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hosted alternate weeks by Meera Collier and Nicholas Mitchell
It airs Thursdays on KUSP Santa Cruz, 88.9 FM, 7:00-9:30pm (Pacific Time)

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The nativity by Lorenzo Monaco

The nativity by Lorenzo Monaco

 

Merry Christmas!!!

Musica della sera

Classical Music 7:00-9:30pm

Hosted by Nicholas Mitchell

Playlist for December 25, 2014

ShawParkerHymnsAndCarols

For Christmas night Musica della sera focuses on traditional hymns and carols: inspired arrangements done by Robert Shaw in collaboration with Alice Parker in the 1950′s, and performed under the baton of Robert Shaw in 1993 for the album Song of Angels: Christmas Hymns & Carols.

Robert Shaw

Choral arranger and conductor Robert Shaw at work

Alice Parker

Alice Parker

Recently I was contacted by Sherry Nelson, who was involved in this production as director of the venue. She gave me some background on the recording and shared some of her memories:

Songs of Angels, Christmas Hymns & Carols was recorded by Telarc at Spivey Hall at in Morrow, Georgia in summer of 1993 so it could be released for Christmas that year. Robert Shaw served as Distinguished Visiting Professor of Music for five years at Clayton State University, home of Spivey Hall.

Spivey Hall

Spivey Hall at Clayton State University in Morrow, Georgia

 

He chose a select choir of voices from his extraordinary Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus to serve as his Spivey Hall resident Chamber Singers. For this recording, he wanted to revisit the music on his beloved Christmas LPs many of us grew up with in the ’60s. His Chamber Singers recorded in the heat of the Georgia summer with all air conditioning turned off to keep the sound pure. To put the singers in the Christmas spirit, the Spivey Hall staff and I decorated Christmas trees on the stage. I served as founding director of Spivey Hall from 1990-2006 and was privileged to present choral performances for five years working with Robert Shaw toward the end of his life and extraordinary career. He marveled at the acoustics, so exquisite that Robert Shaw gave us this quote: “Spivey Hall is to Music what Light is to Painting”

I grew up listening to the LP (with the colorful holiday ornaments on the dust cover). Robert Shaw so loved the original arrangements, he believed his new recording would stand the test of time.   After sixteen years of listening to performances at Spivey Hall, I can “hear” the sound of the room in the Schubert: Songs for Male Chorus, another Spivey Hall recording released on Telarc in 1994. When you listen carefully, you can almost feel the singers breathe.

Spivey Hall on the Water

Spivey Hall from across the pond.

You may also be familiar with Performance Today broadcasts, beginning in 1992 the Washington DC based production team aired hundreds of Spivey Hall performances and recorded their own 1998 NPR Classics release of “Angels Watching Over Me” a recording of spirituals sung by mezzo soprano Denyce Graves and gospel choir.  The Performance Today crew with host Martin Goldsmith broadcast four days live from the Spivey stage throughout the world celebrating the 1996 Olympic Games. In January 2016 Spivey Hall will celebrate 25 years since opening concerts in 1991 with a performance by Chanticleer, among the first vocal ensembles to sing at Spivey Hall and be featured in NPR broadcasts.  If you ever get to Atlanta, you must visit and hear for yourself why it is so unique…it is less than a half hour drive from the airport, and my successor Executive and Artistic Director Sam Dixon will welcome you with a VIP tour and great stories.

Sherry Nelson

A couple years ago I contacted Christopher Cock, tenor soloist who is heard most notably on “Mary Had a Baby” and “The Cherry Tree Carol”. In his reply he wrote:

Not too much to tell about “Songs of Angels.”  Recorded in hot August in Atlanta I assume in summer of ’93? (I’m sure it says in the liner notes).

I think Mr. Shaw relished those late years and a return to his choral roots.  I worked with him frequently during the last ten years of his life and certainly cherish the experience, musically and otherwise.

Christopher Cock

I wrote about my affection for this recording in the blog post for my 2012 Christmas Show two years ago. Incidentally, I also put together an eclectic anthology of Christmas music, fruits of a rather long session of YouTube searches. If you’re feeling adventurous, the links all still seem to be good: Musica della sera: Supplemental Music Videos for the 12/13/2012 Show.

