Performance Today

Grosvenor plays the unplayable


March 15, 2018

When Maurice Ravel wrote Gaspard de la Nuit, he was trying to make it the most difficult piano music ever written... perhaps even unplayable. Benjamin Grosvenor plays the unplayable, in concert, on Thursday's Performance Today.

Episode Playlist

Hour 1

Jennifer Higdon: String Poetic: Nocturne
Jennifer Koh, violin; Reiko Uchida, piano
String Poetic
Cedille 103

Paul Schoenfield: Cafe Music
Jennifer Frautschi, violin; Ani Aznavoorian, cello; Max Levinson, piano
Seattle Chamber Music Society, Nordstrom Recital Hall at Benaroya Hall, Seattle, WA

Maurice Ravel: Gaspard de la nuit
Benjamin Grosvenor, piano
Union College Concert Series, Union College - Memorial Chapel, Schenectady, NY

Jennifer Higdon: Our Beautiful Country, from Cold Mountain
Chanticleer; William Fred Scott, conductor
Spivey Hall, Clayton State University, Morrow, GA

Hour 2

Philip Glass: String Quartet No. 3, I. 1957: Award Montage
Modern Mandolin Quartet
Sono Luminus DSL-92157

Elisabeth Jacquet de la Guerre: Sonate pour le Violon et pour le Clavecin, No. 3 in F
Sonnambula; Elizabeth Weinfield, Artistic Director
Baruch Performing Arts Center, Engelman Recital Hall, New York, NY

Jacob Clemens non Papa: Ego flos campi
In Mulieribus; Anna Song, conductor
In Mulieribus, Proto-Cathedral of St James the Greater, Vancouver, WA

Philip Glass: Violin Concerto No. 2
Mikhail Simonyan, violin; Baltic Sea Philharmonic; Kristjan Jarvi, conductor
Elbphilharmonie, Hamburg, Germany