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Andre Watts' musical technique

Andre WattsCourtesy of the artist

June 27, 2016

What's the point of musical technique? According to pianist Andre Watts, technique allows you to create at will what you hear in your inner ear. On Monday's Performance Today, we'll hear what's going on in Watts' inner ear when he plays Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 2.

Episode Playlist

Hour 1

Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco: Capriccio Diabolico
Chaconne Klaverenga, guitar
Cleveland Institute of Music, Mixon Hall, Cleveland, OH

Carl Nielsen: Violin Sonata No. 1 in A, Op. 9
Ragnhild Hemsing, violin; Tor Espen Aspaas, piano
Schwetzingen Festival, Jagdsaal, Schwetzingen, Germany

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Ballet Music from Idomeneo, K. 367
Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra; Matthew Halls, conductor
Royce Hall, Los Angeles, CA

Hour 2

Robert Schumann: Funf Stuck im Volkston, Op. 102: Movements 1-3
Martin Frost, clarinet; Julien Quentin, piano
Verbier Festival, Verbier Church, Verbier, Switzerland

Sergei Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No.2: Movements 2-3
Andre Watts, piano; Houston Symphony; Andres Orozco-Estrada, conductor
Jones Hall, Houston, TX

William Walton: Crown Imperial
Mary Preston, organ; Dallas Winds; Jerry Junkin, conductor
Meyerson Symphony Center, Dallas, TX