July 1, 2001
Poetry in Motion
In music as in life, collaboration often affords us our richest experiences. This week on Saint Paul Sunday, Bill McGlaughlin hosts five artists whose collaboration yields real musical treasure. Flutist Eugenia Zukerman joins forces with the Shanghai String Quartet for works from China, Classical Europe, and the U. S. Victorian era. Living composer Zhou Long's "Old Fisherman" a poem setting from a cycle called Poems of Tang begins the program. Mozart's aria-like Flute Quartet in D (K. 285) and Amy Beach's luxuriant Theme and Variations (Opus 80) complete the hour.
Zhou Long: The Old Fisherman from Poems of Tang
July 8, 2001
The ancient traditions of Orthodox choral singing encompass some of the most glorious music ever written for human voices. After a long period of official silence in 20th-century Russia, this age-old legacy is again coming alive. Bill McGlaughlin's guests this week on Saint Paul Sunday are at the heart of this Renaissance. Arte Chorale—a choir of twelve men founded at the Archangel Gabriel Church in Moscow—will perform a rich cross-section of Orthodox music, from early chant to works of this century. You'll find their singing deeply beguiling to the Western ear.
Traditional (Znamennyi Rospev): O, Praise the Lord's Name
The Orion String Quartet
Antonín Dvorák: Quartet in F major, Op. 96, "American"
July 22, 2001
"They began the composition, which was for two small violins and the kind of lute known as the theorbo, with such agreeable harmony and extraordinary combinations of intervals, that I cannot recall having heard the like before... "
Such were the excited responses of a Renaissance listener to the repertoire and instrumentation of an ensemble much like the one you can hear this week on Saint Paul Sunday, when host Bill McGlaughlin welcomes the Palladian Ensemble into the studio. These four acclaimed performers play a wide range of original instruments, including recorders, violins, viola da gamba, theorbo, lute, and guitar. Combining extraordinary musicianship with a sure historical grasp of their chosen repertoire, the Palladians breathe new life into music composed centuries ago. In the words of the New Yorker, the ensemble fuses "musical vivacity with consummate technical élan" as they play works by Marais, Cazzati, and Barsanti, as well as their own arrangements and improvisations.
Marurizio Cazzati: Suite
The Language of Passion
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-Nos. 1 and 2
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