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All Is Calm 100 Years Ago

Cantus and Theater Latte’ Da Present: All Is Calm: the Christmas Truce of 1914; by Peter Rothstein, musical arrangements by Erick Lichte and Timothy C. Takach

Out of the violence a silence, then a song. A German soldier steps into No Man’s Land singing “Stille Nacht.” Thus begins an extraordinary night of camaraderie, music, peace. A remarkable true story, told in the words and songs of the men who lived it.

 

–Meera

The playlist for tonight’s show is here.

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Alfred Brendel reads his poetry, remarks on musical humor and audience coughs.

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Last May at the Hay Festival of Literature and Arts in Wales Austrian pianist and author Alfred Brendel sat down with Sean Rafferty, host of the BBC Radio 3 series “In Tune”, and talked about the literary phase of his career where his focus has been since retiring from concert performance.  Here are highlights, which include him reading the poem transcribed here.  I also include the German version which I found here.

Buddhas and Santas

by Alfred Brendel

The Gentle Buddha
ensconced in his fat
dripping sometimes
in hot weather
numb with content
what happened
to make him jump up
howling in anger
hopping
on one foot
before falling to the floor
thudding
flailing his thousand redeeming arms
now irredeemably entangled
a raging knot
helplessly writhing on his back

Some knew what had happened
a snakebite in the foot
others knew better
on a bee
his bottom
had come to rest
the truth was
he couldn’t cope with peace any longer
it’s a strain being holy
now there he lies
and his disciples
wipe the foam from his mouth
disentangle his arms
horrified
and wait for his rage to blow over
the moon face to smoothe itself
the divinity to sit there
in proper style
silent
arms folded
eyes half-closed
imperturbable

Buddhas und Weihnachtsmänner

Der sanfte Buddha
in seinem Fett ruhend
triefend manchmal
bei heißem Wetter
in Zufriedenheit erstarrt
was geschah
daß er plötzlich aufsprang
vor Wut brüllend
hüpfend
auf einem Bein
bevor er zu Boden fiel
aufklatschend
mit seinen tausend heilbringenden Armen rudernd
bis sie sich heillos verfingen
ein Zornknäuel
hilflos auf dem Rücken zappelnd

Die einen wissen was geschah
ein Schlangenbiß in den Fuß
die anderen wissen es besser
auf einer Hornisse
sei ein Gesäß
zum Sitzen gekommen
In Wahrheit
hielt er den Frieden nicht mehr aus
Heiligsein ist anstrengend
Nun liegt er da
und seine Schüler
entfernen den Schaum von seinem Mund
entwirren
voller Entsetzen
seine ineinander verschlungenen Arme
und warten darauf
daß der heilige Zorn verraucht
das Mondgesicht sich glättet
der Göttliche wieder so dasitzt
wie man es von ihm erwarten darf
schweigend
die Hände gefaltet
die Augen halb geschlossen
unverrückbar

In my teenage years I devoured a budget 21-record box set (mail order label Murray Hill) of him playing the complete works of Beethoven. I enjoy Brendel’s complete Beethoven sonatas on CD nowadays, but I miss the other piano works. The LPs are no longer playable.

—N.M.

The last piece in the puzzle.

This week I present Pianist #32, completing our series of featuring a different piano for each of the Beethoven piano sonatas that we started at the beginning of the year. You thought we were done with that. We liked to think we were done with that, too, but not quite…we were unable to get our hands on a unique pianist for the two short piano sonatas that comprise Opus 49 (Meera presented Ronald Brautigam playing both back in June).

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During a recent visit to Amoeba record store in San Francisco Meera at long last tracked down a recording of Christian Leotta playing the pair, so we’re going to make it in time before for the end of the year, weather permitting. (Writing this as a monster storm batters the area.)

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Fish Ornament from Christmas Past

This is also the lesser of my two holiday season programs. Which usually means a fair amount of music composed for Christmas but not widely recognized as such. (This year my turn to host also falls on Christmas Night, and that will most assuredly be my Christmas Show Majoris.)

─N.M.

