Wunderkinder, Part I

March 16, 2015, 7:00 pm

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Blazing talents whose remarkable and sometimes-perilous lives overflowed with natural gifts at a young age, and audiences couldn’t get enough of them. Starting with compositions by Mozart and Mendelssohn, all played by today’s whiz kids. We continue withNiccolò Paganini performed by violinist Julia Fischer, and by violinistJulian Sitkovetsky with his mother, Bella Davidovich, accompanying him on the piano. Bill ends the week with a full hour devoted to Frédéric Chopin performed by some of the great prodigy-pianists of today— Maurizio Pollini, Garrick Ohlsson, and Frederic Chiu.Bill says when these musicians were children they werelike gifts from above.


Episode 1

W.A. Mozart: Fragment from “Nannerl Notenbuch” K. 9b (excerpt)
Claudio Colombo, p.
Mozart: Childhood Piano Pieces Composed at Age 5-8 – Complete Short Piano Pieces, Vol. 1
Claudio Colombo

W.A. Mozart: Symphony No. 1, I (excerpt)
Concentus Musicus Wien/Nikolaus Harnoncourt
Mozart: Early Symphonies / Harnoncourt, Concentus Musicus
DHM 63970
2:49, :24

Gregorio Allegri: Miserere mei, Deus fr. Miserere (excerpt)
The Cambridge Singers/Rutter
Missa solemnis in D Major, Op. 123: II. Gloria
Collegium 123

W.A. Mozart: Divertimento No. 1 in D, K. 136
Lausanne Chamber Orchestra/Yehudi Menhuin
Menuhin Conducts Mozart: Symphonies 35-41
Virgin 91122

W.A. Mozart: Divertimento in F, K. 138, II
Academy of St. Martin in the Fields/Neville Marriner
Mozart: Eine kleine Nachtmusik / Marriner, ASMF
Lon 417741

W.A. Mozart: Piano Sonata No. 5 in G Major, I, K. 283
Walter Gieseking, p.
Complete Solo Piano Works
EMI 63688

Juan Crisóstomo de Arriaga: Symphony in D, I (excerpt) & IV
La Capella Reial de Catalunya/Jordi Savall
Juan Crisóstomo de Arriaga : L’Oeuvre Orchestrale
Astree 8532
2:45, 7:14

W.A. Mozart: Symphony No. 41 in C Major, Jupiter, IV
NY Phil/Bruno Walter
Brahms: Symphonies N 1 A 4
Sony 64477

Episode 2

Johannes Brahms: Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 77
III. Allegro giocoso, ma non troppo vivace—Poco più presto

Berliner Philharmoniker/Rudolf Kempe; Yehudi Menuhin, v.
Yehudi Menuhin – The Great EMI Recordings
EMI 64131

Edward Elgar: Violin Concerto In B Minor, Op. 61
III. Allegro Molto
London Symphony Orchestra/Edward Elgar; Yehudi Menuhin, v.
Violin Concerto / ‘Enigma’ Variations
EMI 54564

Alfredo D’Ambrosio: Serenade (excerpt)
Georges Enesco, v.

Ben Bernie: Sweet Georgia Brown
Yehudi Menuhin & Stéphane Grappelli, vlns.
Sweet Georgia Brown
EMI 66830

Anonymous: Prabhati (Based On Raga Gunkali) (excerpt)
Ensemble; Yehudi Menuhin, v.; Ravi Shankar, sitar
Prabhati (based on Raga Gunkali)
EMI 67180

Walton: Violin Concerto In B Minor
I. Andante Tranquillo
II. Presto Capriccioso Alla Napolitana

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/André Previn; Nigel Kennedy, v.
Prabhati (based on Raga Gunkali)
EMI 67180

Irving Berlin: Cheek To Cheek (excerpt)
Yehudi Menuhin & Stéphane Grappelli, violins
Violin Concerto • Viola Concerto
EMI 49628

Episode 3

Niccolò Paganini: Caprices for Solo Violin,
Op. 1 No. 5 in A Minor No. 9 in E Major, La Chasse

Julia Fischer, v.
Paganini: 24 Caprices
EMI Classics 67237
2:46, 3:11

Niccolò Paganini: Le Streghe (The Witches), Op. 8
Julian Sitkovetsky, v.; Bella Davidovich, p.
The Art Of Yulian Sitkovetsky Vol Iv
Artek 0030

