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Van Cliburn plays Beethoven, Rachmaninoff, Brahms, and more…

Musica della sera

Hosted this week by Nicholas Mitchell

Van Cliburn Back in the USSR

Van Cliburn walks with friends in the town of Ruza, near Moscow. 1960.

This week’s the featured Beethoven piano sonata, No. 26 in E-Flat, Op. 81a (“Les Adieux”) is performed by Van Cliburn.

Click Here to hear András Schiff say interesting things about Beethoven’s 26th piano sonata

Van Cliburn Plays Tchaikovsky in Moscow 1958

Van Cliburn performing Tchaikovsky’s Concerto No. 1 at the competition in Moscow in 1958

The show featured several piano works performed by Van Cliburn from his album on RCA Victor called The World’s Favorite Music. Five of the 17 tracks are Rachmaninoff preludes! Van Cliburn passed away on February 27 , 2013.

Van Cliburn Shakes Shostakovich's hand 1958

Van Cliburn receives a gold medal at the International Tchaikovsky Competition from prominent Soviet composer Dmitry Shostakovich (right). 1958.

Van Cliburn Wearing national Georgian costume 1962

Van Cliburn wearing a national Georgian costume. 1962.

Playlist for August 21, 2014

Time
(approx)

Composer

Selection

Performers

Record Title

Label

7:00

Carlo Gesualdo

The First Book of Madrigals: 13. Questi leggiadri; 14. a) Felice Primavera; b) Danzan le Ninfe; Son belle le rose;
16. Bell’angioletta

Karla Schlean,
soprano; Clara Foti, mezo-soprano;
Elena Mazzoni, contralto; Rodolfo Farolfi, tenor; Gastone Sarti, baritone; Dmitri Nabokov, bass; Angelo Ephrikian, conductor

Gesualdo: The First Three Books of Madrigals

Musical Heritage Society (LP)

 

Christopher Gibbons

Ah, my Soul, why so dismayed?; Organ Voluntary in
C Major; O bone Jesu; Fantasia; Above the Stars, my
Saviours
Academy of Ancient Music;
Choir of the AAM; Richard Egarr, conductor and
organ
Christopher
Gibbons: Motets, anthems, fantasias & voluntaries
Harmonia
Mundi

7:30

Francesco Maria Veracini

Sonata No. 1 in D Major from Dissertazionisopra l’opera quinta del Corelli John
Holloway, violin; Jaap ter
Linden, violoncello; Lars Ulrik Mortensen,
harpsichord
Veracini Sonatas ECM

 

Jan Dismas Zelenka

Sonata No.5 in F Major for two oboes, bassoon, and
basso continuo
Heinz Holliger and Maurice Bourgue,
oboes; Klaus Thunemann, bassoon; Klaus Stoll,
double-bass; Jonathan Rubin, lute; Christiane Jaccottet, harpsichord
Zelenka: Trio Sonatas ECM

8:00

Ludwig van
Beethoven

Piano Sonata No. 26 in E-Flat, Op. 81a Van
Cliburn, piano
Beethoven
Sonatas
RCA

8:30

Für Elise The
World’s Favorite Music
RCA

 

W.A. Mozart

Rondo alla turca

 

Sergei Rachmaninoff

Prelude in E-Flat Major

 

Claude Debussy

Rêverie

 

Sergei Rachmaninoff

Prelude in C-Sharp Minor; Prelude in G Major

 

Johannes Brahms

Waltz in A-Flat Major

 

Pyotr Ilyich
Tchaikovsky

Barcarolle

9:00

Sergei Rachmaninoff

Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini Artur Rubinstein,
piano; Chicago Symphony Orchestra; Fritz Reiner, conductor
Rachmaninoff:
Piano Concerto No.2 in C Minor
RCA

 

Pyotr Ilyich
Tchaikovsky

Otche nash (Lord’s Prayer), from Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom Corydon
Singers; Matthew Best, conductor
Tchaikovsky: Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom Helios

─NM

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The Hendecaminute Sonata

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Melvyn Tan fortepiano

Melvyn tan and the fortepiano

In our ongoing mission to present each of the Beethoven piano sonatas with a different artist, Melvyn Tan does the honors for Sonata No. 25 in G Major, Op. 79, performing on a fortepiano built by Derek Adlam after a Nannette Streicher instrument, Vienna 1815.

Quoting Wikipedia, “It is one of Beethoven’s shorter sonatas with an approximate performance time of only eleven minutes, if Beethoven’s prescribed repeats are all observed. It is also the shortest of his sonatas with more than two movements.”  But there’s a little more to it than its duration. (See the Andras Schiff link below.)