Playlist for Thursday, December 11, 2014

Time

(approx)

Composer

Selection

Performers

Record Title

Label

7:00

Frederic Chopin

Mazurka Op.56, No.1
in B-Flat Major, No.2 in C Major; Op.24, No.3 in A-Flat major; No.4 in B-Flat
Minor

Artur Rubinstein, piano

Chopin: The Mazurkas

RCA

7:20

Ludwig van Beethoven

Piano Sonata No.19 in G Minor, Op.49, No.
1; Piano Sonata No.20 in G Major, Op.49, No.2

Christian Leotta,
piano

Beethoven: Piano Sonatas, Volume 3

Atma Classique

7:42

Rodgers &
Hammerstein

Edelweiss

Bryn Terfel, bass-baritone; English Northern Philharmonia; Paul Daniel, conductor

The All-Star
Christmas Album

Deutsche Grammophon

 

Johannes
Brahms

Wiegenlied (lullaby)

Anne
Sofievon Otter, mezzo-soprano; Bengt
Forsberg, piano

 

Andrew Lloyd Webber

Pie Jesu from Requiem

Sarah Brightman, soprano; Paul
Miles-Kingston, treble; Winchester Cathedral Choir; James Lancelot, organ;
English Chamber Orchestra; Lorin Maazel, conductor

 

Heinrich
Kaminski

Maria
durch ein Dornwald ging

Dresdner
Kreuzchor; Matthias Jung, conductor

 

W.A. Mozart

Laudate Dominum from Vesperae solennes de confessore, K. 339

Cheryl Studer, soprano; London
Symphony Orchestra; Ion Marin, conductor

8:00

Gregorian

Hymn
for Christmas Vespers: Christe Redemptor
Omnium

Choir
of the Vienna Hofburgkapelle; Josef Schabasser, director

Gregorian
Chants for Christmas, Schütz: A Christmas Story

Alegretto

 

Franz Biebl

Ave Maria

Voces8; *Christian Forshaw, saxophone

Eventide

Decca

 

Morten Lauridsen

O
magnum mysterium

 

Thomas Tallis

Te lucis ante terminum*

 

Traditional

Prosa: Salve mater misericordie;
Fuguing tune: Bethlehem;
Carol: Veni redemptor gencium; Carol ballad: The Cherry Tree Carol

Anonymous
4

The
Cherry Tree: Songs, Carols & Ballads for Christmas

Harmonia
Mundi

8:30

Felix Mendelssohn

Hear My Prayer (interrupted by automated Emergency Alert
System flood warning)

Jeremy Budd, treble; Choir of St. Paul’s Cathedral; Andrew
Lucas, organ; John Scott, conductor

Hear My Prayer

Musical Heritage Society

 

J.S. Bach

Agnus Dei from Mass in B Minor, BWV

Alison
Balsom, trumpet; Colm
Carey, organ; Alina Ibragimova,
violin; Alistair Ross, chamber organ; Mark Caudle, viola da
gamba

Bach
Works for Trumpet

EMI

 

Gregorio Allegri

Miserere Mei

Jeremy Budd, treble; Choir of St. Paul’s Cathedral; Andrew
Lucas, organ; John Scott, conductor

Hear My Prayer

Musical Heritage Society

9:10

Traditional

Taladh ar Slanaighear; The Moon Shines Bright

Quadriga Consort; Nikolaus Newerkla, harpsichord & conductor; Elisabeth Kaplan, voice; Angelika Huemer, recorders & violada gamba; Karin Silldorff, recorders; Dominika Teufel, viola da gamba; Peter Trefflinger, cello; Laurenz Schiffenmüller, percussion

On a Cold Winter’s Day

Carpe Diem

 

Felix Mendelssohn

Hear My Prayer

Jeremy Budd, treble; Choir of St. Paul’s Cathedral; Andrew
Lucas, organ; John Scott, conductor

Hear My Prayer

Musical Heritage Society

 

Musica della sera is a classical music radio show broadcast Thursday nights, 7:00-9:30 pm (Pacific) on KUSP Santa Cruz, 88.9 FM. Listen Live or listen to the Most Recent Show.

Follow us on Twitter: Meera and Nicholas and on Facebook: Meera, Nicholas,
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Gearing Up for the Holidays

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is the first of two of my radio shows in December! The first one in December I usually focus on non-obvious Christmas music — in other words, non-Christmas carols.

