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July 2000

July 2 - July 9 - July 16 - July 23 - July 30

The Albert McNeil Jubilee Singers
July 2, 2000
  Albert McNeil Jubilee Singers
Rocka Your Soul

Out of the African-American experience a powerful and enduring musical legacy was born. This week on Saint Paul Sunday host Bill McGlaughlin welcomes a vibrant ensemble that has stood at the heart of this legacy for over three decades. The Albert McNeil Jubilee singers perform in a rich range of African-American styles, including spirituals, gospel, and jazz. Two haunting South-African arrangements grace the program as well.

arr. Howard Roberts: Rocka My Soul
arr. Hall Johnson: Jesus Lay Your Head in the Winder
arr. Albert McNeil: John the Revelator
arr. Albert McNeil: Dry Bones
Thomas Dorsey/arr. Arnold Sevier: Precious Lord
arr. Moses Hogan: I'm Gonna Sing 'till the Spirit Moves Me
South African Freedom Song: Siyahamb' ekuhanyen'Kwenkhos' ("We are Marching in the Light of God")
Miriam Makeba/arr. Larry Farrow: Non QonQuo
Rosephanye Powell: The Word Was God
Robert Page: There's a City Called Heaven
arr. Larry Farrow: Blessed Quietness
arr. Larry Farrow: O Happy Day

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Lars Vogt, piano
July 9, 2000
  Lars Vogt
The Language of Passion

Ludwig van Beethoven has for so long loomed a giant of Western culture that the sheer originality of his music when it first appeared is sometimes forgotten. This week on Saint Paul Sunday, the brilliant young German pianist Lars Vogt explores Beethoven's music at its most intimate and influential, as well as its most beloved and profound. Vogt will bring us the first two of the Opus 126 Bagatelles - the final piano works Beethoven composed. "He put all his wisdom and all his mystic language into these works," observes Vogt. "People didn't understand them in Beethoven's time." Vogt will also perform one of the best-loved works in any repertoire, the Appasionata sonata, as well as the evocative "Theme and Variations" by Tatyana Komarova, who also happens to be his wife.

Ludwig van Beethoven: Bagatelles, Op. 126-No1 & 2
Tatanya Komarova: Theme and Variations
Ludwig van Beethoven: Sonata No. 23 in f minor, Op. 57 "Appassionata"

Listen to Lars Vogt talk with guest host Jorja Fleezanis. (RealAudio 3.0; how to listen)
On his life as a pianist
On Beethoven's "Appasionata" Sonata

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St. Lawrence String Quartet
July 16, 2000
  Saint Lawrence String Quartet
River of Sound

The Saint Lawrence String Quartet takes its name from the mighty Saint Lawrence River - a name that hints at their passion for the flowing, swirling currents of Schumann, whose emotional and evocative music is the essence of the Romantic age. This young Canadian ensemble has just released a recording of Schumann string quartets, and this week on Saint Paul Sunday they join host Bill McGlaughlin to bring us a magnificent interpretation of the Third - a piece that showcases their affinity for the subtle coloring of Schumann's works for the genre. Plus, there's an inventive offering by the classical string quartet genius Franz Joseph Haydn, and the urgent and menacing third movement from Shostakovich's own Quartet in F major - a riveting evocation of German troops tramping through Russia during the Second World War.

Franz Joseph Haydn: Quartet in D major, Op. 76, No. 5
    "Sunrise"-I. Allegro con spirito
Robert Schumann: Quartet in A major, Op. 41, No. 3
Dmitri Shostakovich: Quartet No. 3 in F major, Op.73-
    III. Allegro non troppo

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Assad Duo
July 23, 2000

"I believe we were always meant to be a team - right from the first time we picked up our guitars. We began playing guitar at exactly the same time, we always studied with the same teachers and learned the same music and technique. Such interaction can only happen with brothers... we shared every aspect of our musical education together."

Assad Duo

These are the words of guitarist Sérgio Assad, who visits Saint Paul Sunday this week with his brother Odair. The Brazilian-born duo will present a vibrant sound-portrait of South America through its most celebrated instrument - works by Astor Piazzolla, Egberto Gismonti, Antonio Carlos Jobim, and Sérgio himself. The near-telepathic artistry these brothers share has won them a devoted worldwide following. Discover why for yourself this week on Saint Paul Sunday.

Astor Piazzolla: Zita (from Suite Troileana)
    Andante (from Tango Suite)
    Allegro (from Tango Suite)
Egberto Gismonti: Baião Malandro
    Agua e vinho
Antonio Carlos Jobim: Cronica da Casa Assassinada
Sergio Assad: Eterna, Samba

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July 30, 2000
Sound of the Times

You'll hear chamber music in all its splendid variety this week on Saint Paul Sunday when Bill McGlaughlin welcomes Eberli into the studio. These four musicians - clarinetist Evan Spritzer, violinist Andrea Schultz, cellist Michael Finckel, and pianist Evelyne Luest - will bring a solo by Aaron Jay Kernis, a trio by Max Bruch, and a charming quartet by Peter Schickele. The works, wonderfully performed, affirm that the legacy of classical chamber music is alive and well in our own century.

Yehudi Wyner: Tanz and Maissele (Dance and Little Story)
Max Bruch: Acht Stücke (Eight Pieces), Op. 83-II. Allegro
Aaron Jay Kernis: Lullaby for solo piano
Peter Schickele: Quartet for Clarinet, Violin, Cello and Piano

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