Poster Marc-André Hamelin
Marc-André Hamelin, pianist/composer
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Performance Today®

Beethoven's 'Hammerklavier'

Marc-Andre Hamelin is one of the most celebrated and respected pianists of our time. His performances are known for their brilliance, technical mastery, and deep musicality. On today's show, we'll hear Hamelin play one of the world’s most challenging piano compositions: Beethoven's Piano Sonata No. 29, the Hammerklavier.

Episode Playlist

Hour 1

Leopold Godowski: Piano Sonata: Movement 4 Allegretto
Marc-Andre Hamelin, piano
Album: Godowsky: Sonata And Passacaglia

Jacques Ibert: Deux Interludes
Carol Wincenc, flute | Guillaume Sutre, violin | Kyunghee Kim-Sutre, harp
Round Top Music Festival, Festival Concert Hall, Round Top, TX

Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 29 in B-flat Major Op. 106, "Hammerklavier" Movement 4
Marc-Andre Hamelin, piano
Tippet Rise Art Center, The Olivier Music Barn, Tippet Rise Art Center, Fishtail, MT

Samuel Coleridge-Taylor: 5 Fantasiestucke for String Quartet, Op. 5
Catalyst Quartet
Chamber Music Northwest, Mixon Hall, Cleveland Institute of Music, Cleveland, OH

Hour 2

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: String Quintet in C minor K. 406: Movement Andante
Dover Quartet
Album: Dover Quartet Plays Mozart
Cedille 167

Joachim Raff: Cavatina, from Six Morceaux No. 3, Op. 85
Sherniyaz Mussakhan, violin | Swiss Orchestra | Lena-Lisa Wustendorfer, conductor
12 Concerts from Switzerland, Andermatt Concert Hall, Andermatt, Switzerland

Camille Saint-Saens: Morceau de Concert for Horn and Piano, Op. 94
Jeffrey Fair, horn | Paige Roberts Molloy, piano
Seattle Chamber Music Society, Center for Chamber Music, Seattle, WA

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, arr. Ignaz Lachner: Piano Concerto No 17 in G Major
Orli Shaham, piano | The Parker Quartet | Luca Lombardi, bass
Chamber Music Athens Festival, Bernard Ramsey Concert Hall, University of Georgia Performing Arts Center, Athens, GA

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