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Benjamin Grosvenor plays the unplayable on Performance Today

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When Maurice Ravel wrote Gaspard de la Nuit, he was trying to make it the most difficult piano music ever written... perhaps even unplayable. Benjamin Grosvenor plays the unplayable, in concert on Performance Today for Thursday March 15. Hosted by Fred Child, and SYNDICATED on Americam Public Media. Here's a rundown of the complete show.

 Hour Two

Jennifer Higdon

: String Poetic: Nocturne

Jennifer Koh, violin; Reiko Uchida, piano

String Poetic

Cedille 103


Paul Schoenfield

: Cafe Music

Jennifer Frautschi, violin; Ani Aznavoorian, cello; Max Levinson, piano

Seattle Chamber Music Society, Nordstrom Recital Hall at Benaroya Hall, Seattle, WA


Maurice Ravel

: Gaspard de la nuit

Benjamin Grosvenor, piano

Union College Concert Series, Union College - Memorial Chapel, Schenectady, NY


Jennifer Higdon

: Our Beautiful Country, from Cold Mountain

Chanticleer; William Fred Scott, conductor

Spivey Hall, Clayton State University, Morrow, GA


Hour 2

Philip Glass

: String Quartet No. 3, I. 1957: Award Montage

Modern Mandolin Quartet


Sono Luminus DSL-92157


Elisabeth Jacquet de la Guerre

: Sonate pour le Violon et pour le Clavecin, No. 3 in F

Sonnambula; Elizabeth Weinfield, Artistic Director

Baruch Performing Arts Center, Engelman Recital Hall, New York, NY


Jacob Clemens non Papa

: Ego flos campi

In Mulieribus; Anna Song, conductor

In Mulieribus, Proto-Cathedral of St James the Greater, Vancouver, WA


Philip Glass

: Violin Concerto No. 2

Mikhail Simonyan, violin; Baltic Sea Philharmonic; Kristjan Jarvi, conductor

Elbphilharmonie, Hamburg, Germany