In chamber music, three is not a crowd. The piano trio demands the keenest balance of its elements; both individuality and unity must be given their due. Join Bill McGlaughlin this week on Saint Paul Sunday as he welcomes an ensemble in whom the rigors of trio performance find a perfect match.
The Paris Piano Trio began performing together as teenagers at the Paris Conservatory and have remained true to that collaborative spirit in the decades since, in addition to celebrated solo careers. This Sunday, they'll play works by Ludwig van Beethoven, Ernst Chausson, and Maurice Ravel.
Ludwig van Beethoven: Trio in G major, Op. 1, No. 2 -
Talk about cult followings! This week the female vocal ensemble Anonymous 4 will sing bring the music of Hildegard of Bingen to Saint Paul Sunday. Both the singers and the composer, a medieval abbess, have won fervent popularity in recent years. Hildegard's visionary contributions to medicine, natural history, and theology have a timeless reach. Anonymous 4 will perform the festal chants she composed to honor Ursula, a fifth-century saint who, along with the 11,000 women she inspired, chose martyrdom over forced pagan marriage.
This week's program places the ecstatic works Hildegard composed for Ursula's feast day in their original liturgical setting so that modern listeners can, in the words of Anonymous 4's Susan Hellauer, "experience the powerful impression they made on their first hearers, both as evocations of the holy events they commemorate, and as pure works of art." Anonymous 4 animates these ancient musical prayers with virtuosity and excitement.
Ahrweil Antiphoner (13th c.): Hymn: Jesu corona virginum
August 20, 2000
Czech music reveals a remarkable facet of the Slavic soul: the capacity to shift in a moment from the whimsical to the profound. Bill McGlaughlin's guests this week on Saint Paul Sunday convey this spirit with brilliance and authenticity. The kampa String Quartet will perform Leó Janácek's second quartet ("Intimate Letters"), Mozart's Adagio and fugue in c minor, and a Moravian folk tune that shares a surprising resonance with our own Appalachian styles. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Adagio and Fugue in c minor, K.546
Leó Janácek: Quartet No. 2 "Intimate Letters"
arr. Fischer/Sedmidubsky: Moravian Folk Tune
Garrick Ohlsson, piano
George Frederic Handel: Suite in F major
Audio from previous shows is archived in the program catalog. Go to the catalog to listen to previous shows.