Peter Nagy, piano
September 2, 2001
The viola has been favored by many classical composers - not only for the human sound of its voice, but also as a personal instrument of choice. This week on Saint Paul Sunday, Bill McGlaughlin welcomes one of the world's greatest violists, Kim Kashkashian. She'll perform Schumann's fantasy pieces (Op. 730), along with sonatas by Johannes Brahms and Dmitri Shostakovich. Listen in and discover why Kim Kashkashian is considered such a marvelous musical storyteller.
Robert Schumann: Fantasiestücke, Op. 73
LAGQ (Los Angeles Guitar Quartet)
"The group performed with the sort of inspired yet deceptively easygoing virtuosity that exists when discipline and spontaneity are balanced to perfection."
Bill Kanengiser: Mbira
September 16, 2001
Listen in for music making of the highest order this week on Saint Paul Sunday when host Bill McGlaughlin welcomes the brother-sister duo violinist Christian Tetzlaff and cellist Tanja Tetzlaff. First we'll hear Christian perform J. S. Bach's Sonata No. 1 in g minor, a work of great beauty and virtuosity. Next up is Zoltán Kodály's passionate Duo for violin and cello. Kodály conceived this remarkable work out of the rich traditions of Hungarian folk music he'd spent a lifetime exploring and recrafting. Don't miss these unforgettable performances.
Johann Sebastian Bach: Sonata No. 1 in g minor, BWV 1001
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
The Basilica of St. Mary in Minneapolis is the perfect setting for this week's Saint Paul Sunday, when host Bill McGlaughlin welcomes the 10-member British choral ensemble the Tallis Scholars. Named for the English renaissance composer Thomas Tallis, the group has made its international reputation by resurrecting once-forgotten marvels of renaissance music and performing them with breathtaking perfection. Echoes of cloister walks and cathedral spires resound as the Tallis Scholars bring you a rich tapestry of sacred pieces by renaissance masters John Browne, Nicholas Gombert, and William Byrd.
William Byrd: Emendemus in melius
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