March 3, 2002
Owing to its intimacy and self-direction, chamber music at its best always engages a process of give and take. The Avalon String Quartet, Bill McGlaughlin's guests this week on Saint Paul Sunday, lend a dazzling musicianship to this chemistry, one that glows both within their close circle and through ongoing collaboration with several master ensembles of our day, including the Juilliard, Emerson, and Vermeer string quartets. Currently in residence at Juilliard, the Avalon's emerging presence on the American music scene signals the arrival of an exhilarating new voice.
Franz Joseph Haydn: Quartet in A Major, Op. 2, No. 1
March 10, 2002
Roots and Memory
By brutal decree in 1492, the Jews of Spain were forced to abandon their ancestral faith or flee. Out of their far-reaching exile, the Sephardic world emerged, a nomadic culture loyal to its faith and Hispanic roots yet marked by vivid encounters with traditions from North Africa to the Balkans. This week on Saint Paul Sunday, gamba master Jordi Savall, soprano Monsterrat Figueras, and Hespèrion XXI perform the deeply affecting music of this legacy, one whose spirit of cultural openness still rings in the music, if not always the streets, of our own time.
Diaspora Sefardí: "Roots and Memory"
Franz Schubert: Sonata in a minor for Arpeggione, D. 821
Listen to Rebecca Clarke's Morpheus performed by violist Paul Coletti and pianist Phillip Bush.
Listen to Rebecca Clarke's Sonata for Viola and Piano performed by Paul Coletti and Phillip Bush.
March 24, 2002
How has the New World enlivened those traditional musical forms it inherited from the Old? This week, Bill McGlaughlin's acclaimed young guests, violist Nokuthula Ngwenyama and the Miami String Quartet, offer some delicious clues. The centerpiece of the program is Mozart's first viola quintet, written when the composer was just 17 but prophetic of the richness to come. Movements from two more works--Antonín Dvorák's Opus 97 viola quintet, written during the composer's three-year stay in the United States, and Argentine composer Alberto Ginastera's first quartet--observe a European musical language in distinctly North and South American styles.
Alberto Ginastera: Quartet No. 1, Op. 20
March 31, 2002
For ninety years, the St. Olaf Choir has enthralled audiences around the world with extraordinary musicianship, a poetic acumen for phrasing and text, and its own rich and distinctive sound. Bill McGlaughlin welcomes the celebrated ensemble and its conductor, Anton Armstrong, into the Saint Paul Sunday studio this week for a special Easter program spanning five centuries. We'll hear music of Palestrina, Billings, Gretchaninoff, Copland, and two of the choir's former conductors: founder F. Melius Christiansen and noted living composer Kenneth Jennings.
Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina: Sicut cervus
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