The Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival
2008 — Week 8
Licht in der Nacht Light in the Night (text by Otto Julius Bierbaum); Die stille stadt The Quiet Town (text by Richard Dehmel;) Laue Sommernacht In Summer's Warm Night Sky (text by Gustav Falke;) Bei dir ist es traut With You I Feel Secure (text by Rainer Maria Rilke;) and Ich wandle unter Blumen I Wander Among the Flowers (text by Heinrich Heine)
Susanne Mentzer, Mezzo-Soprano, Craig Rutenberg, Piano
Host, Kerry Frumkin, and Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival Artistic Director, Marc Neikrug, discuss Alma Mahler's creativity and her relationships with the infamously creative men in her life. When Kerry wonders why she agreed to stop composing when Gustav Mahler forbade her to, Marc shares a poignant and personal insight that sheds a very interesting light on the subject.
Mezzo-soprano Susanne Mentzer is a great proponent of music by women composers such as Libby Larsen, Lili Boulanger, Clara Schumann, Rebecca Clarke, and Alma Mahler. Listen to her lovely CD, The Eternal Feminine (Koch International Classics 3-7506-2) and you'll find that to be true. Susanne explained to producer, Louise Frank, that she enjoys the songs of Alma Mahler in part because of how they express the tail end of a golden era.
In this clip, Susanne Mentzer describes how Alma Mahler's music conveys the powerful emotions of her chosen texts. She talks about some of the songs, and even hums a few bars...
Divertimento No. 17 in D Major, KV 334
Giora Schmidt, violin; L.P. How, violin; Carla-Maria Rodriguez, viola; Zuill Bailey, cello; Marji Danilow, double bass; Julie Landsman, horn; William Barnewitz, horn
It's called a Divertimento but it's so much more... Here host, Kerry Frumkin, and Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival Artistic Director, Marc Neikrug, discuss Mozart and the irony of the profound depth to be found within in this party music.
Julie Landsman has a great deal of respect and admiration for Artistic director Marc Neikrug, and as she says in this clip, she is happy to be part of the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival "team."