Playlist 13 March

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Piece. Artist. CD title. Year. Label

String Quartet No. 3, Op. 27 “New York Suite”: IV. Redhook, NY. Sirius Quartet. Colors of the East. 2016. autentico music

From the Headwaters. West Shore Piano Trio. Garth Baxter: Resistance. 2019. Navona

Spiegel im Spiegel. Anne Akiko Meyers. Mirror in Mirror. 2018. AVIE Records

Miniatures, Book Three: Koans. Hannah Addario-Berry. Scordatura. 2016. Aerocade Music

Clarinetten-Liederkreis: II.. Largo appassionato. Linda Merrick & Kreutzer Quartet. Michael Finnissy: Six Sexy Minuets Three Trios and Other Works. 2018. Metier

Hermit Thrush. Quatuor Bozzini. Just So: Cassandra Miller. 2018. anothertimbre

Buddha of the Future: II. —. Summa Trio. Carl Vollrath: Souls in Transitions. 2019. Navona

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Playlist 6 March

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Piece. Artist. CD title. Year. Label

Six Miniatures: I. In Nomine all’ungherese (Damjanich emlékko). Tamsin Waley-Cohen. SOLI: Works for Solo Violin by Bartók, Penderecki, Benjamin, Carter and Kurtág. 2015. Signum Records

Kreisleriana I, II. Miranda Cuckson & Blair McMillen. Harold Meltzer. 2018. Bridge Records

Buddha of the Future: I. —. Summa Trio. Vollrath: Souls in Transitions. 2019. Navona

5 Taiwanese Folk Songs: No. 4, Rain Night Flower. Formosa Quartet. From Hungary to Taiwan. 2019. Bridge Records

Signs, Games & Messages: in Nomine (All’ongherese). Elisabeth Kufferath. Libero, fragile. 2017. Genuin

Strauss: Sonata in F Major Op 6: Andante ma non troppo. Marcy Rosen & Susan Walters. Cello Sonatas of Richard Strauss & Edward Grieg. 2018. Bridge Records

Trio II = 80. Rebecca Harris, Myanna Harvey, Cassia Harvey. David Carpenter: From the Valley of Baca. 2019. Navona

String Quartet No. 3, Op. 27 “New York Suite”: IV. Redhook, NY. Sirius Quartet. Colors of the East. 2016. autentico music

Cuarteto Casals violist Jonathan Brown on the March 1 program at Shannon Hall

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The Cuarteto Casals will perform Friday March 1 in Shannon Hall on the UW-Madison campus.

Cuarteto Casals was founded in 1997 at the Escuela Reina Sofia in Madrid. They are named after great 20th-century Catalan cellist Pau (Pablo) Casals.

Members of the quartet are Vera Martinez Mehner and Abel Tomas, violins; Jonathan Brown, viola; and Arnau Tomas, cello.

The group achieved international recognition after winning First Prizes at the London and Brahms-Hamburg competitions.

See this post in The Well-Tempered Ear.

I spoke by phone with quartet violist Jonathan Brown the evening before the Madison concert.  I asked what he found interesting about each off the pieces on the program.

Franz Joseph Haydn, String Quartet in C Major, op. 33, no. 3 (“The Bird”)

“Listen for the two-note motif at the beginning. Haydn weaves this through all four movements in a very subtle but clear way. The piece is surprising. It is unified, but has great contrast. The scherzo is sotto voce and the strings play in the lowest register. Then, in the trio, the two violins play in the highest register. The last movement has a fast folk dance that’s full of surprises. It really embodies what’s best about Haydn’s wit. And it’s touching. The slow movement is very beautiful and personal.”

Bela Bartok, String Quartet No. 3

“We wanted to draw a connection between the Austro-Hungarian music of the 18th century and Austro-Hungarian music of the 20th century. And in fact the two-note motive from the Haydn is used, in a totally different way, in the Bartok quartet. So I think Bartok was also very interested in not only folk-inspired music, as in the Haydn, but in music inspired by nature, bird calls and insects and so forth. The Bartok Third Quartet has certain similarities to Haydn, and at the same time, it’s a totally different language. So that pairing is a good example of what we look for in programming, in terms of continuity, but at the same time, very contrasting pieces.”

Henry Purcell, Fantasies for String Quartet (selected works)

“This is the earliest music that we play. It was written five years before J.S. Bach was born, which is extraordinary to think about. These pieces are early examples of the perfection of four-voice writing, and what’s possible. They’re harmonically daring, which is why we wanted to put them between the Bartok and Debussy, to show that, as complex or as innovative as composers had become by the 20th century, harmonically and contrapuntally speaking, in the 17th century–even before Bach’s time–composers were doing the same thing.

So in some ways, the most surprising piece on the program may be the Purcell Fantasies, which are incredibly beautiful and full of wrenchingly dissonant clashes as well.”

