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    7 p.m.: Pre-concert talk by Joseph Horowitz: “The Block Cylinders – Lessons in Interpretation from Tchaikovsky’s Russia”

    When Thomas Edison was thinking that the “recording cylinder” could be used as a dictation device for business offices, Julius Block realized that the cylinders might be used for recording music. Block was a businessman with multinational connections in countries such as Germany, England, the United States and Russia. A full decade before commercial music first was recorded, he was recording musicians whose names and music still are familiar today. Thanks to Block, we can hear the voices of musicians such as Brahms, Pabst, Rubenstein and Tchaikovsky.

    8 p.m.: Recital, with piano performers Vakhtang Kodanashvili and Edisher Savitski, and host Joseph Horowitz

    Sergei Taneyev:  Prelude and Fugue in G sharp minor, Op.29
        Mr. Kodanashvili

    Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky:  The Seasons, Op. 37a* (selections)
                        June: Barcarolle
                        July: Song of the Reaper
                        August: Harvest
                        September: The Hunt
        Mr. Kodanashvili

    Tchaikovsky/Mikhail Pletnev:  Suite from The Nutcracker (excerpts)
                        Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy
                        Russian Trepak
                        Pas de Deux
         Mr. Kodanashvili


    Tchaikovsky: Piano Sonata in G, Op. 37
                        Moderato e risoluto
                        Andante non troppo quasi moderato
                        Scherzo. Allegro giocoso
                        Finale. Allegro vivace
         Mr. Savitski

    Discussion with audience

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