And, of course, there’s a lot more classical music on the show, to be announced.

Playlist for August 7, 2014

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Melvyn Tan

*Click Here to hear the always scintillating András Schiff talk about Beethoven’s 25th piano sonata

 

Time

(approx)

Composer

Selection

Performers

Record
Title

Label

7:00

Manuel Blasco de Nebra

Sonata No. 2 in B-Flat Major

Javier Perianes,
piano

Blasco de Nebra: Piano Sonatas

Harmonia Mundi

 

J.S. Bach

Allegro Assai from Violin Sonata III in C Major, BWV 1005

Caterina Lichtenberg and Mike Marshall, mandolins

Caterina Lichtenberg and Mike Marshall

Adventure
Music

 

Jean-Marie Leclair

Sonata VI for Two Violins

 

J.S. Bach

Giga from the Violin Partita II in D Minor (BWV 1004)

 

Traditonal Bulgarian Tune

Gankino

7:30

Antonio Bertali

Sonata in D Minor a 6; Sonata in D Minor a 2; Sonata in G
Minor a 5

Acronym

Paradise: Instrumental Sonatas of Antoni
Bertali

Olde Focus Recordings

 

Dario Castello

Prima Sonata a doi Soprani

Ensemble Le Son D’argent: Caterina Lichtenberg,
soprano lute; Mirko Schrader, lute; Mirko Schrader, guitar; Silke Lisko, mandolin

Musik aus Vier
Jahrhunderten

Verlages Klaus-Jürgen Kamprad

 

Arcangelo Corelli

Trio sonate da
chiesa per due e basso continuo Nr. VIII, Op.3

8:00

Ludwig van Beethoven

Piano Sonata No. 25 in G Major,
Op.79

Melvyn Tan, fortepiano (after
Nannette Streicher, Vienna 1815)

Beethoven; Piano Sonatas, Opp.10
& 79

EMI

 

Joseph Haydn

Trio in C Minor , Hob. XV:13

Patrick Cohen, pianoforte; Erich Höbarth,
violin; Christophe Coin, cello

Haydn Trios

Harmonia
Mundi

8:30

Symphony No.103 in E-Flat Major “Drumroll

Orchestra of St.
Luke’s; Sir Charles Mackerras, conductor

Haydn; Symphonies Nos. 100
“Military” and 103 “Drumroll

Telarc

9:00

Piano Sonata in E Minor, Hob. XVI:34

Marc-André Hamelin, piano

Haydn: Piano Sonatas II

Hyperion

 

String Quartet, Op. 54, No.2: II. Adagio

Monica Huggett,
violin; Lux Musica; Linda Burman-Hall,
fortepiano, percussion, director

Haydn and the Gypsies: Solo and
Chamber Music in Style Hongrois

Kleos

 

Jozsef Koschovitz

Lassu Magyar (Hungarian Slow Dance)

 

Anonymous

Frissen

─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.

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A Truncated Version of Musica della sera

This was a truncated version of Musica della sera, due to the broadcast of a concert from the Carmel Bach Festival, “Bach and Sons”. We don’t have the rights to archive the broadcast for listening for the rest of the week, but the programmed portion of the show is available on our player, for your listening pleasure!

We stayed mostly in the early music realm, only venturing out to enhance the early music with some modern interpretations, including a saxophone accompaniment, and also including Henryk Gorecki’s Todus Tuus — about which I received no fewer than three calls at the station, wanting to find out more about the piece.

I’m so glad you enjoyed it!

Tune in next week for Nicholas’ version of Musica della sera, in which he’ll continue our presentation of the Beethoven Piano Sonatas, which I didn’t have time to include this week.

–Meera

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Playlist for Thursday, July 31, 2014

Time

(approx)

Composer

Selection

Performers

Record Title

Label

7:00

Presentation of the Carmel Bach Festival
Chamber Concert: Bach and Son

Live Performance, recorded July
21, 2014 at All Saints Church, Carmel

 

 

Johann Sebastian Bach

(1685 – 1750)

Cantata, Amore Traditore, BWV 203


Aria: Amore traditore


Recitative: Voglio provar


Aria: Chi in amore ha nemica
la sorte

Peter Harvey, baritone

Yuko Tanaka, harpsichord

 

 

Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach

(1734 – 1789)

Württenburg Sonata No. 1 in A Minor, H. 30


Moderato


Andante


Allegro assai

Yuko Tanaka, harpsichord

 

