Poster Leif Ove Andsnes
Pianist Leif Ove Andsnes
Helge Hansen
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Dvorak's Poetic Tone Pictures

Performance Today - May 20, 2024

In 1880, Antonín Dvořák composed a series of short piano pieces that aren’t performed as frequently as many of his other works. Pianist Leif Ove Andsnes admires the beauty of the music; he’s surprised by its infrequent performance. We’ll hear Leif Ove Andsnes play several highlights from Antonín Dvořák's Poetic Tone Pictures on today's show.

Episode Playlist

Hour 1

Rebecca Clarke: Cortege
Ian Jones, piano
Album: Rebecca Clarke: Chamber Music
Dutton 7105

Peter Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 1 in G minor, Op. 13: Movement 2
National Symphony Orchestra, Ireland | Lio Kuokman, conductor
National Concert Hall, Dublin, Ireland

Rebecca Clarke: Dumka
Amy Schwartz Moretti, violin | Ettore Causa, viola | Kyung-A Yoo, piano
The Fabian Concert Series, Fickling Hall, Mercer University, Macon, GA

Antonin Dvorak: Poetic Tone Pictures, Op. 85 (excerpts)
Leif Ove Andsnes, piano
Spivey Hall, Clayton State University, Morrow, GA

Hour 2

Walter Piston: Symphony No. 4: IV. Energico
American Symphony Orchestra | Leon Botstein, conductor
Album: Piston: Symphony No. 4 - EP
American Symphony Orchestra

William Dawson: Negro Folk Symphony Movement 2: Hope in the Night
The Orchestra Now | Leon Botstein, conductor
Bard College - The Orchestra Now, The Fisher Center for the Performing Arts, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY

Zara Levina: Violin Sonata No. 2
Duo Avila
Humboldt Theater, San Jose, Costa Rica

Aldo Lopez-Gavilan: Oddudua
Aldo Lopez-Gavilan, piano
Grand Piano Series, St. Leo Auditorium, Bonita Springs, FL

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