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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

4:00 p.m.
4:00 p.m.
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
4:02 p.m.
Scriabin: Prelude for the Left Hand in C sharp minor BUY Evgeny Zarafiants Evgeny Zarafiants
Naxos 8.553997
4:06 p.m.
Korngold: Piano Concerto for the Left Hand BUY Northwest German Philharmonic; Werner Albert, conductor Stephen De Groote
CPO 999150
4:17 p.m.
Strauss: Symphonic Etude in the Form of a Passacaglia for Piano and Orchestra BUY Staatskapelle Dresden; Rudolf Kempe, conductor
Brilliant Classics 7591/2
4:26 p.m.
Strauss: Parergon on the Sinfonia Domestica BUY Staatskapelle Dresden; Rudolf Kempe, conductor
Brilliant Classics 7591/2
4:28 p.m.
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
4:29 p.m.
Saint-Saens: Six Etudes pour la main gauche seule Op 135: No. 1 Prelude: Allegretto moderato BUY Piers Lane Piers Lane
Hyperion CDA67037
4:32 p.m.
Ravel: Piano Concerto for the Left Hand BUY "Concertgebouw Orchestra, Amsterdam"; Bruno Walter, conductor Paul Wittgenstein
Urania URN 22.341
4:42 p.m.
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
4:45 p.m.
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
4:45 p.m.
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
4:48 p.m.
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
4:50 p.m.
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
4:52 p.m.
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
4:56 p.m.
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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