February 17, 2009
Arnold Schoenberg loved Brahms' first piano quartet, but hated how it was usually played. The pianist was always too loud, covering up the strings. He fixed the problem by rewriting the whole piece for symphony orchestra, and ditching the pesky piano altogether. We'll hear Schoenberg's arrangement today, played by Amsterdam's Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. Ivan Fischer conducts.
Tango from Three Tangos for Bandoneon and Orchestra
Astor Piazzolla, bandoneon, with the Orchestra of St. Luke's and conductor Lalo Schifrin
Barcarolle in G Minor, Op. 10, No. 3
Pianist Bernd Glemser
Hobart Town Hall, Hobart, Australia
Green Music Festival, Rohnert Park, California
"The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires"
Violinist and music director Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg with the New Century Chamber Orchestra
First United Methodist Church, Palo Alto, California
"Cantus in Memory of Benjamin Britten"
The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra with conductor Paavo Jarvi
Cincinnati Music Hall, Cincinnati
Adagio from Suite for String Orchestra in G
The German Symphony Orchestra of Berlin with conductor John Mauceri
Johann Sebastian Bach
Contrapunctus VI from "The Art of the Fugue" BWV 1080
The Orion String Quartet and Windscape
The New York Society for Ethical Culture, New York City
Piano Quartet No. 1 in G Minor
The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra with conductor Ivan Fischer
Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, the Netherlands