Performance Today

Playing the unplayable


Performance Today - December 30, 2021


December 30, 2021

When Maurice Ravel wrote Gaspard de la Nuit, he tried to make it the most difficult piano music ever written... perhaps even unplayable. On today's show, Benjamin Grosvenor plays the unplayable in a concert presented by Capital Region Classical in Schenectady, NY.

Episode Playlist

Hour 1

Mel Bonis: Suite in the Ancient Style: Choral
Tatjana Ruhland, flute; Florian Wiek, piano; Gesa Jenne-Donneweg, violin; Ingrid Philippi, viola
Album: Mel Bonis: Chamber Music with Flute
SWR 93204

Andrea Clearfield: Rhapsodie for Flute, Harp, and String Trio
Mimi Stillman, flute; Bridget Kibbey, harp; Amy Oshiro-Morales, violin; Kerri Ryan, viola; Gabriel Cabezas, cello
Dolce Suono Ensemble, Trinity Center for Urban Life, Philadelphia, PA

Johann Sebastian Bach: Violin Concerto in E major BWV 1042
Hilary Hahn, violin; Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra; Gemma New, conductor
Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Royce Hall, Westwood, CA

Mel Bonis: Suite Orientale
Sylvan Trio
First Congregational Church of Webster Groves, First Congregational Church, Webster Groves, MO

Hour 2

Peter Tchaikovsky: Russian Dance
Trio Voronezh: Sergei Teleshev, bajan; Vladimir Volochin, domra; Valerie Petruchin, double-bass balalaika
Album: Trio Voronezh
EMI 56892

Maurice Ravel: Gaspard de la nuit
Benjamin Grosvenor, piano
Capital Region Classical, Union College - Memorial Chapel, Schenectady, NY

Peter Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 3: Movement 4-5
The Orchestra Now; Leon Botstein, conductor
Bard College, Bard's Fisher Center for The Performing Arts, Annandale On-Hudson, NY

Astor Piazzolla: Libertango
Ebene Quartet
Spivey Hall, Clayton State University, Morrow, GA