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As if waking from a dream

Performance Today - July 1, 2024

Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 24 is a bit different from his other concertos. It doesn't try to please us right away; it begins with a feeling of uncertainty and tension. The tension is resolved when the piano comes in two minutes later, and the music becomes very pleasing. Pianist Joyce Yang says the moment feels like waking suddenly from a dream. On today's show, we'll hear Joyce Yang play the concerto with the Aspen Chamber Symphony, led by conductor Jane Glover.

Episode Playlist

Hour 1

Frederic Chopin: Etude Op. 25 No.10 "Octaves"
Yunchan Lim, piano
Album: Chopin: Etudes
London/Decca 4870122

Rebecca Clarke: Prelude, Allegro, and Pastorale for Clarinet and Viola
Todd Palmer, clarinet | Ayane Kozasa, viola
Spoleto Festival USA Chamber Music Series, Dock Street Theatre, Charleston, SC

Karol Szymanowski: String Quartet, Op. 37/1
Apollon Musagete Quartet
EBU, Radio Clasica Radiotelevision Espanola, Fundacion Juan March, Madrid, Spain

Franz Liszt: Transcendental Etudes No. 9 in A-flat Major: Ricordanza
Yunchan Lim, piano
Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, Bass Performance Hall, Fort Worth, TX

Hour 2

Johannes Brahms: Intermezzo in B minor, No. 1, Op. 119, No. 1
Joyce Yang, piano
Album: The Frederic Chopin Society (Live)
MPR 091108

Geronimo Gimenez: Intermedio de La Boda de Luis Alonso
Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra | Jaime Martin, conductor
Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles, CA

Camille Saint-Saens: Romance for Flute and Piano, Op. 37
Mimi Stillman, flute | Charles Abramovic, piano
Dolce Suono Ensemble, Trinity Center for Urban Life, Philadelphia, PA

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 24 in C minor, K. 491
Joyce Yang, piano | Aspen Chamber Symphony | Jane Glover, conductor
Aspen Music Festival and School, Klein Music Tent, Aspen, CO

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