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April 2000

April 2  - April 9 - April 16 - April 23 - April 30

King's Noyse
April 2, 2000
Boisterous and Beautiful
  King's Noyse
Royal France and rural England mingle delightfully on Saint Paul Sunday this week when Bill McGlaughlin hosts the King's Noyse, a celebrated ensemble that specializes in 16th- and 17th-century dance and consort music. The program begins with several affecting pieces composed for the Paris court of King Charles IX, a two-decade period commencing in 1570 and encompassing music of astonishing emotional range. The program continues with eight anonymous 17th-century English ballads, works that are by turns jaunty, touching, and serene. Throughout the program, King's Noyse soprano Ellen Hargis sings with the elegance and power for which she is justly renowned.

At the Paris Court of Charles IX (1570-90)
Anonymous: Mon Dieu la belle Entrée
Claude LeJune: Allons, allons gay
Claude LeJune: Je suis desheritée
Pierre Phalèse: Les Bouffons
Pierre Phalèse: Almade/Saltarello
Pierre Phalèse: Schiarazula Marazula
Anonymous: Ton amour ma maistresse
Phalèse: Pavane and galliard "La Battaille"
Anonymous: Laissez la verte couleur
The 17th c English ballad
Anonymous: The happy meeting
Anonymous: Boatman
Anonymous: Grimstock
Anonymous: Emperor of the Moon
Anonymous: Barbara Allen's cruelty
Anonymous: Strawberries and cream
Anonymous: Half hanniken
Anonymous: Nottingham ale to the tune of "Lilli Burlero"

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The Emerson String Quartet
April 9, 2000
Special Feature:
Shostakovich: Breaking Down Silence

  Emerson String Quartet
Few composers expressed the chaos and pathos of modern life with the compelling intensity of Dmitri Shostakovich (1906-1975). The complex impact on his genius of the grim pressures he negotiated as both an artist and a Soviet citizen - Bolshevism, Hitler's invasion, Stalin's Great Terror, and the bureaucratic absolutism of the Cold War - is undergoing fresh debate and assessment in this the 20th-anniversary year of his death. Whatever new conclusions may emerge, certainly his music now strikes audiences with an unmistakable familiarity: we experience it as music of our own time.

This week on Saint Paul Sunday, host Bill McGlaughlin welcomes the acclaimed Emerson String Quartet for a program devoted Shostakovich's string quartet cycle. The string quartet allowed him a measure of freedom from official scrutiny and the exploratory license to voice the subjective extremes of an imagination whose nature was by turns tormented, earthy, exuberant, and, in its later years, beyond the reach of other means of articulation.

Dmitri Shostakovich: Quartet No. 2 in A, Op. 68-I. Overture
Dmitri Shostakovich: Quartet No. 4 in D, Op. 83-IV. Allegretto
Dmitri Shostakovich: Quartet No. 13 in Bb minor, Op. 138

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The Bergen Woodwind Quartet
April 16, 2000
Northerly Wind
  The Bergen Woodwind Quartet
The Norwegian city Bergen is celebrated for its graceful seaside charm and its ancient cultural traditions. Its crooked cobblestone streets have long been haunted by artists and writers, and the Bergen Philharmonic is one of the oldest orchestras in the world. This week on Saint Paul Sunday, host Bill McGlaughlin welcomes a celebrated ensemble consisting of the principal winds of the Bergen Philharmonic. The Bergen Woodwind Quintet will perform music of 19th-century Italy and 20th-century Hungary and America: a vibrant program worthy of their lovely municipal namesake.

Giuseppe Maria Cambini: Quintet No. 2
David Maslanka: Quintet No. 2
Endre Szervánszky: Bläserquintett-Fuvósötös-I. Adagio/Allegro

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The Saint Olaf Choir
April 23, 2000
  The Saint Olaf Choir
Choir Celestial

For nearly 90 years, the St. Olaf Choir has enthralled audiences around the world with extraordinary musicianship, a poetic acumen for phrasing and text, and its own distinctive sound. This week, host Bill McGlaughlin welcomes this celebrated ensemble and its conductor Anton Armstrong into the Saint Paul Sunday studio for a special Easter program spanning five centuries. The choir will sing music of Palestrina, Billings, Gretchaninoff, Copland, and two of its 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
Aaron Copland: The Promise of Living (from The Tender Land)
arr. Dudley Cohen: Yom Seh Le-Yisrael
arr. Charles Scholz: Children of the Heavenly Father
arr. Moses Hogan: My Soul's Been Anchored in the Lord
Keith Hampton: Praise His Holy Name!

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Quartetto Gelato
April 30, 2000
  Quartetto Gelato
Piazzolla with Sprinkles

There's ice cream - and then there's gelato. This week, Saint Paul Sunday invites you to sample Quartetto Gelato. Hailed as the hottest group to come out of Canada since the Canadian Brass, these four artists combine woodwinds, strings, guitar, accordion, and voice into concert pieces that rejuvenate the usual chamber fare. Their delightful Saint Paul Sunday program typifies the quartet's trademark eclecticism and energy. We'll hear classical favorites, opera, early music, and South American tango, as well as affecting arrangements of the familiar tunes "Danny Boy" and "Dark Eyes." As one critic put it, "Quartetto Gelato plays with both the precision expected of a string quartet in Beethoven and the abandonment of gypsies improvising around a campfire." Tune in for the perfect springtime treat.

Rugerro Leoncavallo/arr. C. Vena: Mattinata
Antonín Dvorák/arr. Steljes: Bagatelles 2, 3
Traditional/arr. Vena: Dark Eyes
Astor Piazzolla/arr. GQ: Tanti Anni Prima
Richard Strauss/arr. McNeff: Der Rosenkavalier Suite
Ernst Krahmer: Rondeau Hongrois
Traditional/arr. Quartetto Gelato: Danny Boy

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