This Pick of the Week features the 2021 virtual performance of accordionist Ksenija Sidorova. A global ambassador for the instrument and its place in classical music, she delights audiences in the world’s major concert halls, performs with orchestras like the Tonhalle Orchester-Zurich and the NHK Symphony, and partners with exciting artists from Avi Avital to Sting. Highlights in this wide-ranging hour are three scintillating tangos from her new Piazzolla recording, an homage to the composer’s centenary, which earned the coveted Editor’s Choice award from Gramophone magazine.
Chorale Prelude on “Ich ruf’ zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ,” BWV 639
Andante in F major, K. 616
Chau Paris; S’il vous plait; Tanti Anni Prima
Fantasia on Chiquilín de Bachín
Revis Fairy Tale, excerpts from Gogol Suite, arr. Yuri Shishkin
Join us for a conversation with Ksenija Sidorova about her breathtaking concert, the cultural significance of music in her native Latvia, and her role as a global ambassador for the classical accordion. Works by J.S. Bach and Mozart open a brilliant recital highlighting Alfred Schnittke's Revis Fairy Tale, in excerpts from his Gogol Suite, transcribed by Yuri Shishkin. Three tangos by Astor Piazzolla mark the composer's 2021 centenary, paired with a new work acknowledging his legacy: a fantasia by Franck Angelis on Piazzolla's "Chiliquín de Bachín."