"This piece is very much a romantic epic, but without words," Denk says. "So the words are sort of the recurring themes and who the characters are in a way ? the protagonists in a struggle. There's a feeling of good versus evil in the piece."
"Which is interesting, because it was written as a wedding present," Bell says, laughing.
Through conversation and music, host Michael Feinstein and his guests connect the dots between classical music and standards.
This program originally ran April 20, 2012.
Joshua Bell (violin), Jeremy Denk (piano), Violin Sonata in A Major ? Allegro (C. Franck)
Michael Feinstein (piano, vocals), "The Lamp Is Low" (B. Schefter, P. DeRose)
Bell (violin), Denk (piano), Sonata for Violin and Piano ? Blues: Moderato (M. Ravel)
Bell (violin), George Gershwin (piano roll recording), "Sweet and Low-Down" (G. Gershwin, I. Gershwin)
Denk (piano), "Minstrels" from Preludes (Book 1) (C. Debussy)
Feinstein (piano, vocals), An American in Paris: Homesickness Movement (G. Gershwin)
Bell (violin), Denk (piano), Violin Sonata in A Major ? Allegretto poco mosso (C. Franck)