 

Johann Sebastian Bach

Oboe
Concerto in G Minor, BWV 1056


Moderato


Allegro


Presto

Gonzalo X. Ruiz, oboe

Beth Wenstrom, Marika Holmqvist, violin; Sarah
Darling, viola; Margaret Jordan-Gay, cello; Yuko Tanaka, harpsichord

 

 

Johann Sebastian Bach

Harpsichord Concerto No. 3 in D Major, BWV 1054


Allegro


Larghetto


Allegro ma non
tanto

Yuko Tanaka, harpsichord

Beth Wenstrom, Marika Holmqvist, violin; Sarah
Darling, viola; Margaret Jordan-Gay, cello

 

 

George Frideric Handel

(1685 – 1759)

Cantata,
Spande ancor a mio dispetto, HWV 165


Aria: Spande ancor a mio dispetto


Recitative: Oh! Che de fiere pene


Aria: Da balsa in balza

Peter Harvey, baritone

Beth Wenstrom, Marika Holmqvist, violin; Sarah
Darling, viola; Margaret Jordan-Gay, cello; Yuko Tanaka, harpsichord

8:20

Hildegard von Bingen

(1098 – 1179)

O Euchari

Oxford Camerata, Jeremy Summerly, director

Heavenly Revelations: Hymns, Sequences, Antiphons, Responds

(1993)

Naxos

 

 

Anon., from the Codex Musical del Monasterio
de Santa Maria La Real de Las Huelgas


Instrumental


Dex est ausi comme
li pellicans
(Pelican)


Ne sedas / [Et tenuerunt]
(Moth)


Splendidus Regis /
Leo, bos et Aquila
/ [Kyrie]
(Lion)


Instrumental

Alia Mvsica, Miguel Sánchez, director

Alia
Mvsica: Bestiario de
Cristo

(2003)

Harmonia Mundi Ibèrica

8:45

Anon, Kol Yisrael Archives


La prima vez


Todo bueno
tengo

“Whichever wagon you
get on, sing the same song.”

–Sephardic Proverb

Voices of the Turtle, Judith Wachs,
director

From the Shores of the Golden Horn: Music of the Spanish
Jews of Turkey

(1989)

Voices of the Turtle

 

Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina

(1525 – 1594)

Motet
Viri Galilaei

La Chapelle Royale / Ensemble Organum, Philippe Herreweghe,
director

Palestrina:
Missa Viri Galilaei

(1992)

Harmonia Mundi

9:00

Mike Marshall

Egypt

Mike Marshall, mandolin & mandocello

The Turtle
Island Quartet

Mike Marshall & the Turtle Island
Quartet

(2013)

Adventure Music America

 

Christobal de Moreles

Parce mihi domine

Jan Garbarek, soprano saxophone

The Hilliard Ensemble

Officium

(1994)

ECM Records, BMG Classics

 

HenrykGorecki

(b. 1933)

Totus Tuus

The Concordia Chori, Rene Clausen
conductor

In the New Moon

Concordia Recordings

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Pronounced ko-VAH-suh-vich

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For Beethoven’s 24th piano sonata we present our 23rd pianist Stephen Kovacevich.  (Why not the 24th pianist? Ask me again and again! I love that question, ha ha.) Born in Los Angeles, Kovacevich is of Croation descent.  He studied piano in London with Dame Myra Hess.

Stephen Kovacevich

Stephen Kovacevich

Tonight, 7:00 – 9:30 pm (Pacific Time)

Playlist for July 24, 2014

*Click Here to hear the always scintillating András Schiff talk about Beethoven’s 24th piano sonata,

 

Time

(approx)

Composer

Selection

Performers

Record Title

Label

7:00

Carlo Gesualdo da Venosa

The First Book of Madrigals: 9. O dolce mio martire; 10. a) Tirsi morir volea; b) Freno Tirsi il desio; 11. Mentre, mia stella, miri; 12. Non mirar, non mirare

Karla Schlean, soprano; Clara Foti, mezo-soprano; Elena Mazzoni, contralto; Rodolfo Farolfi, tenor; Gastone Sarti, baritone; Dmitri Nabokov, bass; Angelo Ephrikian, conductor

Gesualdo: The First Three Books of Madrigals

Musical Heritage Society (LP)

J.S. Bach

Fugue in A Minor, BWV 543

Albert Schweitzer, organ (Parish Church, Gunsbach, Alsace)