Also featured is Part II of Bach’s Christmas Oratorio! We heard Part I on my last show, and I want to continue with the The Choir of Trinity College, Cambridge’s version of the Oratorio.

—Meera

 

Musica della sera

Classical Music
7:00-9:30pm, Pacific Time

Playlist for Thursday,
December 04, 2014

Hosted by Meera
Collier

Time

(approx)

Composer

Selection

Performers

Record Title

Label

7:00

(Anon.)

13-14c.

Processional Hymn

Germanes mies

Montserrat Figueras, Arianna Savall, sopranos

La Capella
Reial de Catalunya, Jordi Savall, director

Homage
to El Misteri D’Elx: La Vespra

(1990)

Alia Vox

 

 

(Anon)

13-14c.

Cum Quidam Fluctuanita

Novus Presul Prodiit

Anonymous
4:

Ruth Cunningham, Marsha Genensky,
Susan Hellauer, Johanna Maria Rose

Legends of St.
Nicholas

(1999)

Harmonia Mundi

 

 

(Anon)

Deu vos salve Vergi
Imperial

Montserrat Figueras, Arianna Savall, sopranos

La Capella
Reial de Catalunya, Jordi Savall, director

Homage
to El Misteri D’Elx: La Vespra

(1990)

Alia Vox

 

 

(Anon)

Sainte
Nicholaes

All
the Province of
Seint Nicholas
Suffered Gret Peyne for
Hunger

Anonymous 4

Legends of St. Nicholas

Harmonia Mundi

7:30

Thomas Tallis

(1505 – 1585)

Te lucis ante terminum
(Festal tone)

Voces 8

Christian Forshaw, saxophone

Eventide

(2014)

Decca Records

 

 

Gregorian Chant

Salve
Regina

The Cambridge Singers, John Rutter, director

Ave Gracia Plena: Music in honour of the Virgin Mary

(1992)

Collegium

 

 

William Byrd

(1543 – 1623)

Alleluia. Ave Maria

 

 

T. L. de Victoria

(1548 – 1611)

Vidi speciosam

 

Gustav Holst

(1874 – 1934)

Ave Maria

 

Ola Gjeilo

(b. 1978)

Second
Eve

Voces 8

Eventide

Decca Records

8:00

Johann Sebastian Bach

(1685 – 1750)

Christmas Oratorio, BWV248

Part II

Katherine Watson, soprano; Iestyn
Davies, countertenor; James Gilchrist, tenor; Matthew Brook, bass

The Choir of Trinity
College, Cambridge

Orchestra of the Ave of Enlightenment

Stephen Layton, conductor

Bach:
Christmas Oratorio

(2013)

Hyperion

8:35

Felix Mendelssohn

(1809 – 1847)

Say,
where is He born; There shall a star from Jacob

Choir of Clare College, Cambridge,
Graham Ross, director

Veni Emmanuel: Music for Advent

(2013)

Harmonia Mundi

 

Plainchant

Antiphon VI: O Rex Gentium

 

Peter Warlock

(1894 – 1930)

Bethlehem Down

 

Graham Ross

(b. 1985)

I sing of a maiden

 

Francis Poulenc

(1899 – 1963)

Salve
Regina

Exultate Deo

Winchester Cathedral Choir, David Hill, conductor

Lux Aeterna

(1998)

Virgin Classics

9:00

Rick Sowash

(b. 1950)

Guitar Suite: For an Old Friend at Christmas

1.       Moderato,
wistfully

2.       Moderato

3.       Lento

Hilary Field, guitar

A Christmas Gift

(2012)

www.sowash.com

 

Traditional

Steal
Away

Voces 8

Matthew Sharp, cello

Eventide

Decca Records

 

Franz Biebl

(1905 – 2001)

Ave Maria

Chanticleer

Our Heart’s Joy

(1990)

Chanticleer Records

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Still Life with Turkey Pie – Pieter Claesz, 1627

Happy Thanksgiving Day!!!

