David shares some of Michael Brown's favorite performances by other artists of works on his upcoming concert program

In preparation for our March 30th solo piano recital with Michael Brown (Avery Fisher Career Grant, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Marlboro Festival), I asked Michael to share some of his favorite performances by other artists of works on the program. Tradition plays a significant role in classical music, either in its observance - or deliberate disregard. As performers, there is often a direct link through teachers and colleagues back to composers such as Brahms, Bartok, Liszt, even Beethoven. And as with food, there are national styles that determine one’s approach to making music. Seeing Michael’s recommendations gives us an insight into what drives his own search for expression.   See below for links to Michael's recommended performances.

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For anyone interested in more on Michael Brown, here is his website:michaelbrownmusic.com

David Yang, Artistic Director

Michael's Recommendations

Frederic Chopin: Barcarolle in F-sharp Major, Op. 60
Michael’s recommendation (Nelson Freire, piano): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uqLmF_702mE

Michael Brown: Mini Barcarolle
This is Michael’s own work so we’ll have to wait to hear him play it live

Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 14 in C♯ minor "Quasi una fantasia", Op. 27, No. 2 “Moonlight"
Michael’s recommendation (Wilhelm Kempff, piano):
Movement 1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O6txOvK-mAk
Movement 3: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=352qLWqKN-U

Béla Bartók: "Out of Doors” Suite
Michael’s recommendation (Jerome Lowenthal, piano):
With Drums and Pipes: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5G06g65yyXA
Musettes: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sBOnOMfIgyw
Night’s Music: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rsx-8Z4JWXU
The Chase: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zK8hlot4tlQ

Liszt: Legend No. 2, St. Francis of Paola Walking on the Waves
Michael’s recommendation (Alfred Brendal, piano): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_GcDsqkOcjI

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