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Perfect Pianists at the BBC

Performances by celebrated pianists including Benno Moiseiwitsch, Solomon, Myra Hess, Vladimir Horowitz, Arthur Rubinstein, Alfred Brendel, Mitsuko Uchida and Stephen Hough.

David Owen Norris takes us on a journey through 60 years of BBC archive to showcase some of the greatest names in the history of the piano. From the groundbreaking BBC studio recitals of Benno Moiseiwitsch, Solomon and Myra Hess in the 1950s, through the legendary concerts of Vladimir Horowitz and Arthur Rubinstein, to more recent performances, including Alfred Brendel, Mitsuko Uchida and Stephen Hough, David celebrates some of the greatest players in a pianistic tradition which goes back to Franz Liszt in the 19th century. Filmed at the Cobbe Collection, Hatchlands Park.

1 hour

On TV

Monday 02:00

Music Played

Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes

  • Robert Schumann

    Kinderszenen

    Performer: Vladimir Horowitz.
  • Frédéric Chopin

    Polonaise in A Flat Major

    Performer: Arthur Rubinstein.
  • Edvard Grieg

    Piano Concerto in A Minor Op.16

    Performer: Radu Lupu. Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: André Previn.
  • Frédéric Chopin

    Etude No.4 in C Sharp Minor ("Torrent")

    Performer: Sviatoslav Richter.
  • Franz Schubert

    Impromptu No.3 in G Flat

    Performer: Alfred Brendel.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Partita No.5 (Allemande)

    Performer: Glenn Gould.
  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    Piano Concerto No.1 in B Flat Minor

    Performer: Lang Lang. Orchestra: BBC Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Leonard Slatkin.
  • Franz Liszt

    Dante Sonata

    Performer: John Ogdon.
  • Domenico Scarlatti

    Sonata in G Major L.286

    Performer: Murray Perahia.
  • Sergey Rachmaninov

    Piano Concerto No.2

    Performer: Evgeny Kissin. Orchestra: BBC Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Sir Andrew Davis.
  • Robert Schumann

    Traumeswirren (Fantasiestucke Op.12)

    Performer: Benno Moiseiwitsch.
  • Franz Schubert

    Impromptu in A Flat

    Performer: Solomon.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Piano Concerto No.23 in A Major K488

    Performer: Ingrid Fliter. Orchestra: BBC Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Josep Pons.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Piano Sonata No.4 (Cadenza)

    Performer: Mitsuko Uchida. Performer: Bavarian Radio Orchestra. Conductor: Mariss Jansons.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Piano Sonata No.32 in C Minor Op.111

    Performer: Claudio Arrau.
  • Sergey Rachmaninov

    Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini

    Performer: Stephen Hough. Orchestra: BBC Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Sakari Oramo.
  • Frédéric Chopin

    Nocturne in E Flat

    Performer: John Ogdon.

Credits

Role Contributor
Presenter David Owen Norris
Producer Helen Mansfield
Executive Producer Mark Cooper

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