Musica della sera

Classical Music 7:00-9:30pm

Hosted by Nicholas Mitchell

Playlist for November 27, 2014

Time

(approx)

Composer

Selection

Performers

Record
Title

Label

7:00

Antonio Vivaldi

Concerto
in D Minor for 2 Violins and Orchestra; F. 1, No.41 (Antonio Fanno Catalog)

Georg-Friedrich
Hendel and Klaus Schlupp,
violins; Chamber Orchestra of the Sarre; Karl Ristenpart, conductor

Vivaldi:
Concertos for Violins, Concertos for Piccolo

Nonesuch (LP)

 

J.S. Bach

Sonata No.2 in A Major for
Violin and Harpsichord, BWV 1015

Elizabeth Blumenstock,
violin; John Butt, harpsichord

J.S. Bach: Sonatas for Violin
& Harpsichord

Harmonia Mundi

7:30

 

Trio Sonata
in B-Flat Major, BWV 525

Musica
Pacifica: Judith Linsenberg, recorder; Elizabeth Blumenstock, violin; Elisabeth Le Guin,
cello; Edward Parmentier, harpsichord

J.S.
Bach: Trio Sonatas

Virgin

 

Johann Christoph Bach

Motet: Der
Mensch, vom Weibe geboren ─ Ach wie nichtig

The Choir of Trinity college,
Cambridge; Richard Marlow, conductor

The Bach Family ─ Motets

Conifer (BMG)

 

Johann Michael Bach

Motets:
Nun habich überwunden; Halt, was du hast; Fürchtet
euch nicht; Sei, lieber Tag, willkommen

8:00

Franz Joseph Haydn

The Seven Last Words of Christ
for String quartet and Vocal Quartet

Juilliard String Quartet:
Robert Mann and Joel Smirnoff, violins; Samuel Rhodes, viola; Joel Krosnick, cello; Guest Vocalists: Benita Valente, soprano; Jan DeGaetani,
mezzo-soprano; Jon Humphrey, tenor; Thomas Paul, Bass

Haydn: The Seven Last Words of
Christ

Sony

 

9:20

J.S. Bach

Two-Part
Inventions: Nos. 1-4, 8-10

András Schiff, piano

Inventionen und Sinfonien für
Klavier

Denon

─NM

Musica della sera is a classical music radio show broadcast Thursday nights, 7:00-9:30 pm (Pacific) on KUSP Santa Cruz, 88.9 FM. Listen Live or listen to the Most Recent Show.

Follow us on Twitter: Meera and Nicholas and on Facebook: Meera, Nicholas,
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A Grat Etude: The Final Installment

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The final in a series of radio shows inspired by gratitude. One show was about the people, one about the places, one about the “things”, and one about the ideas. All of them were very general — but this show, the final in the series, are about specifics.

The People.  I simply cannot start listing specific people for whom I am grateful. I will be sitting here typing names until I list all of you, every single dang one of you who are reading this, and many more besides. But I must highlight my sons, Julian and Gabe. It is for them that I move forward, and put all my hope in the future. I haven’t done things right, and can see more failures than successes in my parenting. But in spite of those downfalls, they have overcome me — and have become strong, sensitive, intelligent young men. Having them grow into people that I would choose to be friends with even if they weren’t my sons? What luck! I am so grateful for these guys gracing my life with their presence. We have challenges in front, behind, and all around us, I know. I hope that a sense of gratitude will help us through. For you? Biber’s Joyful Mysteries and Bach’s Christmas Oratorio: For, unto us, a child is born; a son is given. Twice.

The Places. When I was growing up, my mother’s father and his wife would rent an old, rambling beach house in Stone Harbor (near Cape May, the southern tip of NJ) every August, and the family would descend. There was always room for everyone, always enough food, always enough towels, never enough sunscreen. I learned how to be on vacation there, and learned about how to connect with people who change, year to year (even some who didn’t have good people skills. I learned about the power of ice cream and weak lemonade and succeeding in swimming past the breakers. I learned about rainy day jigsaw puzzles and card games and exploring the deep basement of the house. I loved and feared beach thunderstorms and how the smell of the salt and the cry of a seagull can overpower my sense of reality. I am so grateful. For you? ‘Tis by thy strength the mountains stand and From all that dwell below the skies.