Albert Schweitzer Plays Bach Organ Works

Odyssey (LP)

7:30

Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber

Sonata seconda a 8, 2 Clarini, 6 Violae; Sonata a 6
(Peasant’s Church Procession); Sonata a 7, 6 Tromb.
Tramburin (trumpets) con Organo

Concentus musicus
Wien; Nikolaus Harnoncourt,
conductor

Biber: Battalia
- PauernkirchfahrtBallettae
- Sonatae

Das
Alte Werk (LP)

 

Giuseppe
Sammartini

Concerto
in F Major for Recorder, Strings, and Basso Continuo

Frans Brüggen, recorder; Contentus
Musicus Wien; Nikolaus Harnoncourt and Frans Brüggen,
conductors

Recorder
Concertos

Das Alte Werk (LP)

8:00

Antonio Vivaldi

Gelido in ogni
vena” from Farnace; “Anch’il
mar par che sommerga
from Bajazet; “Di trombe guerriere” from Teuzzone

Cecilia Bartoli, mezzo-soprano; Arnold Schoenberg Chor; Il Giardino Armonico; Giovanni Antonini,
conductor

The Vivaldi Album

Decca

8:30

Ludwig
van Beethoven

Piano
Sonata No. 24 in F Sharp Major, Op.78

Stephen
Kovacevich, piano

Beethoven:
Piano Sonatas Opp. 53, 78 & 110

EMI

 

Ignaz Moscheles

Piano Concerto No. 1 in F Major, Op.45

Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra; Howard Shelley, piano and
conductor

Moscheles: Piano ConcertosNos.1, 6 & 7

Hyperion

9:00

Ludwig
van Beethoven

Adelaide,
Op.46

David
Daniels, countertenor; Martin Katz, piano

Serenade

Virgin
Classics

 

Antonio Caldera

Selve amiche,
ombrose piante

 

Christoph Willibald von Gluck

O
del mio dolce ardor

 

Pietro Antonio Cesti

Intorno all’idol
mio

 

Antonio
Lotti

Pur dicesti, o bocca bella

 

Henry Purcell

Evening Hymn

─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.

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A Brief Exploration of the History of the Keyboard

NMM 13010. Grand piano (Pandaleon-Clavecin) by Frantz Jacob Spath, Regensburg, 1767

 

 

The first 90 minutes (more or less) of the program was an exploration of the evolution of the keyboard, beginning with Bach on the harpsichord. We also included Haydn’s Variations on “Gott erhalte Franz den Kaiser” and Variations on a theme of Chopin by Federico Mompou. I realize now that this could make a fun show — all themes and variations! I may have to put something like that together in the future.

I also played Chopin’s famous “Minute Waltz” — but there is speculation as to whether this is “minute” (MIN-it, as the time unit), or “minute” (my-NOOT, as in “small and insignificant”). Because this version is played in 1:27, I am leaning towards the latter!

The choral portion of the program featured composers of the 20 and 21st centuries, with music that just feels good to listen to — including a new release of choral music by Imogen Holst, the daughter of Gustav Holst. A new composer for me to explore!

–Meera

 

 

Playlist for Thursday, Thursday, July 17, 2014

Time

(approx)

Composer

Selection

Performers

Record Title

Label

7:00

Johann Sebastian Bach

(1685 – 1750)

Sonata, BWV 1030

Michala Petri,
recorder

Keith Jarrett, harpsichord

Bach
Sonatas

(1992)

RCA Victor

Franz Joseph Haydn

1732 – 1809)

Four Variations on “Gott erhalte Franz den Kaiser” in G,
authentic keyboard version after Hob. III” (1797)

Sylvia Berry, fortepiano

Haydn: London Sonatas

(2014)

Aeis

7:30

Ludwig Van Beethoven

(1770 – 1827)

Piano Sonata No. 23 in F minor,
op. 57 “Appassionata

I.                 Allegro assai

II.               Andante con moto

III.             Allegro ma non troppo

Vladimir Ashkenazy,
piano

Ashkenazy:
Favourite Beethoven

(1982)

London

7:55

Frédéric Chopin

(1810 – 1849)

Prelude
in D-Flat Major, Op. 28, No. 15 – “Raindrop”

Marjan Kiepura,
piano

Chopin:
Images of a Homeland

(2000)

Patria

8:00

Frédéric Chopin

         Waltz Op. 64 No. 1 in D flat major – “Minute”

         Waltz Op. 64 No. 2 in C sharp minor

Alexandre Tharaud,
piano

Chopin: Valses

(2006)

