Poster Christian Zacharias
Pianist and conductor Christian Zacharias
Andrea Felvégi
Performance Today®

Christian Zacharias

Christian Zacharias began his stellar career as a solo pianist. He then became a conductor, leading orchestras around the world. But Zacharias also wants to do the occasional tour as a solo pianist again. On today's show, we'll hear how Christian Zacharias balances his life as a conductor and soloist, and we'll hear him play Haydn's Piano Sonata No. 62 at a concert at Spivey Hall in Morrow, Georgia.

Episode Playlist

Hour 1

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

Julia Perry: Symphony in One Movement
Experiential Orchestra | James Blachly, conductor
Renewal: An Evening with Louise Toppin, DiMenna Center, New York City, NY

Andy Scott: Sonata for Alto Saxophone
Timothy McAllister, saxophone | Liz Ames, piano
Interlochen Presents, Dendrinos Chapel and Recital Hall, Interlochen, MI

Joseph Haydn: Piano Sonata No. 62 in E-flat major, Hob. XVI:52
Christian Zacharias, piano
Spivey Hall, Clayton State University, Morrow, GA

Hour 2

Gustav Mahler: Songs of a Wayfarer: I Went This Morning Over the Field
Demondrae Thurman, euphonium | Martha Fischer, piano
Album: Songs of a Wayfarer
Summit Records DCD 556

Arturo Marquez: Danzon No. 2
Aspen Chamber Symphony | Johannes Zahn, conductor
Aspen Music Festival and School, Benedict Music Tent, Aspen, CO

Henri Casadesus, attributed to Joseph Bologne Chevalier de Saint-Georges: Les Caquets: Rondo en Staccato
Samuel Nebyu, violin | Charles Abramovic, piano
Lucerne Festival, St Luke's Church, Lucerne, Switzerland

Gustav Mahler: Symphony No. 5: Movements 4-5
Lakes Area Music Festival Orchestra | Christian Reif, conductor
Lakes Area Music Festival, Gichi-ziibi Center for the Arts, Brainerd, MN

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