The Things. My body has been my only constant in my life. It has gotten cold, it has been burned, it has been exhausted and rejuvenated and blistered and opened up and fixed and covered with scars. It has birthed two children, it has flown over oceans, it has trod through so many parts of the world I can’t even begin to list them. It has given me unbelievable pleasure, and it has been in more pain than I ever hope to experience again. It has high blood pressure but low cholesterol; it has allergies and requires medications to not go haywire; it grows nice hair and green eyes and a smile that people comment on, and it is clumsy and tires more easily than I like. But it is mine. I will look on these hands, as I have from the first time I noticed I had them, until I’m old and (more) wrinkled and realize that I’m dying. I am thankful for these bones that I have inherited from both of my parents and made into my own. For you, body? Corps feminin and Femina Amans.

The Ideas. Music is just sound in time, that’s all. But it moves through our entire human history, weaving in and out of families and children’s game to religion to calls to war to songs of peace. There is no ritual, personal or canonical — from celebrating birthdays and celebrating high mass, to high school dances and tribal mating rituals, to chanting Compline and playing the drums to welcome the dawn — that doesn’t incorporate music. It is deeply, intensely personal, and yet is shared throughout entire cultures with a speed that rivals tidal waves. And I am so grateful to be a part of this element of the human experience, this art that connects me with the first self-aware humanoids that hit two sticks together for fun. I am so grateful for the music that is constantly running through my shared human consciousness. For you, music? Every show I put on the air, every piece of music I hear that moves me or moves anyone else. The rest is silence.

 

I have so, so much to be thankful for.

–Meera

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Playlist for Thursday, November 13, 2014

Time

(approx)

Composer

Selection

Performers

Record
Title

Label

7:00

Carlo Gesualdo
da Venosa

Book IV
Madgrals: VIII O sempre crudo Amore seconda parte; Canzon franzese (harpsichord
solo); IX. Cor mio, deh, non piangete, prima parte;
X. Dunque non m’offendete,
seconda parte; XI. Sparge
la morte al mio Signor

Ensemble
Arte-Musica; Francesco Cera, conductor and
harpsichord

Gesualdo: Quarto libro di
Madrigali a cinque voci 1596

Tactus

 

Johan Michael Bach

Aria: Ach, wie
sehnlich wart ich der Zeit

Cantus Cölln;
Concerto Palatino; Konrad Junghänel,
conductor

Altbachisches Archiv

Harmonia Mundi

 

Johann Bach? Or Jonas de Fletin?

Motet: Sei nun wieder zufrieden meine Seele

7:30

Manuel Blasco de Nebra

Sonata No.1 in C Minor, Op. 1

Javier Peranes,
piano

Blasco de Nebra: Piano Sonatas

Harmonia Mundi

 

Georg Frideric
Händel

Teseo: Act I: Overture; Aria: E’ pur bello,
in nobil core; Recitativo:
Parte Agilea; Aria: Ti credo, si,
ben mio; Act II: Duetto: Si ti lascio/Si ti sprèzzo

Philharmonia Baroque; Nicholas McGegan, conductor;
Amy Preston, Céline Ricci and Dominique Labelle,
sopranos; Drew Minter, countertenor

Handel:
Teseo (Highlights)

PBP

8:00

Keyboard Suite No.4 in E Minor
(HWV 429)

Danny Driver, piano

Handel: The Eight Great Suites

Hyperion

 

Antonio Vivaldi

Credidi propter quod for five-part choir and orchestra

The
Choir of the King’s Consort; Thing Kings Consort; Robert King,conductor

Vivaldi
Sacred Music
3

Hyperion

8:30

Concerto in D Major for 4 violins
and strings, RV 549, Op.3, No.1

Europa Galante;
Fabio Biondi, conductor and violin

Vivaldi: L’estro
armonico: 12 Concertos Op.3

Virgin

 

Beatus vir for SSA soloists, four-part choir
and orchestra, RV 598

The
Choir of the King’s Consort; Thing Kings Consort; Robert King,conductor

Vivaldi
Sacred Music
3

Hyperion

 

Domenico Scarlatti

Keyboard Sonatas K. 19-21: in F
Minor, E Major, and D Major

Alain Planes, pianoforte Schantz C.1800

Domenico Scarlatti: Essercizi, K.1-30

Harmonia Mundi

9:00

Joseph Haydn

Cello
Concerto in D Major, H. VIIb:2 (Cadenzas by Steven Isserlis)