Felix Mendelssohn: Octet in E-Flat Major, Op. 20, I & III
Jaime Laredo, Alexander Schneider, Arnold Steinhardt & John Dalley, violins;
Michael Tree & Samuel Rhodes, violas; Leslie Parnas, David Soyer cellos
Marlboro Fest 40th Anniversary – Mendelssohn: Symphony No 4
Sony 46251

Mendelssohn: Overture to A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Op. 21
CSO/James Levine
120 Years of Deutsche Grammophon – The Anniversary Edition 1
DG 415137

Episode 4

Pablo Sarasate: Zapateado, Op. 23, No. 2
Jascha Heifetz, v.; André Benoist, p.
Jascha Heifetz – The Complete Album Collection
RCA 61732

Felix Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64 Finale: Allegro molto vivace
Jascha Heifetz, v.; Samuel Chotzinoff, p.
Jascha Heifetz – The Complete Album Collection
RCA 61732

Johannes Brahms: Piano Trio No. 1 in B Major, Op. 8 Allegro
Artur Rubinstein, p.; Jascha Heifetz, v.; Emanuel Feuermann, vc.
The Heifetz Collection Vol 32
RCA 61763

Sergei Prokofiev: Violin Concerto No. 2, Op. 63 in G Minor Allegro ben marcato
BSO/Serge Koussevitzky; Jascha Heifetz, v.
Concierto Para Quinteto
RCA 61735

Grigoraş Dinicu: Hora Staccato
Jascha Heifetz, v.
The Heifetz Collection Volume 3: 1934-1937
RCA 61734
1:53 excerpt

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Pas d’action fr. Swan Lake Act II
Orchestra; Oscar Shumsky, v.

Ludwig van Beethoven: Concerto for Violin, Op. 61 (excerpts)
Curtis Symphony Orchestra/Fritz Reiner; Oscar Shumsky, v.
8:15, 4:20

W. A. Mozart: Duo for Violin and Viola, K. 424 (excerpt) Theme and Var., Andante grazioso
Oscar Shumsky, v.; Eric Shumsky, vla.

Episode 5

Frédéric Chopin: Étude No. 8 in F, Op. 10 (excerpts)
Maurizio Pollini, p.
Chopin: Etudes, Préludes, Polonaises
DG 413794
:51, 1:17

Chopin: Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 2, II
Polish Radio National Symphony Orchestra/Paolo Bordoni; Garrick Ohlsson, p.
Piano Concertos 1 & 2 = Klavierkonzerte 1 & 2 = Concertos Pour Piano 1 & 2
EMI 62512

Chopin: Mazurka No. 47 in A Minor, Op. 68 No. 2
Artur Rubinsten, p.
The Five Beethoven Piano Concertos
RCA 5614

Chopin: Mazurka in C Major, Op. 7 No. 5 Mazurka in E Minor, Op. 41 No 2
Ivan Moravec, p
Fryderyk Chopin: Scherzi, Etudes, Mazurkas
Dorian 90140

Chopin: Mazurka No. 44 in C Major, Op. 67 No. 3 Mazurka No. 13 in A Minor, Op. 17 No. 4
William Kapell, p.
RCA 68990

Chopin: Waltz No. 13 in D-flat, Op. 70
No. 3 Waltz No. 3 in a minor, Op. 34
No. 2, Grand Valse Brillante Waltz No. 14 in E Minor

Dinu Lipatti, p.
Dinu Lipatti Plays The Chopin Waltzes
Columbia Odyssey 0058

Chopin: Sonata No. 3 for Piano in B Minor, II
Rudolf Firkusny, p.
Firkusny Edition
EMI 66066

Chopin: Ballade #2 In F, Op. 38
Krystian Zimerman, p.
Chopin Compat Edition – Concerto No 1, Scherzo, Ballade No 2
DG 423090

Chopin: Étude No. 2 in A Minor, Op. 10 No. 2
Frederic Chiu, p.
Chopin: Twelve Études Op 10, Four Rondos
HM 907201

Chopin: Étude in F Minor, Op. 25 No. 2
Rudolph Serkin, p.
Rudolf Serkin: His earliest recordings
Archiphon 105

Chopin: Étude No. 7 in E, Op. 10 No. 7 Étude No. 5 in G-flat, Op. 10 No. 5, Black Keys
Maurizio Pollini, p.
Chopin: Etudes, Préludes, Polonaises
DG 413794