Claude Debussy, Quartet in G Minor, op. 10

“This is one of my favorite pieces to play. One reason we chose this piece is that, for the last two years,  we have been playing almost exclusively Beethoven. We have played the entire Beethoven cycle many times. We wanted something different, that would give us a breather from the concentrated intensity of Beethoven.  We were excited to play French music again, and Debussy. The name of this quartet was ‘the first quartet.’ So Debussy obviously had in mind, at some point, to write another quartet. But more specifically to this program, it’s another piece that begins with a motive in the beginning, like the Haydn and the Bartok, and the motive serves to unify the entire piece.

“We thought it would be interesting, after having started in Central Europe–Austria and Hungary in the first half of the concert–to go to the geographical margins of Europe, with works by English and French composers.”

 

Nota Bene. The quartet’s the first box set of the Beethoven cycle is available. The second box set will come out in March. Copies will be available at Friday’s concert.

 

 

Playlist 27 February

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Piece. Artist. CD title. Year. Label.

Tombs of Ancient Times: III. —. Summa Trio. Vollrath: Souls in Transitions. 2019. Navona

Veery. Quatuor Bozzini. Cassandra Miller. 2018. anothertimbre

Psalom. Cello Octet Amsterdam. Arvo Pärt. 2017. Cello Octet Amsterdam

Sonaquifer. Hannah Addario-Berry. Scordatura. 2016. Aerocade Music

Il y a longtemps. Nicholas Curie & Diana Greene. Garth Baxter: Resistance. 2019. Navona

Trio. III = 116. Rebecca Harris, Myanna Harvey, Cassia Harvey. From the Valley of Baca: The Chamber Music of David Harvey. 2019. Navona

Kurtag: Allegro con delicatezza. Keller Quartett. Cantante e tranquillo. 2015. ECM New Series

Playlist 20 February

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Piece. Artist. CD title. Year. Label.

Calor. Hannah Addario-Berry. Scordatura. 2016. Aerocade Music

Persiguiéndose. Lisa Collins & Joel Becktell. Paul Lombardi: Pieces of Mind & Matter – String Duets. 2019. Ravello Records

Trio. I = 126. Rebecca Harrris, Myanna Harvey, Cassia Harvey. David Carpenter: From the Valley of Baca. 2019. Navona

Paths Become Lines. Sirius Quartet. Paths Become Lines. 2016. autentico music

The Hours (Arr. Michael Riesman): Movement II. Cello Octet Amsterdam & Maki Namekawa. Philip Glass: Motion Picture. 2018. Orange Mountain Music

Could You Dream What I Dream. Nicholas Currie & Diana Greene. Garth Baxter: Resistance. 2019. Navona

Playlist 13 February

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Piece. Artist. CD title. Year. Label.

String Quartet No. 4, Sz. 91: I. Allegro. Formosa Quartet. From Hungary to Taiwan. 2019. Bridge Records

Tombs of Ancient Times: II. —. Summa Trio. Vollrath: Souls in Transitions. 2019. Navona

Grieg: Sonata in A minor: andante molto tranquillo. Marcy Rosen & Susan Walters. Cello Sonatas of Richard Strauss & Edward Grieg. 2018. Bridge Records

Dragon Rite (Version Without Percussion). James Bergman. Michael Byron: Fabric for String Noise – EP. 2019. Cold Blue Music

On the Nature of Daylight. Cello Octet Amsterdam. Tr8cks. 2015. Cello Octet Amsterdam

Kreisleriana I, II. Miranda Cuckson & Blair McMillen. Harold Meltzer, Songs and Structures. 2018. Bridge Records

Cloud Trio: IV. Tranquillo ma sempre molto espressivo. Jennifer Koh. Saariaho x Koh. 2018. Cedille

Playlist 6 February

h addario berry

Piece. Artist. CD title. Year. Label

Lands End. Hannah Addario-Berry Scordatura. 2016. Aerocade Music

Metamorphosis II (Arr. for Violin and Piano). Anne Akiko Meyers. Mirror in Mirror. 2018. AVIE Records

Piano Trio, Op. 2: II.. Tranquillo. The Backman Trio. Fantasia: British and Finnish Piano Trios. 2014. Fuga

String Quartet No. 3, Op. 27 “New York Suite”: V. Ground Zero. Sirius Quartet. Colors of the East. 2016. autentico music

Silouan’s Song. Cello Octet Amsterdam. Arvo Pärt. 2018. Cello Octet Amsterdam

Phosphorescent. David Schepps & Mark Tatum. Paul Lombardi: Pieces of Mind & Matter – String Duets. 2019. Ravello

Piano Trio: II. Fiery Red. Lincoln Trio. Notable Women. 2011. Cedille

Leaving. Quatuor Bozzini. Cassandra Miller. 2018. anothertimbre