Steven Isserlis, cello; The Chamber Orchestra of Europe; Sir
Roger Norrington, conductor

Haydn:
Cello Concertos in C & D

Sinifonia Concertante

RCA

 

Ludwig van Beethoven

III. Minuetto
for 3 Horns, Oboe, and Bassoon, from Quintet in E Flat Major, H. 19

Jeno Kevehazi,
Janos Kevehazi, Sandor Berki, horns; Otto Racs, oboe; Jozsef Vajda, bassoon

Beethoven: Chamber Music for
Horns, Winds and Strings

Naxos

─N.M.

Musica della sera is a classical music radio show broadcast Thursday nights, 7:00-9:30 pm (Pacific) on KUSP Santa Cruz, 88.9 FM. Listen Live or listen to the Most Recent Show.

Follow us on Twitter: Meera and Nicholas and on Facebook: Meera, Nicholas,
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Baritone Simon Keenlyside sings “Estuans interius” from Carmina Burana to Berlin Subway goers.

Keenlyside sings from Carmina Burana to Berlin Subway goers.

Simon Keenlyside Music Video filmed on a Berlin subway line.

 I adore this.

─NM

A Grat Etude: Love, Peace and Awe

Radio show #4 with the ideas of gratitude, tonight with the themes of the ideas for which I am grateful: Love, Peace, and Awe.

 

Love.  Philia, eros, agape, storge, and xenia (Greek); kāma and karuṇā, adveṣa and mettā; (Buddhist); kāma, prema, bhakti, karuṇā, Kṛṣṇa-prema (Hindu); Ahava and chesed (Judaism); birr and ishq (Islam) — So many words for something we in English say with just one. From the erotic and sensual yearning for the beloved, to strong appreciation (“I love strawberries!”); from the powerful love of a parent for a child (and vice-versa), to the comfortable love of a friend or sibling; from the empathic love of a stranger to the mysterious love of the Divine. Whatever the word, whatever the history, whatever the etymology, love is the motivation for the world. It is what connects all sentient beings together, and keeps us from becoming lost in the darkness.* It almost feels ridiculous to say that I am grateful for love. It’s like saying I’m grateful for oxygen. (But come to think of it, I’m thankful for that, too.)

Peace.  My name means “peace”, from the Russian word мир, pronounced close to “mír”. ** Peace is not the absence of violence. It’s being filled with those quiet places of breath, watching the connections between an infant’s curled toes to a mountain cliff overlooking a sea of fog. The silence before a wave crashes and the silence of the held breath before rain. Listening to your beloved’s sleeping breath to laughing until you’re breathless. Violence happens when the fullness of peace runs out. I am grateful for those moments of peace, in between the chaos of the days.

Awe.  Anne Lamott wrote a book called Help Thanks Wow: Three Essential Prayers. In this book, she writes that there are essentially three types of prayers, you guessed it: Asking for help, giving thanks, and being taken away with awe (aka, “Wow”). I adore how she writes about the last one:

What can we say beyond Wow, in the presence of glorious art, in music so magnificent that it can’t have originated solely on this side of things? Wonder takes our breath away, and makes room for new breath. That’s why they call it breathtaking.

All three of these things are intertwined and you can’t tell where one ends and one begins. This is my spirituality, my connections to all of you, my hopes for my children, my joys in my beloveds, my motivation. And I am thankful for that which is holy that surrounds me. I am grateful.

Ashgrove Cottage

As far as the radio show, I definitely focused on the Peace and Awe aspects of my gratitude, including even a literary selection.

I have been reading the Patrick O’Brian series again, as I do every few years. I do so love Patrick O’Brian’s writing style. Even though it was only written twenty years ago, it hearkens back to the writing style of Jane Austen, only put in a sea-faring context with sailor language that Jane Austen would dare not put to paper! The entire series is about the travels and politics of the naval aspects of the Napoleonic wars, featuring the characters Captain Jack Aubrey and his Particular Friend, naturalist, physician, and intelligence agent Stephen Maturin. The selection I have highlighted in the show is from The Commodore, written by Patrick O’Brian in 1994, narrated here by Patrick Tull.