Harmonia Mundi

Federico Mompou

(1893 – 1987)

Variations
sur un thème de Chopin

Theme: Andantino

I.              Tranquillo

II.            Gracioso

III.          Lento

IV.          Espressivo

V.            Tempo di Mazurka

VI.          Recitativo

VII.        Allegro leggiero

VIII.      Andante dolce e espressivo

IX.          Valse

X.            Évocation

XI.          Lento dolce e legato

XII.        Galope y epíogo

Lento

Jonathan Plowright, piano

Hommage à Chopin

(2010)

Hyperion

8:30

Imogen Holst

(1907 – 1984)

Welcome Joy and Welcome Sorrow: Six settings of John Keats

I.          Welcome Joy and Welcome Sorrow

II.        Teignmouth

III.      Over the Hill and over the Dale

IV.       O Sorrow

V.          Lullaby

VI.        Shed no tear

Choir of Clare College, Cambridge,
Graham Ross, director

Tanya Houghton, harp

Imogen Holst:
Choral Works

(2012)

Harmonia Mundi

9:00

Frank LaRocca

Expectavi Dominum

Artists Vocal Ensemble, Jonathan Dimmock,
conductor

In
this Place

(2012)

Enharmonic Records

Eric Whitacre

(b. 1970)

Five Hebrew Love Songs

Brigham Young University Choir, Rosalind Hall, conductor

Beautiful River: Songs of Refuge, Love, and Devotion

(2005)

Tantara Records

9:05

George Butterworth

(1885 – 1916)

Six
Songs from “A Shropshire
Lad”

         Loveliest of trees

         When I was one-and-twenty

         Look not in my eyes

         Think no more, lad

         The Lads in their hundreds

         Is my team ploughing?

Bryn Terfel, baritone; Malcolm
Martineau, piano

The
Vagabond

(1995)

Deutsche Grammophon

 

Stephen Sondheim

(b. 1930)

From Sweeney Todd
(arr. Silberschlag)

Johanna

 

Jeffrey Silberschlag, trumpet

Seattle Symphony, Gerard Schwarz, director

The American Trumpet

(2012)

Naxos

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Next in our continuing presentation of the complete set of Beethoven piano sonatas we feature Sonata No. 22, in F Major, Op. 54*, performed by Artur Schnabel. An early recording artist, Schnabel was the first pianist ever to record all 32 of Beethoven’s piano sonatas.

Schnabel

Artur Schnabel (1882–1951)

Tonight, 7:00 – 9:30 pm (Pacific Time)

Playlist for July 10, 2014

Schnabel first performed the complete cycle of 32 sonatas in Berlin in 1927 for the centenary of Beethoven’s death. He did the entire series again twice, in Berlin, and then in London between 1932 and 1934, and it was during this period that he made recordings of the complete set. He approached performance with an emphasis on artistic expression over technique, that audiences seemed to find refreshing.

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Artur Schnabel getting ready for a piano roll recording on a sophisticated Philipps Duca device. (1919)

Born to a Jewish family in Lipnik, near Bielitz, Galicia, which is now part of Poland, he moved with his family to Vienna in 1884 when he was just 2.

As a boy, Schnabel was introduced to Johannes Brahms and his circle by his music theory teacher Eusebius Mandyczewski, who was also an assistant to Brahms. When Schnabel heard Brahms play the first piano quartet he remarked that the great master missed a lot of notes, but played in a “true grand manner”.

Brahms Older

Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)

Schnabel moved to Berlin in 1898 where he performed and gave piano lessons. He formed and reformed the Schnabel Piano Trio with different violinists and cellists over the years . After World War I he toured the United States, Russia, and England.

When the Nazi Party took power in 1933 Schnabel left Germany and eventually settled in the United States. In 1942 his mother was taken to the Theresienstadt concentration camp (in what is now the Czech Republic) where she perished after two months. Schnabel never returned to Germany or Austria after the war and became a naturalized U.S. citizen in 1944.

Schnabel was a champion of the piano sonatas of Schubert, which, until then, were rarely performed. He completed his recording of the complete set of Beethoven sonatas in 1935.  Just as Schnabel commented on Brahms’ fumbling performance, Rachmaninoff called Schnabel “the great adagio pianist”, presumably slighting his abilities in the faster passages. It has been said that Schnabel was very nervous in front of recording equipment.  On the other hand, pianist Claudio Arrau, said he played flawlessly in live performances.

