June 1 - June
8 - June 15 - June 22
- June 29
June 1, 2003
The nine exceptionally gifted young artists of Concertante perform as
various ensembles, from familiar combinations of five and six to the
rarer mélange of the nonet. This week on Saint Paul Sunday, Concertante
visits the studio as a sextet to play two seldom-heard jewels of the
chamber repertoire: Johannes Brahms's Opus 18 String Sextet, a serene
and sunny work that nonetheless reflects a hard-won transcendence of
loss, and Pyotr Tchaikovsky's suggestively beautiful Souvenir de Florence.
In whatever form it happens to take, Concertante performs with great
insight and dash.
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Johannes Brahms: Sextet in B flat Major, Op. 1
—I. Allegro ma non troppo
Pyotr Tchaikovsky: Sextet in d minor, Op. 70 (“Souvenir
—I. Allegro con spirito
—II. Adagio cantabile e con moto Moderato
Johannes Brahms: Sextet in B flat Major, Op. 18
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recordings visit Public Radio Musicsource.
Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center: David Shifrin,
clarinet; Fred Sherry, cello; Anne-Marie McDermott, piano
June 8, 2003
Lease on Life
Whether were 6 or 60, we all need a fresh start
from time to time. This week on Saint Paul Sunday, we hear a work that
gave the 58-year old Johannes Brahms a new lease on life. After having
vowed to retire, Brahms heard a performance by clarinet virtuoso Richard
Mühlfeld. So moved was he that he took up the pen again and composed
a clarinet trio--his sole venture in the form. This week Bill McGlaughlin
welcomes an brilliant threesome drawn from the ranks of the Chamber
Music Society of Lincoln Center to play it. In addition to Mühlfeld's
trio, clarinetist David Shifrin, cellist Fred Sherry, and pianist Anne-Marie
McDermott will also perform Aaron Jay Kerniss Trio in Red,"
a work that charts distinctly different emotional territory.
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Aaron Jay Kernis: Trio in Red
Johannes Brahms: Trio in a minor for clarinet, cello, and piano,
Pieter Wispelwey, cello; Dejan Lazic, piano
June 15, 2003
A human voice, a beam of light, a fiery village dance? To whatever impressions
the cello stirs in you, cellist Pieter Wispelwey and pianist Dejan Lazic will
add their own brilliant luster. This week on Saint Paul Sunday, the acclaimed
duo brings to life three distinct faces of the instrument: music from the late
eighteenth, middle nineteenth, and early twentieth centuries. Along with sonatas
of Beethoven and Zoltán Kodály, well hear Chopins little
known Grande Polonaise Brillante for Cello and Piano in C Major.
Zoltán Kodály: Sonata for Cello, Op. 8 (1915)
—I. Allegro maestoso ma appassionata
Ludwig van Beethoven: Sonata for Cello and Piano in g minor,
Op. 5 No. 2
—I. Adagio sostenuto e espressivo
—II. Allegro molto piu tosto presto
—III. Rondo (Allegro)
Frédéric Chopin: Introduction and Grande Polonaise Brilliante
for Cello and Piano in C Major, Op. 3
June 22, 2003
“Roots and Memory"
A program exploring the musical legacy of the Sephardic Diaspora.
By brutal decree in 1492, the Jews of Spain were forced either to abandon
their ancestral faith or flee. Out of their wide-ranging exile emerged
a nomadic culture loyal to its faith and Hispanic roots yet marked by
vivid encounters with traditions from North Africa to the Balkans. Celebrated
gamba master Jordi Savall, soprano Monsterrat Figueras, and Hespèrion
XXI perform some of the deeply affecting music of this Sephardic world:
a world whose embrace of ethnic otherness still rings in the music,
if not always the streets, of our own time.
About the Sephardic Diaspora
Andalucia: Saeta antiqua
Si ay perdut mon saber (Ponç d’Ortafà)
A la una yo nací
Axerico de quince años
La Guirnalda de Rosas
For information about Hespèrion
XXI recordings visit Public Radio MusicSource.
June 29, 2003
“All music is created equal," says Peter Schickele. "In
other words, if it sounds good, it is good." The three intrepid
sisters of Ahn Trio--Maria, Lucia, and Angella --have made this truth
their own since first performing together as young girls.The Ahns' program
this week on Saint Paul Sunday continues the tradition. Beginning with
Franz Joseph Haydn’s masterful final piano trio, the trio offers
two compelling works by contemporary composers Kenji Bunch and John
Musto, and closes with an atmospheric arrangement of '60s rock icon
Jim Morrison’s “Riders on the Storm." Under these
sisters' unique spell it all fits together.
ConcentratiAhn at the official Ahn Trio Web site
From the Archives
"Ahn the Road" to Rochester,
by Vaughn Ormseth
Franz Joseph Haydn: Trio No. 45 in Eb major, Hob. XV:29
John Musto: Piano Trio (1998)
—II. Slowly, Allegro molto
Kenji Bunch: Slow Movement
Jim Morrison: Riders On The Storm
For information about The
Ahn Trio recordings visit Public Radio MusicSource.
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