March 2020 (last recital before pandemic lockdowns)
- Fantaisie in F minor, Chopin
- Ballade no. 1, Chopin
- Scherzo no. 2, Chopin
- Mazurkas in C-sharp minor and F minor, Chopin
- Toccata and Fugue in D minor, Bach-Busoni
- Fairy Tale, Op. 51 no. 3, Medtner
- The Sorcerer's Apprentice, Dukas-Nacar
- Barcarolle, Chopin
- La Valse, Ravel
- French Suite no. 5 (complete), Bach
- Symphony no. 6 (1st movement), Beethoven-Liszt
- Fünf Klavierstücke, R. Strauss
- Marche Militaire, Schubert-Tausig
- Partita no. 4 - Allemande, Courante, Bach
- Sonata no. 28 (1st and 2nd movements), Beethoven
- Valse-Caprice no. 7, Schubert-Liszt
- Etude, Op. 2 no. 1, Scriabin
- Carmen Fantasie, Bizet-Horowitz
Scott Joplin: Pineapple Rag
March 2020 (last recital before pandemic lockdowns)
Frédéric Chopin: Fantaisie in F minor
Frédéric Chopin: Ballade no. 1 in G minor
Frédéric Chopin: Scherzo no. 2 in B-flat minor
Frédéric Chopin: Mazurkas in C-sharp minor and F minor
Ludwig van Beethoven: Sonata no. 23 in F minor, "Appassionata"
Frédéric Chopin: Nocturne in B major, Op. 62 no. 1
Et la lune descend sur le temple qui fut
La terrasse des audiences du clair de lune
Clair de lune
Johann Sebastian Bach:
Compilation from live recordings
Johann Sebastian Bach/Ferruccio Busoni:
Toccata and Fugue in D minor
Fairy Tale, Op. 51 no. 3
Paul Dukas/Benjamin Nacar:
The Sorcerer's Apprentice
See Transcriptions page
Frederic Chopin: Barcarolle
Maurice Ravel: La Valse
S. Rachmaninoff: Polka de W. R.
Bach-Busoni: Toccata, Adagio and Fugue
J. S. Bach: French Suite no. 5, complete
Beethoven-Liszt: Symphony no. 6 ("Pastoral"), 1st movement
R. Strauss: Fünf Klavierstücke, Op. 3
Schubert-Tausig: Marche Militaire
Beethoven-Liszt: Symphony no. 5, 1st movement
Fall 2010 (Community MusicWorks Bach Marathon)
J. S. Bach: French Suite no. 5: Gigue
Bach-Busoni: Toccata and Fugue in D minor
More from Fall 2010
J. S. Bach: Partita no. 4: Allemande, Courante
L. van Beethoven: Sonata no. 28: movements 1 and 2
Schubert-Liszt: Valse-Caprice no. 7
A. Scriabin: Etude, Op. 2 no. 1
Bizet-Horowitz: Carmen Fantasie
Strauss-Nacar: The Blue Danube
This is a (highly embellished) solo piano arrangement of Johann Strauss Jr.'s popular waltz medley "On the Beautiful Blue Danube" which, thanks to the capriciousness of Stanley Kubrick, has become forever associated with gently rotating spaceships and space stations. I wrote this arrangement for the occasion of the 50-year anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission and the first manned moon landing (July 20th, 1969), in commemoration of which I gave three piano recitals. Also on the program were Beethoven's "Moonlight" sonata, the F-minor Nocturne and the Barcarolle by Chopin, three different moon-themed pieces by Debussy, the Largo from Dvořák's New World Symphony, and the Sousa/Horowitz Stars and Stripes Forever. This recording was made at Brown's Cogut Institute on July 15th, 2019, the day after the last performance.
Beethoven-Liszt-Nacar: Symphony no. 9, movement IV
When writing his transcriptions of Beethoven's symphonies, Liszt was highly doubtful whether the choral finale of the Ninth could ever be effectively rendered on the piano, and his publisher had to goad him into finishing it at all. The task of translating the majesty and power of the "Ode to Joy" movement into pianistic terms is not, I think, an intractable problem. However, the arrangement of the Finale of the Ninth that Liszt eventually produced has always seemed to me less convincing than the other movements of the Ninth (or the other eight Beethoven symphonies), which led me to undertake the revision presented here. Many passages I have kept unaltered, to others I have added extra notes, and some I have rewritten entirely, which I rather think is in keeping with Liszt's own take-other-composers'-material-and-run-with-it approach.
This recording was made at Brown's Cogut Institute for the Humanities, following three performances of this movement on December 10th, 2018 (at the Cogut Institute) and December 15th and 16th, 2018 (at the RISD Museum), the last performance falling on Beethoven's 248th birthday. Preceding it on the program were Mozart's Sonata in C major, K. 330, and the Schubert-Liszt Valse-Caprice no. 7 from Soirees de Vienne.
Dukas-Nacar: The Sorcerer's Apprentice
On October 31st, 2016 I gave a Halloween concert at Brown's Cogut Center for the Humanities. The preceeding day I also gave a semi-Halloween-themed Children's Concert at the Providence Public Library. Both events featured my arrangement of Paul Dukas' tone poem The Sorcerer's Apprentice. This is the live recording from the Cogut performance.
Mozart-Nacar: Coronation Mass
In December 2014 I presented a Christmastime program at the RISD Museum and at Brown's Cogut Center for the Humanities, which opened with my transcription of the first two movements of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Coronation Mass. This is a live recording from the last performance at RISD.
Liszt-Nacar: Les Préludes
In November 2014 I gave a few concerts at the RISD Museum and at Brown's Cogut Center for the Humanities, The program featured Bach's Partita no. 6, Chopin's Ballades nos. 3 and 4, and my transcription of Liszt's Les Préludes. In between performances I made this "studio" recording of the Liszt at the Cogut Center.
Dvořák-Nacar: Symphony no. 9 in E minor, op. 95, "From the New World"
In June/July 2014 I performed my own transcription of Antonín Dvořák's New World Symphony at the RISD Museum and at Brown's Cogut Center for the Humanities; also on the program was Vladimir Horowitz's transcription of John Philip Sousa's "The Stars and Stripes Forever". Following those concerts I made a "studio" recording of the Dvořák at the Cogut Center.
Playlist with all four movements
I. Adagio; Allegro molto
III. Scherzo: Molto vivace
IV. Allegro con fuoco
Tchaikovsky-Nacar: 1812 Overture
In July 2013 I gave a few concerts at the RISD Museum and at Brown's Cogut Center for the Humanities, featuring Liszt's transcription of Beethoven's Fifth Symphony (all movements) and my own transcription of Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture. Following those concerts I made a "studio" recording of the Tchaikovsky, as well as the first movement of the Beethoven (see Other Videos), at the Cogut Center. As of two years later this has turned out to be my most popular video ever.
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