Monthly Archives: October, 2020

S5-09: Circle Round

Published - October 31, 2020

“I love ensemble work.  I love making pieces and building things together.”  – Uzo Aduba   In performance, of course, ensembles face the audience.  But in rehearsal, the performers will sometimes sit in a circle, playing toward one another.  That brings an intimacy and connectedness that brings the music to a whole new level.  This week, all female ensembles circle round to play music that crosses the centuries.   Circle Round   Anonymous, Montpellier Codex:  Dame, que je n’os noumer Anonymous 4 “Love’s Illusion” Harmonia Mundi 907109 Leonard Bernstein:  West Side Story Suite Eroica Trio “An American Journey” EMI Classics 7351

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S5-08: Strung Along, Part 2

Published - October 24, 2020

“What really counts isn’t whether your instrument is Baroque or modern: it’s your mindset.”  – Sir Simon Rattle   What would it be to step back in time, just for a moment, to listen to the music of Barbara Strozzi or Leonora Duarte as it was when it was new?  We are fortunate to have musicians and historians today dedicated to presenting that music on the instruments for which it was composed.  We’ll hear some of those performances today.   Strung Along, Part 2 Giuseppe Maria Dall’Abaco:  Capriccio primo Elinor Frey, baroque cello “La Voce del Violoncello” Passacaille 993 C.P.E. Bach: 

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S5-07: Voices Raised, Part 4

Published - October 17, 2020

  “Those who wish to sing always find a song.”  – Swedish proverb   On this episode, we listen to women’s voices raised together in song, with words and music that can touch one’s soul.  And although these groups have had to set aside their rehearsals and performances during the pandemic, their music and voices carry on.   Voices Raised, Part 4:     Jetse Bremer:  Shall I Compare Thee to a Summer’s Day (text by Shakespeare) Wishful Singing “Time Travels” WSP Hildegard of Bingen:  Favus Distillans, from Symphonia armonie celestium revelationum Voice “Musical Harmony” VOIMH 13 Abbie Betinis:  A Blessing of

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S5-06: Plucked, Part 3

Published - October 10, 2020

“My guitar is not a thing.  It is an extension of myself.  It is who I am.”  – Joan Jett   What do harps, guitars, and harpsichords all have in common?  They are all plucked instruments.  This week, music from all of these instruments, from several talented musicians.   Plucked, Part 3:   Arnold Bax:  Valse for Solo Harp Marcia Dickstein, harp “Bax: Chamber Music for Harp” RCM 19801 Gabriel Faure:  Impromptu, Op. 86 Naoko Yoshino, harp “Claire de Lune – Musique romantique pour harpe” Philips 446064 J.C.F. Bach:  Harpsichord Sonata in D Major Elaine Comparone, harpsichord “J.C.F. Bach (The

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S5-05: Patchwork Quilt, Part XXIII

Published - October 3, 2020

“Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.” ― Plato   Time for another Patchwork Quilt episode, and this week, we’re pulling music from the 12th century all the way into the present.   Patchwork Quilt XXIII: Christopher Rouse:  Flute Concerto, Movement 2 Carol Wincenc, flute Houston Symphony Orchestra; Christoph Eschenbach, conductor “Symphony No. 2/Flute Concerto/Phaeton” Telarc 80452 Paul Hindemith:  Sonata Alice Giles, harp “Especially” Tall Poppies 213 Franz Schubert:  Death and the Maiden St. Paul Chamber Orchestra; Patricia Kopatchinskaja, conductor “Death and the Maiden” Alpha 265 Hildegard of Bingen:  Spiritui sancto honor

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