Fusing a wide range of emotional and musical ideas, Faure's chamber works hold similar roots to well known masterworks such as the Beethoven Piano Trio in C minor, and several of Haydn's later string quartets. Much like Beethoven, Faure lost his hearing in later years and his music often reflected an unique and, at the time, unheard of styling.
Tune in Monday to hear Faure's Piano Trio in D minor performed by the Horszowski Trio in their newest release.
Although born in England, composer Arnold Bax certainly drew wide thematic and cultural elements from the changing landscape of Europe. He lived briefly in Ireland and Ukraine, rooting himself in the deep traditions of Celtic and Russian sounds. Tune in Sunday to hear these rich traditions blended together in a performance of Bax's Second Symphony by the Royal Scottish National Orchestra.
In an effort to highlight Jewish composers that escaped Nazi controlled Europe, Daniel Hope's new release focuses on the Jewish influence on the film industry. Join me as I sit down with Daniel Hope and find out why he chose to explore "the golden age of film."
While beginning his composition career with lighthearted melodies from his Flemish youth, Jef Van Hoof later abandoned his upbeat and cheerful style in the face of a world at war. Writing his second symphony during the height of conflict in Western Europe, he inscribed at the front of his manuscript, "the whole world has gone - wiped from the face of the earth."
Tune in Thursday to hear Van Hoof's Second Symphony performed by the VRT Philharmonic.
Centuries after Bach wrote his final notes, musicians and audiences alike still revel in his mastery. Violinist Joshua Bell notes that, "Through his music we are given a glimpse of the essence of life itself... as if I have been given a tour through the entire range of human experience."
Tune in Tuesday to hear Bell tackle Bach's Violin Concerto No. 1 in A minor with the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields.
Stemming from the idea that life may again return to living solely in the ocean, John Luther Adam's new Pulitzer Prize winning composition Become Ocean highlights our past and poses a grim future. Tune in Sunday to hear the Seattle Symphony perform what music critic Alex Ross describes as, "... the loveliest apocalypse in musical history."
Almost all have heard the magnificent finale to Beethoven's final symphony, most commonly referred to as Ode to Joy. However, many are unaware of what music scholar Jurgen Otten describes as, "the little sister of the composer's last completed symphony." Tune in to hear Beethoven's precursor to his most beloved work, performed by the Mahler Chamber Orchestra and the Prague Philharmonic Choir.
Listen to it on Monday's Of Note with Katy Henriksen.
Joaquin Turina's music was not only influenced by the tumultuous time in which he lived, but also by the range of cultures he found himself a part of. Growing up in Seville, he was exposed to the culture center's rich history, but he also spent a great deal of time in Paris, Madrid, and much of southern Europe. Facing a world at war, Turina certainly understood the devastation of conflict, as the cultures he fused together through his music were so divided.
Retrospective, a three concert series highlighting the words of Soviet era composer Alfred Schnittke, premiers November 18th in UA's Giffels Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. Join me as I sit down with visiting players to find out why this concert poses a challenge for listeners and performers alike.
Retrospective, a three concert series featuring the music of Alfred Schnittke kicks off Tuesday, November 18 with a concert at UA's Giffels Auditorium. Featuring works ranging from chamber to film to solo this is a rare opportunity to hear the composer in a live setting. Listen to it on Friday's Of Note With Katy Henriksen.