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August 1998

August 2 - August 9 - August 16 - August 23 - August 30

The Dale Warland Singers, with composer Dominick Argento
AUGUST 2, 1998

"Nothing so pure, so fair lies on the surface of the earth. It is a clear and deep green well, half a mile long; a perennial spring in the midst of pine and oak woods.

It is earth's eye; looking into which the beholder measures the depth of his own nature; it is a mirror which no stone can crack, whose quicksilver will never wear off; a mirror which retains no breath that is breathed on it, but sends its own to float as clouds high above its surface, and be reflected on its bosom still."

Henry David Thoreau wrote these words in Walden, and this week on Saint Paul Sunday you can hear them set to music as Dominick Argento, one of our own finest composers joins The Dale Warland Singers, one of America's finest choral ensembles, for a performance of his new work Walden Pond. The haunting five-movement work inspired by Thoreau's rural classic is a series of nocturnes and barcaroles for mixed chorus, three cellos, and harp. Argento himself will introduce the performance. The program is one of several the singers are presenting to celebrate their Silver Anniversary. John Corigliano's Baudelaire setting "L'Invitation au Voyage" and four American folk songs will round out the broadcast.
Photos: Dominick Argento, Dale Warland 1, Dale Warland 2, Dale Warland Singers

John Corigliano: L'Invitation au Voyage
Dominick Argento: Walden Pond
arr. Edwin Fissinger: Skip to My Lou
arr. Stephen Paulus: Water is Wide
arr. Carol Barnett: Oh, Yes!
arr. John Rutter: Black Sheep

The Lanier Trio
AUGUST 9, 1997

Among chamber ensembles, the piano trio perhaps demands the keenest balancing act. This week on Saint Paul Sunday, Bill McGlaughlin welcomes an ensemble at the height of the form. They're the Lanier Trio, and they're going to perform a work by Dvorák, as well as a new work by composer Stephen Paulus inspired by the ensemble's namesake, the Southern Civil War poet Sidney Lanier. The broadcast will trace the unique history of the piano trio through performances of one of its finest current incarnations.
Photo: The Lanier Trio

Stephen Paulus: Music of the Night
Dvorák: Trio in Bb major, Opus 21

Barry Douglas, piano
AUGUST 16, 1998

"The mind of an analyst, the sensitivity of a poet, and the fingers of a magician ..." That's how one critic described the artistry of Irish pianist Barry Douglas, who will appear this week on Saint Paul Sunday. Douglas has taken the concert world by storm since winning the Tchaikovsky Competition in 1986. His Saint Paul Sunday program includes Rachmaninoff's "Moments Musicaux" and Schubert's "Wanderer Fantasie."
Photos 1, 2, 3

Rachmaninoff: Moments Musicaux, Op. 16
Schubert: Wanderer Fantasie, Op. 15, D.760

Sanford Sylvan, baritone
AUGUST 23, 1998

The art of singing demands the vibrant balancing of music and text. Bill McGlaughlin's guest this week on Saint Paul Sunday - baritone Sanford Sylvan - is a master of both tonal and textual eloquence. This week with pianist David Breitman, he'll sing works of Schubert, Ravel, and Hugo Wolf, as well as two hauntingly beautiful songs by the living composer John Harbison.

Schubert: Auf dem Wasser zu singen
  Wehmut; De Zwerg; Die Mutter Erde
Ravel: from Histoires naturelles
  Le Paon; Le Grillon; Le Cygne
John Harbison: from Flashes and Dedications
  On the Greve; December 1
Hugo Wolf: An die Geliebte
  Fußreise; An eine Aeolscharfe; Elfenlied

Richard Stoltzman, clarinet; with composer and pianist Lukas Foss
AUGUST 30, 1998

What would happen if you could team up George Gershwin, Aaron Copland, and Leonard Bernstein with two of America's finest performers? Find out this week on Saint Paul Sunday when host Bill McGlaughlin welcomes clarinet wizard Richard Stoltzman and composer-pianist Lukas Foss. Together they'll celebrate "The American Connection" - a lively exploration of this country's great composers, including Foss himself. Listen in for some of America's brightest musical fireworks.
Photos: Richard Stoltzman, Lukas Foss

George Gershwin: Three Preludes
Aaron Copland: Piano Blues
Lukas Foss: Composer's Holiday; Fantasy Rondo
Leonard Bernstein: Sonata for Clarinet and Piano


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