Andrew Appel is Wave Hill’s Performing Arts Programmer. He and pianist Vassily Primakov spoke with John Schaefer, host of WNYC program Soundcheck, about the Hudson River Historic Concerts series, part of Wave Hill’s celebration of the Hudson River Quadricentennial during the fall of 2009. The interview took place in WNYC’s studios at the beginning of September.
There is only one thing I love more than talking, to many people about things I adore, and that thing is listening to a marvel of a pianist play Chopin. Our trip to the WNYC studios this afternoon was pure delight.
John Schaefer and I were able to tell all of New York about the series of recitals beginning on Sunday, Sept 13, in Armor Hall — great historic recitals, performed originally by the giants of the early 20th century concert stage and recreated by fine artists of today. And then Vassily Primakov made it all come to life with two, almost unbearably beautiful mazurkas of Chopin played with full poetry. And to think that we can all soon spend a Sunday afternoon listening to Vassily play Chopin masterpieces looking over the Hudson and Wave Hill’s gardens! I guess I love that the best. In the meantime, enjoy the podcast.