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June 2000

June 4 - June 11 - June 18 - June 25

eighth blackbird
June 4, 2000
  eighth blackbird
Noble Accents and Inescapable Rhythms

When American poet Wallace Stevens wrote his Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird in 1931, little could he have known that some 70 years later the enigmatic and beautiful lines of the poem's eighth stanza would be adopted, in spirit and in name, by six brilliant young musicians. Happily, eighth blackbird - an Oberlin-trained sextet of violin, cello, flute, clarinet, piano, and manifold percussion - did just that, and this week Bill McGlaughlin welcomes them into the Saint Paul Sunday studio for a program of three works composed especially for them. Several movements of Thomas Albert's kaleidoscopic setting of the poem "Thirteen Ways" conclude the program with poignant evocations of Stevens's imagery and thought. eighth blackbird recently learned the exciting news that it won the Walter F. Naumburg Foundation Chamber Music Award for the year 2000. Bravo!

David Schober: Variations
Ricardo Zohn-Muldoon: Paramo
Thomas Albert: Thirteen Ways (selected movements)

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Marion Verbruggen, recorder; Arthur Haas, harpsichord
June 11, 2000
  Marion Verbruggen
Arthur Haas
Flying Fingers

The recorder is such a familiar instrument that it's easy to forget its great potential for virtuosity. Tune in this week to Saint Paul Sunday and discover with host Bill McGlaughlin just how astonishing the recorder can be in the hands of a master. Dutch recordist Marion Verbruggen will join forces with the celebrated American harpsichordist Arthur Haas for music of Johann Sebastian Bach, Georg Philipp Telemann, and their lesser-known but equally beguiling Baroque peer Jean Bodin de Boismortier. This duo explores its chosen repertoire with both great verve and humanity, leaving little doubt as to the recorder's unique contribution to Western music.

Georg Phillipe Telemann: Concerto in C major
J. S. Bach: Trio Sonata for organ in F major, BWV 529
Joseph Boismortier: Sonata No. 2 in g minor, Op. 91
J. S. Bach: Suite in d minor for lute, BWV 997

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The Petersen String Quartet
June 18, 2000
  The Petersen String Quartet
An Elegant Version

As we know it today, the string quartet is a form that contains multitudes. But in the hands of the composer most often credited as its inventor, Franz Joseph Haydn, the string quartet's earliest versions had chiefly an elegant, even playful air. This week on Saint Paul Sunday, a brilliant young ensemble from former East Berlin will contrast one of Haydn's graceful early quartets with a work drawn from a composer whose quartet cycle now stands at the pinnacle of the Western classical canon: Ludwig van Beethoven. The Petersen String Quartet will perform Haydn's Opus 1 Quartet in G major, No. 4 and then take on Beethoven's "Serioso" quartet, a work of profound humanity.

Franz Joseph Haydn: Quartet in G major, Op. 1, No. 4
Ludwig van Beethoven: Quartet in f minor, Op. 95 "Serioso"

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The Golub-Kaplan-Carr Trio
June 25, 2000
  The Golub-Kaplan-Carr Trio
Musical Symmetry

In chamber music, the piano trio is among the keenest of balancing acts. And when each of a trio's members is a masterful soloist, such musical symmetry is an even greater treat. This week on Saint Paul Sunday, Bill McGlaughlin welcomes a famed musical threesome: the Golub-Kaplan-Carr Trio. Pianist David Golub, violinist Mark Kaplan, and cellist Colin Carr will join forces for works by a trio of composers: Beethoven's "Kakadu," Sergei Rachmaninoff's Trio Élégiaque, and the scherzo movement from Dvorak's trio in f minor.

Ludwig van Beethoven: Trio No. 9 in G major, Op. 121a ("Kakadu")
Sergei Rachmaninoff: Trio Élégiaque No. 2 in d minor, Op. 9-I. Moderato
Antonin Dvorak: Trio in f minor, Op. 65-II. Scherzo

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