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Andre Watts' musical technique

Andre WattsCourtesy of the artist

December 12, 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 in concert in Houston.

Episode Playlist

Hour 1

Franz Liszt: Il Penseroso from Years of Year 2, Italy
Andre Watts, piano
Andre Watts Plays Liszt Album 1
EMI 64599

Aaron Jay Kernis: String Quartet No. 1: 2. Musica Celestis - adagio
Ariel String Quartet
Tippet Rise, The Olivier Music Barn, Fishtail, MT

Thomas Ravenscroft (arr. Ludwig Bohme): Remember, O Thou Man
Calmus Vocal Ensemble
Spivey Hall, Morrow, GA

Traditional (arr. Juan Garcia): De tierra lejana venimos
Calmus Vocal Ensemble
Spivey Hall, Morrow, GA

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

Hour 2

Igor Stravinsky: Suite No. 1
London Sinfonietta; Riccardo Chailly, conductor
Stravinsky - The Soldier's Tale Suite, Divertimento
London/Decca 417114

Paquito D'Rivera: Aires Tropicales
Festival Chamber Players; Richard Rosenberg, conductor
National Music Festival, Rock Hall Volunteer Fire Company, Rock Hall, MD

Jason Krug: Exultate
Purdue Bells; Rhonda Blacklock, conductor
Area V Handbell Musicians of America, Dayton Convention Center, Dayton, OH

Igor Stravinsky: Symphony in C
Aspen Festival Orchestra; Ludovic Morlot, conductor
Aspen Music Festival and School, Benedict Music Tent, Aspen, CO