Emil von Sauer: Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor
Lisa says: Passionate and soulful – with an amazing blend of flavors – a touch of Massenet, a soupçon of Chopin, and dashes of Grieg, Franck and Wagner…it is simply indescribably beautiful.
Cesar Franck: Symphonic Variations
Lisa says: A veritable showcase of mood changes – one theme transformed into a progression of emotion and changes of keys – all the while is as if we are eavesdropping on an intimate and sometimes boisterous conversation between pianist and orchestra…
Maurice Ravel: Concerto for the Left Hand
Lisa says: Composed for a famed pianist, Paul Wittgenstein, who lost his right arm in combat in World War I fighting on the Russian Front, yet performed by many a pianist with both hands who must struggle mightily to resist helping the left hand from time to time with the idle right hand – but no cheating is allowed!
Edvard Grieg: Piano Concerto in A minor
Lisa says: Composed when he was but 25 years old, brought him international recognition before any other Norwegian composer! This concerto has become a one-hit wonder as one of the most often performed piano concerti in the repertoire – and rightfully so! Perhaps this is why Grieg composed only one?
Manuel de Falla: Nights in the Gardens of Spain
Lisa says: An atmospheric masterpiece, complete with the musical scents of Andalusia — jasmine and citrus, a trickling of fountains, castanets and warm breezes.