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March 2002

March 3 - March 10 - March 17 - March 24 - March 31

The Avalon String Quartet
March 3, 2002
Inspired Exchange

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
Maurice Ravel: Quartet in F Major for strings

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Hespčrion XXI
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"
    Andalucia: Saeta antiqua
    Si ay perdut mon saber (Ponç d'Ortafà)
    A la una yo nací
    Axerico de quince años
    La Guirnalda de Rosas

Read more about the Sephardic Diaspora and its music.
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  Paul Coletti
Paul Coletti, viola; Phillip Bush, piano

March 17, 2002
Uncovered Treasure

"The 21st century is the century for the viola," says masterful Scottish violist Paul Coletti, who, along with pianist Phillip Bush, affirms the point brilliantly this week on Saint Paul Sunday. In addition to performing Franz Schubert's beloved "Arpeggione" sonata and a serene folk arrangement by Percy Grainger, Coletti introduces us to two works by another remarkable violist, Rebecca Clarke (1886-1979), whose long-overdue recognition as a serious composer is transforming the repertoire.

Franz Schubert: Sonata in a minor for Arpeggione, D. 821
    -I. Allegro moderato
Rebecca Clarke: Morpheus
Rebecca Clarke: Sonata for Viola and Piano
Percy Grainger: The Sussex Mummers' Carol

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.

Paul Coletti's Discography - More about Rebecca Clarke

  Nokuthulu Ngwenyama
The Miami String Quartet with Nokuthula Ngwenyama, viola
March 24, 2002
Fabulous Five

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
    -IV. Allegramente rustico
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: String Quintet in B flat major, KV 174
     -I. Allegro moderato
     -II. Adagio
Antonín Dvorák: Quintet in E flat major, Op. 97
     -III. Larghetto
     -IV. Finale; Allegro giusto

Nokuthula Ngwenyama Web Site

For information about Miami String Quartet recordings, visit Public Radio MusicSource.

  St. Olaf Choir
  Bill McGlaughlin and Anton Armstrong
The Saint Olaf Choir
March 31, 2002
Choir Celestial

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
William Billings: Easter Anthem
Alexander Gretchaninoff: Our Father
F. Melius Christiansen: Psalm 50 (mvmts. II, III)
György Orbán: Daemon Irrepit Callidus
Kenneth Jennings: The Lord is the Everlasting God (mvmt. II)
Aaron Copland: The Promise of Living (from The Tender Land)
arr. Dudley Cohen: Yom Seh Le-Yisrael
arr. Robert Scholz: Children of the Heavenly Father
arr. Moses Hogan: My Soul's Been Anchored in the Lord
Keith Hampton: Praise His Holy Name!

All recordings are produced by St. Olaf Records - Read The Legacy of the Saint Olaf Choir
Read Text and Translations - Artist Web Site

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