December 5 | December 12 | December 19 | December 26
The Czech Nonet
December 5, 2004
Now celebrating its 80th year, the Czech Nonet makes a visit to Saint Paul Sunday for a program that includes three works composed especially for its uncommon recipe of winds and strings. The legendary ensemble's longstanding alliance with composers has inspired some of chamber music's greatest works. We'll get tastes this week of Förster and Krejčí side-by-side with fuller courses of Dvořák and Martinů. The latter holds special significance for the ensemble and echoes an expansiveness typical of Martinů's music. Each day as a sickly young child, the composer's father, a watchman, carried him up 193 steps to the top of their village tower. Years later Martinů wrote that this sense of space was to become central to his music—"space which I always have in front of me."
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Josef Bohuslav Förster: Nonetto, Op. 147
Nonet for Violin, Viola, Cello, Doublebass, Flute, Clarinet, Oboe, Bassoon and Horn (1930)
Iša František Krejčí:
—II. Aria: Allegretto poco moderato;
—I. Introducke: Molto Allegro
Serenade in d minor, Op. 44
—I. Moderato. Quasi Marcia. 4’
—II. Minuetto 6’
—IV. Finale. Allegro molto 6’
Vaclav Dvořák, violin
Jan Nykryn, viola
Simona Hecova, cello
Radovan Hec, doublebass
Jiri Skuhra, flute
Ales Hustoles, clarinet
Jiri Krejci, oboe
Pavel Langpaul, bassoon
Vladimira Klanska, horn
Gil Shaham, violin; Akira Eguchi, piano
December 12, 2004
Although in life he encountered one "ism" after another, composer Gabriel Fauré (1845-1924) sustained throughout a musical voice all his own, leaving us some of the most spellbinding works of the past two centuries. This week on Saint Paul Sunday, Mssr. Fauré finds his perfect interpreter in Gil Shaham, who, with the sensitive collaboration of pianist Akira Eguchi, brings us the composer's first violin sonata and several beautiful shorter works. Shaham calls his affinity for the composer "Fauré Fever." Under the spell of Mr. Shaham's masterful playing, you'll catch it too.
Gabriel Fauré: Beceuse, Op. 16
Gabriel Fauré: Violin Sonata No. 1 in A major
Gabriel Fauré: Romance for Violin and Piano, Op. 28
Gabriel Fauré: Fileuse, from Pelleas et Mellisande, Op. 80
Gabriel Fauré: Morceau de lecture
Gabriel Fauré: Clair de Lune
Fauré: inventing musical forms
'Fauré's achievement was to invent musical forms which attracted our hearts and senses without debasing them. He offered an homage to Beauty in which there was not only faith, but a discreet yet irresistible passion…The delicate precision of his architecture, the concision (without dryness) of his ideas will long guide us in our moments of anxiety.' So wrote the composer Georges Auric in tribute to the subtle genius of Gabriel Fauré, a musician who had risen slowly from a modest background to become arguably the founding father of French music in the 20th century.
For more information about Gil Shaham albums, visit Public Radio MusicSource.
The Empire Brass
December 19, 2004
Brass music lends the holidays a special grandeur, and this week the celebrated Empire Brass visits Saint Paul Sunday to help ring in the season. Along with traditional tunes and carols, the quintet will play glorious antiphonal and classical works that evoke the spirit of the time. We'll hear music of Russian composers, including two of Pytor Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker Dances, as well as works by Susato, Purcell, Holborne and Albinoni.
Tylman Susato: Dance Bergeret
Sergei Prokofiev: Morning Dance from "Romeo and Juliet"
Sergei Prokofiev: Troika and Sleigh Ride from Lieutenant Kiji Suite
Tomaso Giovanni Albinoni: Introduction and Allegro
Henry Purcell: March from the Married Beau
Anonymous: Kesh and Kid on the Mountain
Anthony Holborne: Gigue
Piotr Illych Tchaikovsky: Dance Arabe and Dance Russe
Tomaso Giovanni Albinoni: Alleluia
Lowell Mason: Joy to the World
Traditional, English: The First Noël
Traditional, French: Ding Dong Merrily on High!
Traditional, Welsh (tune: Nos Galan): Deck the Halls
Traditional, English: The Holly and the Ivy
Christmas Encore: Jingle Bells / O Come, All Ye Faithful
(All arrangements are by the Empire Brass.)
For more information about Empire Brass albums, visit Public Radio MusicSource.
December 26, 2004
The piano trio is a particularly versatile and challenging form, one that has inspired composers to some of their greatest work. This week on Saint Paul Sunday the brilliant young American threesome Trio Solisti does both its chosen ensemble and repertoire proud. They'll bring us two c-minor treasures of Johannes Brahms and Felix Mendelssohn, a dazzling new work composed for them by Paul Moravec, and an unexpectedly passionate pair of Gershwin arrangements by Trio Solisti's own violinist Maria Bachmann.
Harrison: Suite; Suite for cello & harp
Trio Solisti Web site
Listen to Web-exclusive audio of Trio Solisti performing Robert Russell Bennett's arrangement of "Bess, You Is My Woman Now" from George Gershwin's Porgy and Bess.
Johannes Brahms: Piano Trio in C Minor, Op. 101
Felix Mendelssohn: Piano Trio in C Minor, Op. 66
-IV. Allegro Appassionato
Paul Moravec: Scherzo (2003)
George Gershwin, arr. Maria Bachmann: Summertime
George Gershwin, arr. Maria Bachmann: It Ain’t Necessarily So
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