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Andre Watts on musical technique

Andre WattsSteve J. Sherman

August 24, 2017

Musical technique is a means by which personal interpretations can be heard. According to pianist Andre Watts, technique allows you to create at will what you hear in your inner ear. On Thursday's Performance Today, we'll hear what's going on in Watts's inner ear when he plays Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 2 in concert in Houston.

Episode Playlist

Hour 1

Maurice Ravel: Miroirs: Movement 1
Jean-Yves Thibaudet, piano
Beautiful Starry Night - Jean-Yves Thibaudet Plays Ravel
London/Decca 448618

Alberto Ginastera: Impressiones de la puna (1934)
Leonard Garrison, flute; Megan Murphy Kenny and Carrie Krause, violins; Bernard McWilliams, viola; Miranda Wilson, cello
Red Lodge Music Festival, Red Lodge Civic Center, Red Lodge, MT

Maurice Ravel: Piano Trio in A Minor
Bruno Canino, piano; Robyn Bollinger, violin; Jonah Ellsworth, cello
Marlboro Music, Persons Auditorium, Marlboro College, Marlboro, VT

Johannes Brahms: Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 11: Movements 3 & 4
Gateways Music Festival Orchestra; Michael Morgan, conductor
Gateways Music Festival, Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre, Rochester, NY

Hour 2

Gustav Mahler: Symphony No. 3: Movement 1
London Symphony Orchestra; Michael Tilson Thomas, conductor
Mahler Symphony No. 3
Sony 44553

Gustav Mahler: Piano Quartet in A Minor
Gilles Vonsattel, piano; Benjamin Beilman, violin; Daniel Phillips, viola; Joshua Roman, cello
Spoleto Festival USA, Dock Street Theater, Charleston, SC

Jacques Ibert: Five Pieces for Oboe, Clarinet, and Bassoon
Nicholas Stovall, oboe; Daniel Gilbert, clarinet; George Sakakeeny, bassoon
Round Top Festival Institute, Edith Bates Old Chapel, Round Top, TX

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