In this brief, four-minute passage, Jack and Stephen are both ashore, at Jack’s home outside of London, called Ashgrove Cottage. Stephen wakens in the night to hear something that at first he doesn’t recognize. The way that Patrick O’Brian describes the night, with the nightjars chirring and the soft night enveloping the garden… then with the music of the violin woven through it… this passage particularly moved me.

The violin piece I presented with the narration is one that Jack Aubrey could definitely have been familiar with. While the novel takes place in 1812, both Jack Aubrey and Stephen Maturin are well-versed in music and music history. Their favorite duets are by Luigi Boccherini (1743-1805), though they do enjoy the work of other composers (Correlli, Mozart, Bach, etc.). While I don’t recall any mention of Biber, the passaglia featured here perfectly illustrates what I imagine Maturin heard as he listened to Aubrey playing in the dark of the warm spring garden. Peace and awe, captured at once.

Time
(approx)

Composer

Selection

Performers

Record Title

Label

7:00

William Byrd
(1543 – 1623)

The Great Service

      Venite

      Te Deum

      Benedictus

      Creed

      Magnificat

      Nunc dimittis

The Tallis Scholars, Peter Phillips, director

William Byrd: The Tallis Scholars
(recorded 1984 & 1987)

Gimell

7:45

Patrick O’Brian
(1914 – 2000)

Selection from The Commodore
approx. Chapter 3

Patrick Tull, narrator

The Commodore, Disk 3
(1995)

Recorded
Books, Inc.

 

Heinrich Ignaz
Franz Biber
(1644 – 1704)

Passacaglia in G Minor

Michelle Makarski, violin

Caoine
(1997)

ECM New Series

8:00

Johann
Sebastian Bach
(1685 – 1750)

Chaconne from Partida No. 2 for Unaccompanied Violin in D minor, BWV 1004

Angel
Romero, guitar

Angel
Romero Plays Bach
(1993)

Telarc

8:15

BWV 150: Nach Dir, Herr, Verlanget Mich (1707)

▪  Sinfonia

   Coro – Nach dir, Herr; verlanget mich

   Aria – Doch bin und bleibe ich vergnügt

   TuttiLeite mich in deiner Warheit un lehre mich

   Aria – Cedern müssen von den Winden

   Coro – Meine Augen sehen stets zu dem Herrn

   CiacconaMeine Tage in den Leiden

Magdalena Consort, Peter Harvey, director

Bach Cantatas: Recreation for the Soul
(2014)

Channel Classics

 

Robert
Kyr
(b. 1952)

The
Singer’s Ode (2012)

Conspirare, Craig Hella
Johnson, director

Robert Kyr: The Cloud of Unknowing / Songs of the Soul
(2014)

Harmonia
Mundi

8:30

Gabriel Jackson
(b. 1962)

Ite Missa Est (2012)

New York Polyphony

Times Go By Turns
(2014)

BIS Records

 

Erik
Satie
(1866 – 1925)

From
the “Gnossiennes

   Gnossienne IV (1891)

   Gnossienne V (1889)

John White, piano

Satie: “Caress” – Piano Pieces
(1995)

Arte
Nova

8:45

Ralph Vaughan Williams
(1872 – 1958)

Texts by Walt Whitman (1819 – 1892)

Dona Nobis Pacem:
A Cantata for soprano and baritone soli, chorus and orchestra

   Agnus Dei qui tollis peccata mundi
Dona nobis pacem

   Beat! Beat! Drums!

   Reconciliation

   Dirge for Two Veterans

   The Angel of Death has been abroad…
Dona nobis pacem

Judith Howarth, soprano; John
Mark Ainsley, tenor; Thomas Allen, baritone

Corydon singers and orchestra

Matthew Best, conductor

Vaughan Williams: Toward the Unknown Region, &c.
(1992)

Hyperion

9:25

Ennio Morricone

The Mission: Gabriel’s Oboe

Yo-Yo Ma, cello

Roma Sinfonietta, Ennio Morricone, director

Yo-Yo Ma: Appassionato
(2007)

Sony
Classics

 

Traditional, arr. Graeme Langager

Irish Blessing

Brigham Young Concert Choir

Beautiful River

Tantara Records

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