André Watts, piano

Saturday, December 3, 2011 | 8:00 pm

Page Auditorium


André Watts was born just after the second world war to an American father and a Hungarian mother, the latter of whom famously used stories of Liszt’s work ethic to inspire Watts to practice as a child. It paid off handsomely when he filled in for Glenn Gould with the New York Philharmonic in 1963, where his preternatural command of Liszt’s first concerto brought down the house and launched a distinguished career. In Durham, the Avery Fisher Prize recipient trains his finely honed expertise on an all-Liszt program in honor of the master’s bicentennial, including the Sonata in B Minor — that deathless ode to Schumann — and the sublimely darkening later work Nuages Gris.

Program

LISZT: Étude de Concert No. 3, “Un Sospiro”
LISZT: Les Jeux d’eau a la Villa d’Este
LISZT: Piano Sonata in B Minor
LISZT: Bagatelle ohne Tonart
LISZT: Nuages Gris
LISZT: En Rêve
LISZT: La Lugubre Gondola No. 2
LISZT: Schlaflos, Frage und Antwort
LISZT: Étude No. 2 in E Flat Major, from Six Grand Études de Paganini
LISZT: Transcendental Étude No. 10 in F Minor
LISZT: Hungarian Rhapsody No. 13 in A Minor

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