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Bolet Plays Ballades

Cuban-born pianist Jorge Bolet was a mainstay of the concert circuit; only recently have his recording garnered much attention. Classical music critic Lloyd Schwartz says that some of his performances of classic Chopin pieces have interpretive nuance, while others -- white pretty -- lack depth.


Schnabel's Mastery of Mozart

Classical music critic Lloyd Schwartz reviews a series of recordings of pianist Artur Schanbel's performances of Mozart's music. Schwartz also shares some personal stories which illustrate why this music is so important to him.


Reissues of Dinu Lipatti's "Glittering" Performances

Lloyd Schwartz says that the classical pianist, like Glenn Gould, died too young. But unlike Gould, Lipatti's interpretations of canonical works were more traditional, evoking the way the pieces may have originally been performed. Schwartz reviews two recent re-releases of the musician's recordings.


Concert with Allen Toussaint.

A live concert with New Orleans songwriter, pianist and singer Allen Toussaint. Toussaint has performed extensively as a session pianist and producer and has written dozens of hits for New Orleans groups like The Nevilles, Irma Thomas, for Paul McCartney, The Wild Tchoupitoulas and The Meters. (Rebroadcast. Originally broadcast on Friday, May 27, 1988.)


Ursula Oppens Showcases Contemporary American Music.

Classical music critic Lloyd Schwartz reviews a new album of contemporary American music by pianist Ursula Oppens. It has music both commissioned and performed by Oppens. It's "Ursula Oppens Plays American Piano Music of Our Time" on the Music & Arts label.


Shure Plays Schubert.

Classical music critic Lloyd Schwartz reviews the work of pianist Leonard Shure. Shure turns 80 this spring, and Lloyd says the older Shure gets, the he gets. Lloyd particularly recommends the recordings Shure made for Audiofon about a decade ago.

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