Performing this Week

The Orion String Quartet: Todd Phillips, violin; Daniel Phillips, violin; Steven Tenenbom, viola; Timothy Eddy, cello
The Orion String Quartet: Todd Phillips, violin; Daniel Phillips, violin; Steven Tenenbom, viola; Timothy Eddy, cello

Tara Helen O’Connor, flute
Tara Helen O’Connor, flute

Liang Wang
Liang Wang

Ricardo Morales
Ricardo Morales

Milan Turkovic
Milan Turkovic

Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival

The Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival

Summer 2010 — Week 10

Welcome to the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival radio series production blog, home of program out takes, artist commentary, and other related tangents we like to call "web extras."

In Week 10 of our concerts from Santa Fe, flutist Tara Helen O'Connor shared the stage with oboe player Liang Wang, clarinetist Ricardo Morales, uber-bassoonist Milan Turkovic, and horn player Philip Myers to play Carl Nielsen's 1922 Wind Quintet in A Major. We also heard the Orion String Quartet performing a late quartet of Franz Joseph Haydn, a composer this ensemble holds in high esteem.

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Scroll below to hear how Orion cellist Tim Eddy fell in love with green chiles and why that's one of the things he misses most when he's away from Santa Fe, and also how violist Steven Tenenbom fell in love with chamber music. That and more, including commentary from the Festival's artistic director, Marc Neikrug...

Please enjoy these items rescued from the "cutting room floor" and the other things found along the way to creating the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival radio series.

Thanks for stopping by,
Louise Frank
Series Producer

Joseph Haydn, painting by Thomas Hardy, 1792 (Courtesy: Wikimedia.org)

Joseph Haydn, painting by Thomas Hardy, 1792 (Courtesy: wikimedia.org)

FRANZ JOSEPH HAYDN (1732-1809)
String Quartet No. 63 in B-flat Major, Op. 76, No. 4, "Sunrise" (1797)

Orion String Quartet: Todd Phillips, violin; Daniel Phillips, violin; Steven Tenenbom, viola; Timothy Eddy, cello

 

Here is the master of the string quartet absorbing influences around him and coming up with something that's even greater than what's happening in Vienna at that time. Marc Neikrug comments on Haydn's String Quartet No. 63 in B-flat Major, Op. 76, No. 4, the "Sunrise".

 

Joseph Haydn 2009 coin

Joseph Haydn 2009 coin

In 2009, Austria issued a 5 Euro coin commemorating the 200th Anniversiary of the Death of Joseph Haydn. The silver 5 Euro coin shows a portrait of the famous composer in profile. Across his chest stretches a bar of his music with the date "2009." To the right are two violins with his name "Joseph Haydn" and the dates of his life: 1732–1809. The official side of the nine-sided coin displays the shields of the nine Federal Provinces of Austria and the denomination of 5 Euros. (Curated content from austrian-mint.com)

 

Daniel Phillps shares his adoration of Haydn, and the "Sunrise" quartet.

 

"He seems to have had a rather sustained height of his powers, Haydn did..." so rhapsodizes Tim Eddy about Haydn and his music.

 

Family Music, Ages 6+, Steven Isserlis & Friends at 92Y: Q&A


Steven Isserlis, cellist and author of the books "Why Beethoven Threw the Stew" and "Why Handel Waggled His Wig," introduces young audiences to the lives and music of great composers. Recorded at New York's 92nd Street Y, here is a clip from one of his hour-long musical portraits. This one was all about Haydn and his music, and included performances by the Orion String Quartet and pianist Jeremy Denk.

 

Pfennig postage stamp, issued 8 September 1959 (Courtesy wikimedia.org)
Pfennig postage stamp, issued 8 September 1959 (Courtesy wikimedia.org)

 

When producer Louise Frank asked Tim Eddy what he misses about Santa Fe when he's not there, Tim Eddy told her about how he fell in love with green chiles, the ubiquitous ingredient in New Mexican cuisine.

 

Steve Tenenbom reveals his "aha" moment when "something kind of shot an arrow into the cupid" of his "heart of chamber music."

 

It's been a thread in my musical life for 31 years, the Santa Fe Festival. So many of the associations that started there in those early years have just continued to develop & bring me fulfillment & all kinds of projects, either at Santa Fe or elsewhere. And so it was on the streets of Santa Fe in fact, that Danny one day asked me if I would be interested in forming a quartet with him & his brother & a violist to be determined.

Orion String Quartet cellist Timothy Eddy on the origin of the group

 

The Orion String Quartet Plays Beethoven op.59 #3 (4th Mvt)


This is what the Orion Quartet looks and sounds like in action on the stage of the St. Francis Auditorium. Here is an excerpt from their performance of Beethoven's Quartet in C Major, op.59 #3 which was recorded live at the 2008 Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival. (Courtesy: Matthew Snyder Recordings)

Carl Nielsen, 1922 (The Carl Nielsen Society)

Carl Nielsen, 1922 (The Carl Nielsen Society)

CARL NIELSEN (1865-1931)
Wind Quintet, Op. 43 (1922)

Tara Helen O’Connor, flute; Liang Wang, oboe; Ricardo Morales, clarinet; Milan Turkovic, bassoon; Philip Myers, horn

British composer and musicologist Robert Simpson writes, "Nielsen’s fondness of wind instruments is closely related to his love of nature, his fascination for living, breathing things. He was also intensely interested in human character, and in the Wind Quintet composed deliberately for five friends; each part is cunningly made to suit the individuality of each player."

Nielsen himself provided a short description of the quintet. "The composer has here attempted to present the characteristics of the various instruments. Now they seem to interrupt one another and now they sound alone. The theme for these variations is the tune of one of Carl Nielsen’s spiritual songs, which is here made the basis of a number of variations, now gay and grotesque, now elegiac and solemn, ending with the theme itself, simply and gently expressed." (Thanks to fuguemasters.com for this.)

 

drawing of Carl Nielsen with the Copenhagen Wind Quintet

Drawing of Carl Nielsen with the Copenhagen Wind Quintet

This drawing of Carl Nielsen with the Copenhagen Wind Quintet was made in 1922 by P. E. Johannessen on the occasion of the first performance of Nielsen's Quintet. (Image pilfered with gratitude from the Carl Nielsen Society.)

 

Marc and Kerry discuss Neilsen's beautiful Wind Quintet, "a huge, sprawling piece for these five instruments."

 

Although he played a trumpet when he was younger, Neilsen was basically a violinist. But that didn't hinder him from composing this Quintet for winds. As Marc tells Kerry, you don't have to be Tiger Woods to know how to play golf, and that Nielsen must have been very good at imagining the feel and sound of the instruments for which he composed this piece.

 

Liang Wang describes his role in the Nielsen quintet, which calls for him to play the English horn as well as the oboe.

 

Carl Nielsen

Carl Nielsen (Source: Edition Wilhelm Hansen )

More about Carl Nielsen is available at the Carl Nielsen Society.

 

Agradecendo World Premiere


World Premiere of Jovino Santos Neto piece "Agradecendo" for piano and 2 flutes. Commissioned by the Cheswatyr Foundation in support of the inaugural year of Composers Now for a premiere performance at Symphony Space in New York City on Feb. 22, 2010. