Tara Helen O'Connor
Orion String Quartet
The Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival
2008 — Week 2
Sextet in B flat for Piano and Winds, Op. 6
Tara Helen O'Connor, flute; Liang Wang, oboe; Ricardo Morales, clarinet; Milan Turkovic, bassoon; Julie Landsman, French horn; Jon Nakamatsu, piano
Californian JON NAKAMATSU is a sweet fellow and a fabulous piano player. He gained immediate international attention in 1997 when he was awarded the Gold Medal at the Tenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. A former high-school German teacher, Jon has since pursued a busy performing career, appearing in recitals and with major orchestras throughout the world. His playing is acclaimed for its combination of effortless virtuosity and elegant singing piano sound. For a good example, listen to his recent CD of Brahms Clarinet Sonatas, recorded with Jon Manasse for Harmonia Mundi. And if you like, you can visit Jon on the internet at www.jonnakamatsu.com.
One of today's few internationally revered bassoon soloists, MILAN TURKOVIC, is member of the Concentus Musicus of Vienna, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center in New York, and the Ensemble Wien-Berlin, which he founded in 1983. After all those years he has grown particularly fond of the Ensemble Wien-Berlin, having developed some strong bonds, both musically and personally, with the other wind players in that group. This was Milan's first time at the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival. He had a great time, and said that performing with the musicians assembled by Artistic Director, Marc Neikrug, was the first time a “pick up group” didn't make him miss his musical collaborators back home. You can visit Milan's website: www.milanturkovic.com.
String Quartet No. 16 in F Major, Op. 135
Orion String Quartet: Daniel Phillips, Todd Phillips, Steven Tenenbom, Timothy Eddy
"Beethoven's way is to create themes that are potent in character, and, by developing them with his fertile imagination, craft a storyline that captivates the listener and gives an experience that far transcends ordinary human life. His music runs the gamut from the trivial to the cosmic, and sometimes, and sometimes, like the first movement of Op. 135, one isn't sure which it is. But there it is – music that is clearly one of the pinnacles of Western civilization."
Orion String Quartet violinist, Daniel Phillips, from his article entitled, BEETHOVEN AND I: A LOVE/HATE RELATIONSHIP, which was printed in the Santa Fe Chamber Music 2007 season program book.