What’s On Preview! | December 26, 2021


Traditional: O Come, O Come Emmanuel; Infant Holy, Infant Lowly; I Saw Three Ships; Good King Wenceslas
Ronn McFarlane, lute; Carolyn Surrick, viola da gamba; Jackie Moran, bodhran

CD: Flowerpot Productions 2021 A Star in the East – Ronn McFarlane and Carolyn Surrick with Jackie Moran

Ludwig van Beethoven: 7 Variations on Mozart’s “In Men Who Know the Feeling of Love”
Yo-Yo Ma, cello; Emanuel Ax, piano

This spring Yo-Yo Ma and Emanuel Ax re-visited the Beethoven works for cello and piano, after having first recorded them together 40 years ago. This evening they play the 7 Variations on “In Men Who Know the Feeling of Love,” which is based on an aria sung by Papageno, the birdcatcher in Mozart’s opera Magic Flute.

CD: Sony Classical 2021 Emanuel Ax & Yo-Yo Ma: Hope Amid Tears

Florence Price: String Quartet in A minor
Catalyst Quartet

This is a premiere recording of this recently re-discovered work.

CD: Azica 2021 Uncovered Vol. II, Florence B. Price — Catalyst Quartet, Michelle Cann, piano

Gustav Holst: This have I done for my true love, Op. 34 No. 1; Traditional: Wassail Song
The Sixteen, Harry Christophers

English choral conductor Harry Christophers founded The Sixteen in 1979. This latest release is one of the hundreds that the ensemble has released over the years.

CD: Coro 2021 Carol of the Bells / The Sixteen / Harry Christophers

Interview: Rob Kennedy speaks with William Terwilliger and Andrew Cooperstock about the music of Stephen Sondheim.

Stephen Sondheim, arr. Eric Stern: A Little Night Music, Suite for Violin and Piano, Opus Two

The ensemble Opus Two is comprised of William Terwilliger, violin, and Andrew Cooperstock, piano. This recording is based on Stephen Sondheim’s 1973 Tony-award-winning musical, A Little Night Music. Includes “Night Waltz”, “You Must Meet My Wife”, “A Weekend In The Country” and “Send In The Clowns”.

CD: Bridge 2021 Stephen Sondheim: A Little Night Music, Suite for Violin and Piano

W.A. Mozart: Symphony No. 38 in D, K. 504 “Prague”
North German Radio Philharmonic of Hannover, Andrew Manze

His background as a violinist and proponent of historically informed performance comes through in his conducting, and the start of the Prague Symphony, even though played on modern instruments,… — BBC Music Magazine, Christmas 2021.

CD: Pentatone 2021 W.A. Mozart: Symphonies Nos. 38 & 39

Frédéric Chopin: Andante Spianato & Grand Polonaise in E flat, Op. 22
Charles Richard-Hamelin, piano

Fluent, multifaceted and tonally seductive… a technician of exceptional elegance and sophistication”…BBC Music Magazine”

CD: Analekta 2021 Chopin: 24 Preludes/Andante Spianato and Grande Polonaise Brillant

Felix Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 3 in A minor, Op. 56 “Scottish”
Swedish Chamber Orchestra, Thomas Dausgaard

From his website: “Danish conductor Thomas Dausgaard is Music Director of the Seattle Symphony and Chief Conductor of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. He also holds titles as Conductor Laureate of the Swedish Chamber Orchestra.”

CD: BIS 2021 Mendelssohn Symphonies 1 & 3, “Scottish”

Rob Kennedy
December 26, 2021