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Saturday, February 24, 2018 Permalink

The Left Hand Connection

Paul Wittgenstein commissioned a series of works for orchestra and left-handed pianist from leading composers of the 20th century.

 

Paul Wittgenstein was an Austrian-born concert pianist who became famous for his ability to play with just his left hand, after losing his right arm during the First World War. He devised unusual pedal and hand-movement techniques that allowed him to perform in ways previously regarded as impossible for a one-handed artist.

But Wittgenstein’s greatest accomplishment was to commission a series of works for orchestra and left-handed pianist by Richard Strauss, Erich Wolfgang Korngold, Sergei Prokofiev, Maurice Ravel and Benjamin Britten.

In this hour, the pianist’s incredible story, and selections from some of the works written for him.

 

Playlist

4:00pm
4:00pm
Ravel: Concerto for Piano Left Hand and Orchestra No. 4: Concerto for Piano Left Hand and Orchestra No. 4: IV. Vivace BUY Boston Symphony; Seiji Ozawa, conductor Leon Fleisher
Sony SK 47188
4:02pm
Scriabin: Prelude for the Left Hand in C sharp minor BUY Evgeny Zarafiants Evgeny Zarafiants
Naxos 8.553997
4:06pm
Korngold: Piano Concerto for the Left Hand BUY Northwest German Philharmonic; Werner Albert, conductor Stephen De Groote
CPO 999150
4:17pm
Strauss: Symphonic Etude in the Form of a Passacaglia for Piano and Orchestra BUY Staatskapelle Dresden; Rudolf Kempe, conductor
Brilliant Classics 7591/2
4:26pm
Strauss: Parergon on the Sinfonia Domestica BUY Staatskapelle Dresden; Rudolf Kempe, conductor
Brilliant Classics 7591/2
4:28pm
Britten: "Diversions for Piano Left Hand and Orchestra, Op. 21: Diversions for Piano Left Hand and Orchestra, Op. 21: Variation VI. Nocturne. Andante piacevole" BUY Boston Symphony; Seiji Ozawa, conductor Leon Fleisher
Sony SK 47188
4:29pm
Saint-Saens: Six Etudes pour la main gauche seule Op 135: No. 1 Prelude: Allegretto moderato BUY Piers Lane Piers Lane
Hyperion CDA67037
4:32pm
Ravel: Piano Concerto for the Left Hand BUY "Concertgebouw Orchestra, Amsterdam"; Bruno Walter, conductor Paul Wittgenstein
Urania URN 22.341
4:42pm
Ravel: Concerto for Piano Left Hand and Orchestra No. 4: Concerto for Piano Left Hand and Orchestra No. 4: IV. Vivace BUY Boston Symphony; Seiji Ozawa, conductor Leon Fleisher
Sony SK 47188
4:45pm
Britten: "Diversions for Piano Left Hand and Orchestra, Op. 21: Diversions for Piano Left Hand and Orchestra, Op. 21: Variation III. March. Allegro con brio" BUY Boston Symphony; Seiji Ozawa, conductor Leon Fleisher
Sony SK 47188
4:45pm
Britten: "Diversions for Piano Left Hand and Orchestra, Op. 21: Diversions for Piano Left Hand and Orchestra, Op. 21: Variation II. Romance. Allegretto mosso" BUY Boston Symphony; Seiji Ozawa, conductor Leon Fleisher
Sony SK 47188
4:48pm
Britten: "Diversions for Piano Left Hand and Orchestra, Op. 21: Variation IV. Arabesque. Allegretto" BUY Boston Symphony; Seiji Ozawa, conductor Leon Fleisher
Sony SK 47188
4:50pm
Britten: "Diversions for Piano Left Hand and Orchestra, Op. 21: Diversions for Piano Left Hand and Orchestra, Op. 21: Variation V. Chant. Andante solennemente" BUY Boston Symphony; Seiji Ozawa, conductor Leon Fleisher
Sony SK 47188
4:52pm
Britten: "Diversions for Piano Left Hand and Orchestra, Op. 21: Diversions for Piano Left Hand and Orchestra, Op. 21: Variation VI. Nocturne. Andante piacevole" BUY Boston Symphony; Seiji Ozawa, conductor Leon Fleisher
Sony SK 47188
4:56pm
Britten: "Diversions for Piano Left Hand and Orchestra, Op. 21: Finale - Tarantella. Presto con fuoco" BUY Boston Symphony; Seiji Ozawa, conductor Leon Fleisher
Sony SK 47188

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