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Andre Watts Finds Peace of Mind

Andre WattsDenison University

November 12, 2009

Pianist Andre Watts talks about how he "felt like an idiot" at the beginning of his career, jetting to concerts around the world as a teenager. And how legendary pianist and teacher Leon Fleisher helped him overcome his self-doubts. We'll hear Andre Watts in concert with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and conductor Rafael Fruhbeck de Burgos, playing the Piano Concerto No. 2 by Camille Saint Saens.

Episode Playlist

Hour 1

Christoph Willibald Gluck: Two Pantomimes from "Orpheus and Euridice"
The San Francisco Opera Orchestra with conductor Donald Runnicles

Ernst von Dohnanyi: Concert Etude No. 6 in F Minor, Op. 28
Pianist Roberto Plano
Wellspring Theater, Kalamazoo, Michigan

Viktor Uzur: "Carpathian Kolo"
The Richter Uzur Duo
Appalachian State University Recital Hall, Boone, North Carolina

Josip Stolcer Slavenski: "A Mocking Song"
The Sebastian String Quartet
Vatroslav Lisinski Hall, Zagreb, Croatia

Tomas Luis de Victoria: "Vadam et Circuibo"
Stile Antico
Boston Early Music Festival, Boston

Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 1 in C, Op. 21
The BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra with conductor Donald Runnicles
City Halls, Glasgow, Scotland

Hour 2

Edward MacDowell: Second movement from Piano Concerto No. 2, Op. 23
Pianist Andre Watts with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and conductor Andrew Litton

Johann Sebastian Bach: Sarabande from Partita in A Minor, BWV 1013
Flutist Tom Ottar Andreassen
Oslo Concert Hall, Oslo, Norway

Frederic Chopin: Nocturne in C-sharp Minor
Fortepianist Kristian Bezuidenhout
International Chopin Festival, Warsaw, Poland

George Frideric Handel: Passacaglia
Harpist Ion Ivan Roncea
Romanian Atheneum, Bucharest, Romania

"New Classical Tracks with Julie Amacher": New Classical Tracks with Julie Amacher

Quincy Porter: Fourth movement from Concerto for Viola and Orchestra
Violist Eliesha Nelson with the Northwest Sinfonia and conductor John McLaughlin Williams

Camille Saint-Saens: Piano Concerto No. 2
Pianist Andre Watts with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and conductor Rafael Fruhbeck de Burgos
Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles