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Caroline Shaw: Watermark

Image of Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 3 (original score)IMSLP via Wikimedia Commons

January 04, 2022

In printing and publishing, a watermark is a faint design pressed into a piece of paper used to identify the time and place it was created. Composer Caroline Shaw had a poetic version of that idea and composed a piece that references a Beethoven piano concerto. On today's show, hear Jonathan Biss and the Saint Paul Chamber orchestra play Watermark by Caroline Shaw.

Episode Playlist

Hour 1

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Piano Sonata No.16 in C K545: I. Allegro
Christian Zacharias, piano
Album: 50 Best Piano
EMI Records

Caroline Shaw: Watermark
Jonathan Biss, piano | Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra | Mischa Santora, conductor
SPCO, Ordway Concert Hall, Saint Paul, MN

Aaron Copland: Our Town
Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra | Leonard Slatkin, conductor
Album: Copland: Music for Films
RCA 61699

Joseph Haydn: Piano Sonata in G minor, Hob. XVI:44
Christian  Zacharias, piano
Spivey Hall, Clayton State University, Morrow, GA

Hour 2

Alexander Scriabin: Two Etudes: C-sharp minor, F-sharp minor
Garrick Ohlsson, piano
Album: Alexander Scriabin - The Complete Etudes
Bridge 9287

Edgar Oliviero: Sarahnade Mambo
Sarah Willis, horn | Orquesta del Lyceum de La Habana | Jose Mendez Padron, conductor
Konzerthaus, Berlin, Germany

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Overture to The Abduction from the Seraglio, K. 384
Orquesta del Lyceum de La Habana | Jose Mendez Padron, conductor
Konzerthaus, Berlin, Germany

Stewart Goodyear: Piano Quartet
Jun Iwasaki, violin | Cynthia Phelps, viola | Mark Kosower, cello | Stewart Goodyear, piano
Seattle Chamber Music Society, The Center for Chamber Music, Seattle, WA

Johannes Brahms: Rhapsodies, Op. 79
Garrick Ohlsson, piano
92nd Street Y, Kaufmann Concert Hall, New York, NY