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Jan Lisiecki on recording Beethoven concertos with little notice nor leeway

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Saturday, October 12, 2019

From our playlist – a chart-topper on this week’s Classical  Chartz is by Canadian pianist Jan Lisiecki. “Beethoven: Complete Piano Concertos”, a live concert recording released by Deutsche Grammophon, was performed with the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, but without a conductor.  It came about when Lisiecki filled in for an indisposed Murray Perahia, who often conducts from the keyboard.

If filling in for the great Perhai wasn’t nerve-wracking enough, Lisiecki didn’t have a whole lot of leeway for errors. “The recording is entirely live, we could only record the rehearsal and the concert; no touch-up sessions were available,” he said. “The final result, I hope, is a reflection of a very successful and dynamic live cycle of these concertos.”

This recording was a hit on last week’s “Classical Chartz”, heard Saturdays at 3 pm with host Mike Duncan. What will this week’s chart-topper be? Tune in this afternoon and find out.

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