A Recital by Anna Polonsky piano and Orion Weiss pianoBack To Calendar
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FAURÉ: Dolly, op. 56, no. 1
BRAHMS: Variations on a Theme by Schumann, op. 23
BARBER: Souvenirs, op. 28
SAINT-SAËNS: Variations on a Theme of Beethoven in E-flat major, op. 35
When Anna Polonsky was auditioning for a three-year residency at Lincoln Center, her advisor Ida Kavafian warned her about major competition from a pianist named Orion Weiss. Weiss also received a warning about her. Now husband and wife, Polonsky says, “Marriage is the best revenge.” See this engaging pair make beautiful music together in a Romantic program for four-hands piano.
Fauré’s lovely suite was composed for a friend’s daughter who was so tiny at birth that she was nicknamed “Dolly.” Brahms’s elegiac variations dedicated to Clara Schumann were composed shortly after Robert Schumann was confined to an insane asylum. Later orchestrated for ballet, Barber described his 1951 piano work thusly: “One might imagine a divertissement in a setting of the Palm Court of the Hotel Plaza in New York, the year about 1914, epoch of the first tangos; Souvenirs—remembered with affection, not in irony or with tongue in cheek, but in amused tenderness.” Wrapping up the evening is Saint-Saëns’s first piece for duo piano, riffing off a Beethoven melody and displaying the diversity of style and pianistic excitement of Beethoven’s own variation writing.