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Wunderkinder, Part I

Blazing talents whose remarkable and sometimes-perilous lives overflowed with natural gifts at a young age, and audiences couldn’t get enough of them. Starting with compositions by Mozart and Mendelssohn, all played by today’s whiz kids. We continue with Niccolò Paganini performed by violinist Julia Fischer, and by violinist Julian Sitkovetsky with his mother, Bella Davidovich, accompanying him on the piano. Bill ends the week with a full hour devoted to Frédéric Chopin performed by some of the great prodigy-pianists of today— Maurizio Pollini, Garrick Ohlsson, and Frederic Chiu. Bill says when these musicians were children they were like gifts from above.

Program 1

W.A. Mozart: Fragment from “Nannerl Notenbuch” K. 9b (excerpt)

Claudio Colombo, p.


W.A. Mozart: Symphony No. 1, I (excerpt)

Concentus Musicus Wien/Nikolaus Harnoncourt

DHM 63970

2:49, :24

Gregorio Allegri: Miserere mei, Deus fr. Miserere (excerpt)

The Cambridge Singers/Rutter

Collegium 123


W.A. Mozart: Divertimento No. 1 in D, K. 136

Lausanne Chamber Orchestra/Yehudi Menhuin

Virgin 91122


W.A. Mozart: Divertimento in F, K. 138, II

Academy of St. Martin in the Fields/Neville Marriner

Lon 417741


W.A. Mozart: Piano Sonata No. 5 in G Major, I, K. 283

Walter Gieseking, p.

EMI 63688


Juan Crisóstomo de Arriaga: Symphony in D, I (excerpt) & IV

La Capella Reial de Catalunya/Jordi Savall

Astree 8532

2:45, 7:14


W.A. Mozart: Symphony No. 41 in C Major, Jupiter, IV

NY Phil/Bruno Walter

Sony 64477


Program 2

Johannes Brahms: Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 77
    III. Allegro giocoso, ma non troppo vivace—Poco più

Berliner Philharmoniker/Rudolf Kempe; Yehudi Menuhin, v.

EMI 64131



Edward Elgar: Violin Concerto In B Minor, Op. 61
    III. Allegro Molto

London Symphony Orchestra/Edward Elgar; Yehudi Menuhin, v.

EMI 54564


Alfredo D'Ambrosio: Serenade (excerpt)

Georges Enesco, v.



Sweet Georgia Brown  

Yehudi Menuhin & Stéphane Grappelli, vlns. 

EMI 66830


Prabhati (Based On Raga Gunkali) (excerpt)

Ensemble; Yehudi Menuhin, v.; Ravi Shankar, sitar 

EMI 67180


Walton: Violin Concerto In B Minor
I. Andante Tranquillo  
II. Presto Capriccioso Alla Napolitana

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/André Previn;

    Nigel Kennedy, v.

EMI 67180


Irving Berlin: Cheek To Cheek (excerpt)           

Yehudi Menuhin & Stéphane Grappelli, violins   

EMI 49628


Program 3

Niccolò Paganini: Caprices for Solo Violin, Op. 1
    No. 5 in A Minor
    No. 9 in E Major, La Chasse

Julia Fischer, v.

2:46, 3:11

Niccolò Paganini: Le Streghe (The Witches), Op. 8

Julian Sitkovetsky, v.; Bella Davidovich, p.

Artek 0030


Felix Mendelssohn: Octet in E-Flat Major, Op. 20, I & III

Jaime Laredo, Alexander Schneider, Arnold Steinhardt & John Dalley, violins; Michael Tree & Samuel Rhodes, violas; Leslie Parnas, David Soyer cellos

Sony 46251


Mendelssohn: Overture to A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Op. 21

CSO/James Levine

DG 415137


Program 4

Pablo Sarasate: Zapateado, Op. 23, No. 2

Jascha Heifetz, v.; André Benoist, p.

RCA 61732


Felix Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64
    Finale: Allegro molto vivace  

Jascha Heifetz, v.; Samuel Chotzinoff, p.

RCA 61732


Johannes Brahms: Piano Trio No. 1 in B Major, Op. 8

Artur Rubinstein, p.; Jascha Heifetz, v.; Emanuel Feuermann, vc.

RCA 61763


Sergei Prokofiev: Violin Concerto No. 2, Op. 63 in G Minor
    Allegro ben marcato

BSO/Serge Koussevitzky; Jascha Heifetz, v.

RCA 61735

Grigoraş Dinicu: Hora Staccato 

Jascha Heifetz, v.


1:53 excerpt

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Pas d'action  fr. Swan Lake Act II

Orchestra; Oscar Shumsky, v.


Ludwig van Beethoven: Concerto for Violin, Op. 61 

Curtis Symphony Orchestra/Fritz Reiner; Oscar Shumsky, v.

8:15, 4:20

W. A. Mozart: Duo for Violin and Viola, K. 424 (excerpt)
    Theme and Var., Andante grazioso   

Oscar Shumsky, v.; Eric Shumsky, vla.


Program 5

Frédéric Chopin: Étude No. 8 in F, Op. 10 (excerpts)

Maurizio Pollini, p.

DG 413794

:51, 1:17

Chopin: Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 2, II

Polish Radio National Symphony Orchestra/Paolo Bordoni; Garrick Ohlsson, p.

EMI 62512


Chopin: Mazurka No. 47 in A Minor, Op. 68 No. 2

Artur Rubinsten, p.

RCA 5614


Chopin: Mazurka in C Major, Op. 7 No. 5
    Mazurka in E Minor, Op. 41 No 2

Ivan Moravec, p.

Dorian 90140

Chopin: Mazurka No. 44 in C Major, Op. 67 No. 3
    Mazurka No. 13 in A Minor, Op. 17 No. 4

William Kapell, p.

RCA 68990


Chopin: Waltz No. 13 in D-flat, Op. 70 No. 3
    Waltz No. 3 in a minor, Op. 34

    No. 2, Grand Valse Brillante Waltz

    No. 14 in E Minor

Dinu Lipatti, p.


Chopin: Sonata No. 3 for Piano in B Minor, II

Rudolf Firkusny, p.

EMI 66066


Chopin: Ballade #2 In F, Op. 38

Krystian Zimerman, p.

DG 423090


Chopin: Étude No. 2 in A Minor, Op. 10 No. 2

Frederic Chiu, p.

HM 907201


Chopin: Étude in F Minor, Op. 25 No. 2

Rudolph Serkin, p.

Archiphon 105


Chopin: Étude No. 7 in E, Op. 10 No. 7
    Étude No. 5 in G-flat, Op. 10 No. 5, Black Keys

Maurizio Pollini, p.

DG 413794



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