For a taste of the wit, wonder, and sheer joy of music-making, listen in this week as guest host Jorja Fleezanis welcomes OPUS ONE, an ensemble of four acclaimed soloists whose collaboration always yields astonishing results. Violinist Ida Kavafian, violist Steven Tenenbom, cellist Peter Wiley, and pianist Anne-Marie McDermott will play Haydn's familiar "Gypsy Rondo," the enchanting first movement of Antonín Dvorák's Piano Quartet in E flat major (Op. 87), and living composer Stephen Hartke's The King of the Sun, a 1988 work whose movements take such vivid titles as "Personages in the night guided by the phosphorescent tracks of snails" and "The flames of the sun make the desert flower hysterical."
Franz Joseph Haydn: Trio G major, H. XV:25-IV. Finale "Gypsy Rondo"
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For nearly three decades, Kronos Quartet has shown us the range and power of music of our own time. Dubbed "classical music's own Fab Four" by Rolling Stone, this group continues to draw musical inspiration from around the globe and from the depths of human emotion.
This week on Saint Paul Sunday, we'll journey along with Kronos and discover just what in the world they've been up to lately, from the film music of India to Mexican rock-and-roll, from gypsy tunes to a haunting memorial. Listen in for performances that reveal the ongoing curiosity and daring of Kronos Quartet.
Rahul Dev Burman, arr. Osvaldo Golijov: Aaj Ki Raat (Tonight is the Night)
Popular and folk music have often served as the inspiration for classical composers' most virtuosic creations. This week on Saint Paul Sunday, the fiery young violinist Leila Josefowicz joins composer and pianist John Novacek for both in a dazzling American tour. We'll hear Henri Vieuxtemps' burlesque variation on "Yankee Doodle," a slow and sweet rendition of Charlie Chaplin's "Smile," and four of Novacek's own stunning ragtime inventions. The young violinist gives us some folk music of Spain, too, with Manuel de Falla's noble "Suite Populaire Espagnole."
Manuel de Falla: Suite Populaire Espagnole
May 27, 2001
A Tale of Two Cities
It's an alliance of virtuosity and joyful music-making when host Bill McGlaughlin welcomes Ensemble Wien-Berlin, a quintet made up mostly of wind players from the Vienna and Berlin philharmonic orchestras. Bassoonist and founding member Milan Turkovic is a solo musician and professor at the Academy of Music in Vienna, as well as a member of the Chamber Music Society of the Lincoln Center, New York. Remarkable Russian pianist Elena Bashkirova will join the ensemble in the studio.
This week on Saint Paul Sunday, experience the music of Mozart and Ligeti, with a dazzling sextet by Francis Poulenc rounding out the program.
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Quintet for piano and winds in E major, K. 452
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