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Program Notes: Tristan Teo

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Robert Schumann   Widmung (arr. Franz Liszt) The year 1840 was Robert Schumann’s Liederjahr, his ‘year of song’. After 10 years of writing almost exclusively for the piano, Schumann in 1840 burst into song, composing well over a hundred Lieder. … Continue reading

Program Notes: Jaeden Izik-Dzurko

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Alexander Scriabin Valse  Op. 38 It is easy to see why Alexander Scriabin was known as “the Russian Chopin.”  Like his Polish musical forebear he wrote almost exclusively for the piano and began his career by composing mazurkas, waltzes, nocturnes, … Continue reading

Program Notes: Benjamin Grosvenor

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Jean-Philippe Rameau Gavotte and Variations in A minor The modern pianist seeking to play the Baroque harpsichord repertoire faces many obstacles, starting with the friendly fire of his own trusty Steinway itself, so different in sound from the perky little … Continue reading

Program Notes: Schumann Quartet

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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Quartet in D major  K. 499 “Hoffmeister” Mozart’s most accomplished string quartets are generally considered to be the ten he wrote after moving to Vienna in 1781, beginning with the set of six dedicated to Haydn, published … Continue reading

Program Notes: Yuja Wang

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Baldassare Galuppi Andante from the Sonata in C major The Venetian musician Baldassare Galuppi was one of the most successful composers of the 18th century. While his prodigious output of vocal music, comprising more than 100 operas, did not survive … Continue reading