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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

Notes on the program by Joseph Horowitz

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