“Whatever it is — call it star quality —” claims the Washington Post, “music likes Kern the way the camera liked Garbo.” Olga Kern puts that electrifying technique to work in not one but two dynamic pieces: the most popular of Haydn’s concertos for keyboard and Shostakovich’s witty First Piano Concerto. (Listen for Shostakovich’s extraordinary moments for solo trumpet as well.) Former Seattle Symphony music director Ludovic Morlot conducts this program, which also includes three movements from Dvořák’s Legends plus Prokofiev’s playful and charming Classical Symphony, composed on an idyllic farm as Prokofiev took refuge from the turbulence of the Russian Revolution.
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Olga Kern, piano
Antonín Dvořák, Legends, Op. 59 (Movements 6, 7 and 9)
Sergei Prokofiev, Symphony No. 1, Op. 25, “Classical”
Franz Joseph Haydn, Piano Concerto in D Major, Hob. XVIII:11
Dmitri Shostakovich, Piano Concerto No. 1 in C Minor, Op. 35