Among those he played with were violinist/composer Paul Hindemith, cellists Pablo Casals & Pierre Fournier, and the top conductors of his day, including Wilhelm Furtwängler, Bruno Walter, Otto Klemperer, George Szell, and Sir Adrian Boult.

Schnabel-String Quartet Video

Artur Schnabel, the composer: String Quartet No. 4 – i Molto moderato

Artur Schnabel was also a serious composer. Though his performance repertoire focused on works in the tradition of Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin, and Brahms, almost all of his own compositions are atonal, taking the lead from his close friend and fellow exile from Austria, Arnold Schoenberg. Though his compositions were largely ignored in the 20th century, recent years have seen new recordings of Schnabel’s music (e.g., 3 string quartets and 3 symphonies, various piano works), thanks largely to the championing of violinist Paul Zukovsky.

Schnabel-String Trio Video

Artur Schnabel – String Trio (1925) performed by the Galimir Trio.

His son Stefan was an actor who portrayed Dr. Stephen Jackson for sixteen years on the CBS television soap opera The Guiding Light.

*Click Here to hear an audio clip of pianist András Schiff
defending Beethoven’s 22nd piano sonata,
which he concedes may be the least popular of the 32.

 

Time

(approx)

Composer

Selection

Performers

Record Title

Label

7:00 

Loyset Compère

Dictes moy toutes
vos pensées

The Tallis
Scholars; Peter Phillips, conductor

Jean Mouton: Missa
Dictes moy toutes vos pensés

Gimell

 

Jean Mouton

Nesciens mater

 

Giuseppe Tartini

Sonata No. 10 in B Major; Sonata No.
12 in G Major

Giovanni Guglielmo,
violin; Antonio Pocaterra, violoncello

Giuseppe Tartini:
12 Sonatas for Violin and Violoncello

Das Alte Werk

7:30

J.S. Bach

Cantata: Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott, BWV 80

American Bach Soloists; American Bach Choir; Jeffrey
Thomas, conductor and tenor; Catherine Gott,
soprano; Daniel Taylor, countertenor; William Sharp, baritone

J. S. Bach: Favorite Cantatas

Americanbach.org

8:00

Heinrich Ignaz
Franz Biber

Sonata St. Polycarpi
à 9

Concentus musicus of Vienna; Nikolaus Harnoncourt, conductor

Biber: St. Polycarp Sonata – Laetatus
– Epiphany Cantata – Requiem

Das Alte Werk
(LP)

 

 

Sonata à 7 in C Major

The New Trumpet Ensemble; Gerard Schwarz, conductor and
trumpet

A Festival of Trumpets

Nonesuch
(LP)

 

Johan Christoph
Pezel

Sonatina No. 61 and No. 65

 

Anonymous

Cuatro Piezas de Clarines
in D Major for Trumpet and Organ

Edward Tarr, natural trumpet; Irmtraud Krüger, organ

Spanish Golden Age Music for Trumpet & Organ

Nonesuch
(LP)

 

Samuel Scheidt

Canzona for 4 Trumpets

The New Trumpet Ensemble; Gerard
Schwarz, conductor and trumpet

A Festival of Trumpets

Nonesuch (LP)

 

Antonio Soler

Minué for Trumpet and Organ

Edward Tarr, natural trumpet; Irmtraud Krüger, organ

Spanish Golden Age Music for Trumpet & Organ

Nonesuch
(LP)

8:30

Joseph Haydn

Notturno in C Major, Hob. II:25

Consortium Classicum;
Karl Hochreither and Frieder
Lang, positive organs; Dieter Klöcker, conductor
and clarinet

Joseph Haydn: 6 Notturni

cpo

9:00

Ludwig van Beethoven

Piano Sonata No. 22 in F Major, Op. 54; Piano Sonata No.
20 in G Major, Op. 49, No. 2

Artur Schnabel, piano

Beethoven: The Complete Piano Sonatas

EMI

 

John Cage

Sonatas & Interludes for
Prepared Piano: Sonatas Nos. 1-4; Interlude No. 1; Sonata No. 5

 

John Tilbury,
prepared piano

John Cage: Sonatas &
Interludes for Prepared Piano

Decca

─N.M.

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Happy Fourth of July, a day early! It’s Meera’s annual expression of patriotism. And it won’t be all marching bands and National Anthems. Expect some Charles Ives, spirituals, and Shaker tunes.

Tonight! 7:00 to 9:30, Pacific time. Enjoy!

