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      Piano and Strings II

      Stravinsky: Three Movements from Petrouchka
      Haochen Zhang, piano

      “My intention was to give virtuoso pianists a piece of certain breadth that would permit them to enhance their modern repertory and demonstrate their brilliant technique.”

      – Igor Stravinsky

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      Host Kerry Frumkin and SFCMF artistic director Marc Neikrug discuss Three Movements from Petrouchka by Igor Stravinsky. This piece is from the world of Stravinsky’s ballet Petrouchka as seen from a very virtuosic angle.

      Haochen Zhang is one of the two Gold Medal winners of 2009’s International Van Cliburn Competition. Harmonia Mundi released a recording of his Competition performances, including his rendition of Stravinsky’s Three Movements from Petrouchka.


      Haochen Zhang plays the third movement of Ravel’s Gaspard de la nuit during the 13th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition on June 6, 2009.


      The co-winner of Cliburn Gold, Hoachen Zhang shares his personal history and love for the piano. This brief video was filmed for the 2009 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition.

      Brahms: Piano Trio No. 1 in B Major, Op. 8
      Soovin Kim, violin; Peter Stumpf, cello; Jeremy Denk, piano

      “I have rewritten my B major trio. It will not be as wild as it was, but whether or not it will be better–?”

      – Johannes Brahms in a letter to Clara Schumann

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      Brahms revised his 1854 Piano Trio No. 1 nearly a quarter century after he first wrote it. Marc Neikrug shares a story about the children’s author Maurice Sendak that sheds light on how an experienced composer nearing the end of a successful career could essentially collaborate with his younger self.

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