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Joanne Polk: Louise Farrenc champion

Pianist Joanne PolkJeffrey Langford

May 07, 2020

French composer Louise Farrenc had a formidable career in Paris in the 1800s, as a pianist, composer, and teacher. On today's show, we'll explore the life and work of Louise Farrenc. Fred Child speaks with pianist Joanne Polk about her love for Farrenc's music. Also on today's show, Pablo Sainz Villegas plays a guitar concerto with the Oregon Symphony.

Episode Playlist

Hour 1

Louise Farrenc: Symphony No. 1 Movement 3 Minuetto: Moderato
Luxembourg European Soloists; Christoph Konig, conductor
Farrenc: Symphony No. 1 - Overtures - Grand Variations
Naxos 574094

Louise Farrenc: Overture No. 2
Luxembourg European Soloists; Christoph Konig, conductor
Farrenc: Symphony No. 1 - Overtures - Grand Variations
Naxos 574094

Louise Farrenc: Etudes & Variations for Solo Piano: Etudes, Op. 26 Book 1 No. 15 Andante affettuoso
Joanne Polk, piano
Steinway & Sons
30133

Louise Farrenc: Nonet for Strings and Winds in E flat Major, Op. 38: Movements 2 & 3
P Bernold, flute; F Leleux, oboe; R Guyot, clarinet; A Cazalet, French horn; G Audin, bassoon; G Sutre, violin; M Da Silva, viola; F Salque, cello; V Pasquier, double bass
Farrenc: Musique de chambre
Naive 5033

Louise Farrenc: Selections from Etudes, Op. 26 Books 1 & 2
Joanne Polk, piano
Louise Farrenc: Etudes & Variations for Solo Piano
Steinway & Sons 30133

Hour 2

Manuel de Falla, arr. Kochanski, Torrent: Canciones Populares: Movements 3-4
Augustin Hadelich, violin; Pablo Sainz Villegas, guitar
Histoire du tango
Avie 2280

Dylan Bennett: Holhchifo Ki'yo
Spokane String Quartet
Spokane Chamber Music Association, Bing Crosby Theater, Spokane, WA

Stephen Goss: The Albeniz Concerto
Pablo Sainz Villegas, guitar; Oregon Symphony; Carlos Kalmar, conductor
Oregon Symphony, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, Portland, OR

Frederic Chopin: Introduction and Rondo in E-flat Major, Op. 16
Sara Davis Buechner, piano
The Freda & Aaron Silberman Recital Series performed at Baruch Performing Arts Center at Baruch College, Engelman Recital Hall, New York, NY