 

–Meera

for June 26, 2014

Musica della sera

Hosted this week by Nicholas Mitchell

Young Shostakovich

Dmitri Shostakovich

This show comes with salutations to my late father James Mitchell and to my oldest brother Eric. I was thinking of them because the show fell between their respective birthdays.

I kept meaning to mention this on the air, but just kept forgetting.  In fact, discombobulation dogged me throughout the whole show as a result of a mishap of absent-mindedness and bad timing that got me off to a bad start.  I’d love to share the story, with all the tedious detail, if only to ease some of the feelings of defeat and desolation from the experience, but I won’t do that. I’ll just say that I did that thing DJ’s tend to have recurring bad dreams about: I locked myself out of the station during the show, and nobody was there to let me in.

Thanks to the assistance, by phone, from my son Gabriel, and then Meera, I was back at the microphone after tracking just six short Scarlatti keyboard sonatas.  Things could have gone much, much worse had good fortune not canceled out the bad.  At least the listeners were spared dead air.

On to the music…

Continuing our series on the complete Beethoven piano sonatas, the celebrated Waldstein, performed by Hiroko Nakamura, winner of the 7th International Frederick Chopin Piano Competition.  If you’re interested in learning more at this piece, I recommend András Schiff’s comprehensive lecture series on the Beethoven sonatas.

Click Here to hear an audio clip of pianist András Schiff
discussing Beethoven’s Waldstein Sonata.

 

It looks like we’re on track, I’m happy to say, to feature a different pianist for each of the 32 sonatas, with the one exception of the Op. 49, Nos. 1 and 2 (Nos. 19 and 20), both performed by Ronald Brautigam.

Also on the program, a Haydn sonata performed by Sylvia Berry on a restored 1806 Broadwood fortepiano.  A couple of weeks ago Meera posted a blog entry about Sylvia, a college school chum, and her new Haydn album: Fantastic Interview with a Fantastic Pianist

And a new recording of Shostakovich’s Opus 40, the gorgeous Sonata for Cello and Piano in D Minor, performed by Emmanuelle Bertrand, cello and Pascal Amoyel, piano.

Listen the the show while ye may, it’s available to stream on demand until next Thursday’s show.  Just click the play gadget on this page under where it says “Listen to Recent Show”.

─Nicholas Mitchell

locked out

 

Time
(approx)

Composer

Selection

Performers

Record Title

Label

7:00

Domenico Scarlatti

Keyboard Sonatas: in A Minor, K. 54; in F Major, K. 525, in F Minor, K. 466; in G Major, K. 146; in D Major,K. 96; im E Major, K.162

Vladimir Horowitz, piano

Horowitz: The Celebrated Scarlatti Recordings

Sony

7:30

Franz Joseph Haydn

Piano Sonata in C Major, Hob. XVI: 50

Sylvia Berry, fortepiano

Haydn: London Sonatas

Acis

 

Ludwig van Beethoven

Piano Sonata No. 21 in C Major, Op. 53 “Waldstein”

Hiroko Nakamura, piano

Beethoven: Diabelli Variations

Sony

8:15

Franz Schubert

Songs: Meeres Stille; An die Musik; An Silvia; Die Forelle; Auf der Bruck; Lachen und Weinen; Das Fischermädchen

Bryn Terfel, baritone; Malcom Martineau, piano

An di Musik

Deutsche Grammophon

8:30

Dmitri Shostakovich

Sonata for Cello and Piano in D Minor, Op. 40

Emmanuelle Bertrand, cello; Pascal Amoyel, piano

Shostakovich: Cello Concerto and Cello Sonata

Harmonia Mundi

9:00

Stefan Wolpe

Passacaglia

Garrick Ohlsson, piano

Close Connections

Bridge

 

Samuel Barber

Easter Chorale

Conspirare; Craig Hella Johnson & Company of Voices

Samuel Barber: An American Romantic

Harmonia Mundi

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Beethoven on Antidepressants

Beethoven on AntidepressantsHis 5th symphony turned out not to be so groundbreaking, either.

 

Just kidding, though! Tonight we’ll be featuring Beethoven’s 19th and 20th sonatas (Op. 49, Nos. 1 and 2), both short ones but big favorites of mine. Tonight’s pianist is Ronald Brautigam, performing on the fortepiano.

