Out of the African-American experience a powerful and enduring musical legacy was born. This week on Saint Paul Sunday host Bill McGlaughlin welcomes a vibrant ensemble that has stood at the heart of this legacy for over three decades. The Albert McNeil Jubilee singers perform in a rich range of African-American styles, including spirituals, gospel, and jazz. Two haunting South-African arrangements grace the program as well.
arr. Howard Roberts: Rocka My Soul
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Ludwig van Beethoven has for so long loomed a giant of Western culture that the sheer originality of his music when it first appeared is sometimes forgotten. This week on Saint Paul Sunday, the brilliant young German pianist Lars Vogt explores Beethoven's music at its most intimate and influential, as well as its most beloved and profound. Vogt will bring us the first two of the Opus 126 Bagatelles - the final piano works Beethoven composed. "He put all his wisdom and all his mystic language into these works," observes Vogt. "People didn't understand them in Beethoven's time." Vogt will also perform one of the best-loved works in any repertoire, the Appasionata sonata, as well as the evocative "Theme and Variations" by Tatyana Komarova, who also happens to be his wife.
Ludwig van Beethoven: Bagatelles, Op. 126-No1 & 2
The Saint Lawrence String Quartet takes its name from the mighty Saint Lawrence River - a name that hints at their passion for the flowing, swirling currents of Schumann, whose emotional and evocative music is the essence of the Romantic age. This young Canadian ensemble has just released a recording of Schumann string quartets, and this week on Saint Paul Sunday they join host Bill McGlaughlin to bring us a magnificent interpretation of the Third - a piece that showcases their affinity for the subtle coloring of Schumann's works for the genre. Plus, there's an inventive offering by the classical string quartet genius Franz Joseph Haydn, and the urgent and menacing third movement from Shostakovich's own Quartet in F major - a riveting evocation of German troops tramping through Russia during the Second World War.
Franz Joseph Haydn: Quartet in D major, Op. 76, No. 5
These are the words of guitarist SÚrgio Assad, who visits Saint Paul Sunday this week with his brother Odair. The Brazilian-born duo will present a vibrant sound-portrait of South America through its most celebrated instrument - works by Astor Piazzolla, Egberto Gismonti, Antonio Carlos Jobim, and SÚrgio himself. The near-telepathic artistry these brothers share has won them a devoted worldwide following. Discover why for yourself this week on Saint Paul Sunday.
Astor Piazzolla: Zita (from Suite Troileana)
You'll hear chamber music in all its splendid variety this week on Saint Paul Sunday when Bill McGlaughlin welcomes Eberli into the studio. These four musicians - clarinetist Evan Spritzer, violinist Andrea Schultz, cellist Michael Finckel, and pianist Evelyne Luest - will bring a solo by Aaron Jay Kernis, a trio by Max Bruch, and a charming quartet by Peter Schickele. The works, wonderfully performed, affirm that the legacy of classical chamber music is alive and well in our own century.
Yehudi Wyner: Tanz and Maissele (Dance and Little Story)
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