Poster Pianist Gilles Vonsattel
Pianist Gilles Vonsattel
Photo: Marco Borggreve
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Gilles Vonsattel

A friend of pianist Gilles Vonsattel convinced him to take a chance and learn a relatively unknown but very demanding piece by Austrian composer Ludwig Thuille. It was a challenge, but in the end, he was glad he went with his friend's judgment. On today's show, we'll hear Gilles Vonsattel and the St. Lawrence String Quartet play Thuille's Piano Quintet No. 2 at a concert in Charleston, South Carolina.

Episode Playlist

Hour 1

Max Reger: Four Tone-Poems after Arnold Bocklin, Op. 128: Movement 4
Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra | JoAnn Falletta, conductor
Album: Max Reger: Pictures at a Gallery
Beau Fleuve 4562

Georg Philipp Telemann: Concerto in F, TWV 54:F1: Movement 1
Tempesta di Mare, Philadelphia Baroque Orchestra
Gwyn Roberts & Richard Stone, directors | Emlyn Ngai, concertmaster
Tempesta di Mare Philadelphia Concert Series, Philadelphia Episcopal Cathedral, Philadelphia, PA

Ludwig Thuille: Piano Quintet No. 2, Op. 20: Movement 1
Gilles Vonsattel, piano | St Lawrence String Quartet
Spoleto Festival USA, Dock Street Theater, Charleston, SC

Erich Korngold: Concerto for Violin and Orchestra
James Ehnes, violin | Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra | JoAnn Falletta, conductor
Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Kleinhans Music Hall, Buffalo, NY

Hour 2

Ludwig van Beethoven: Sonata No. 6 in F major Movement 2 Allegretto
Paul Lewis, piano
Album: Beethoven #4 Paul Lewis
Harmonia Mundi 901909

Louise Talma: Seven Episodes for Flute, Viola, and Piano
Mimi Stillman, flute | Miranda Cuckson, viola | Charles Abramovic, piano
Dolce Suono Ensemble / DSE Presents "Rediscoveries: Festival of American Music," Trinity Center for Urban Life, Philadelphia, PA

Sheridan Seyfried: Concerto for Two Violins and Orchestra
Nikki and Timothy Chooi, violins | Lake George Music Festival Symphony Orchestra | Roger Kalia, music director & conductor
Lake George Music Festival, Lake George High School, Lake George, NY

Ludwig van Beethoven: The Consecration of the House Overture
The Orchestra Now | Leon Botstein, conductor
Bard College, The Fisher Center for the Performing Arts, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY

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