The Op. 49 sonatas were “surely written for home performance by an amateur… These pieces could possibly have been attributed to a more old-fashioned, more craftsman-like contemporary of Beethoven’s. The ambition level of this music is not high, and the sonatas have an obvious tailor-made technical facility. It is not known for whom these charming, Mozartian pieces were intended.” –Roeland Hazendonk, 2005

That said, the Op. 49 No. 2 is a dear favorite of mine, as I worked countless hours playing it when I was a teenager. I just pulled it out a couple of weeks ago and ran through it… and it’s still tattooed in the muscle memory of my fingers. Faded, perhaps. Well, a lot. But it’s still there.

–Meera

Time
(approx)

Composer

Selection

Performers

Record Title

Label

7:00

Claudio Monteverdi
(1567 – 1643)

       Ed è pur dunque vero

       Parlo misero, o taccio?

Martin Klietmann, tenor; Mária Zádori, Márta Fers, sopranos; Kalus Mertens, baritone

Capella Savaria, Nicholas McGegan, conductor

Monteverdi: Tirsi e Clori, Matrigaux
(1991)

Harmonia Mundi

7:15

Sigismondo D’India
(1582 – 1629)

       Cara mia cetra

       Intenerite voi, lagrime mie

       Mentre che’l cor

Maria Cristina Kiehr, soprano

Concerto Soave, Jean-Marc Aymes, director

Madrigali e Canzonette
(2003)

Harmonia Mundi

 

Giovanni Girolamo Kapsberger
(c.1580 – 1651)

Ciaccona

Paula Chateauneuf, citarrone

The Age of Extravagance: Virtuoso Music from Iberia and Italy
(1998)

Hyperion

7:30

Giovanni Battista Fontana
(d. 1630)

Sonata sesta

Jeremy West, cornett; Timothy Roberts, organ; Paula Chateauneuf, citarrone; Frances Kelly, double harp

 

Claudio Merulo
(1533 – 1604)

Toccata quarta del secondo tono

Timothy Roberts, organ

 

Giovanni Bassano
(c. 1558) – 1617)

Divisions on Susanna un jour

Jeremy West, cornett; Frances Kelly, double harp

 

Marco Marazzoli
(1602 – 1662)

Salutate il nuovo Aprile

Arianna Savall, soprano; Ricercar Concert, Philippe Pierlot, director

Sopra la rosa
(2002)

Alia Vox

7:50

Johann Christoph Friedrich Bach
(1732 – 1795)

Wachet auf

  1. Zion hört die Wächter singen
  2. Gloria sei dir gesungen
  3. Chorale: Gloria sei dir gesungen

The Choir of Trinity College, Cambridge; Andrew Lamb, organ; Richard Marlow, director

Bach Family Motets
(1997)

BMG

8:10

Monsieur de Sainte Colombe le Fils
(c. 1660 – 1720?)

Suite in Fa Majeur

  1. Prelude
  2. Allemande
  3. Courante
  4. Sarabande
  5. Gigue
  6. Gavotte
  7. Boree
  8. Minuet

Jordi Savall, bass viol

Mr. de Sainte Colombe le Fils: Pieces de viole

Alia Vox

8:30

Ludwig van Beethoven
(1770 – 1827)

Sonata No. 19 in G minor, Op. 49 No. 1 (1797?)

I.           Andante

II.         Rondo. Allegro

Sonata No. 20 in G Major, Op. 49 No. 2 (1795)

I.           Allegro, ma non troppo

II.         Tempo di Menuetto

Ronald Brautigam, fortepiano

Fortepiano by Paul McNulty, 2001, after Walther & Sohn, c. 1802

Beethoven: Early Vienna Sonatas
(2005)

BIS Records

8:50

Rebecca Clarke
(1886 – 1979)

Sonata for viola and piano (1919)

I.           Impetuoso

II.         Vivace

III.       Adagio – agitato

Garfield Jackson, viola; Martin Roscoe, piano

Amy Beach: Piano Quintet
(1995)

ASV Digital

9:10

Maurice Ravel
(1875 – 1937)

Piece in the form of a Habanera

Bill Booth, trombone; Bryan Pezzone, piano

Balancing Act
(2000)

Crystal Records

9:15

Ernesto Lecuona

Yo te quiero siempre (I will always love you)

Ari Shapiro, vocals; Nicholas Crosa, violin; Pink Martini, conducted by Thomas Lauderdale, piano

Pink Martini: Get Happy
(2014)

Heinz Records

 

Traditional

Până când nu te iubeam (Before I fell in love with you)

Storm Large, vocals; Pink Martini, conducted by Thomas Lauderdale, piano

 

Irving Berlin

What’ll I do?

China Forbes, vocals; Norman Leyden, clarinet; Pink Martini, conducted by Thomas Lauderdale, piano