar Festival , Festival Concert Hall, Round Top, TX

hour 2

  • Samuel Barber
    Canzone for flute and piano, Op. 38a
    Jeane Baxtresser, flute; Israela Margalit, piano
    EMI 86561
  • Yuko Uebayashi
    Misericordia pour flute et quatuor a cordes
    Carol Wincenc, flute; Escher String Quartet: Adam Barnett-Hart, violin; Aaron Boyd, violin; Pierre Lapointe, viola; Dane Johansen, cello
    Daniel Saidenberg Faculty Recital Series, Peter Jay Sharp Theater, New York, NY
  • Heitor Villa-Lobos
    Selections from Prole do bebe No. 1
    Vanessa Perez, piano
  • Samuel Barber
    First Essay for Orchestra, Op. 12
    New York Philharmonic; Alan Gilbert, conductor
    Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, New York, NY
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