Spokane Symphony Classics: Tales of Tragedy
ECKART PREU, CONDUCTOR
CONRAD TAO, PIANO
Conrad Tao returns with Saint-Saëns’ exquisite Piano Concerto No. 2, one of the most challenging of the piano repertoire. The concerto is book-ended by three stirring tales. Franck’s The Accursed Huntsman brilliantly evokes a dark, infernal chase. Strauss captures the somber mood of Shakespeare’s Macbeth and gives a charming account of the misadventures of a peasant rogue in Till Eulenspiegel.
César Franck ● The Accursed Huntsman
Camille Saint-Saëns ● Piano Concerto No. 2
Richard Strauss ● Macbeth
Richard Strauss ● Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks
Franck Le Chasseur Maudit [The Accursed Huntsman] (Orchestre de Paris, Daniel Barenboim, Conductor)
Saint-Saens Piano Concerto No. 2 (L’Orchestre de la Suise Romande, Charles Dutoit, Conductor; Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Piano)
Richard Strauss Macbeth (Vienna Philharmonic, Lorin Maazel, Conductor)
Richard Stauss Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche (Berlin Philharmonic, Gustavo Dudamel, Conductor; 2013)
Conrad Tao, piano
Conrad Tao has appeared worldwide as a pianist and composer, and has been dubbed a musician of “probing intellect and open-hearted vision” by the New York Times, a “thoughtful and mature composer” by NPR, and “ferociously talented” by TimeOut New York. In June of 2011, the White House Commission on Presidential Scholars and the Department of Education named Tao a Presidential Scholar in the Arts, and the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts awarded him a YoungArts gold medal in music. Later that year, Tao was named a Gilmore Young Artist, an honor awarded every two years highlighting the most promising American pianists of the new generation. In May of 2012, he was awarded the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant. ● Conrad Tao's website
"Tao possesses startling technical elan and an ability to communicate clearly, no matter how thorny a score may become. He also has a hefty dash of charm.” — Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun
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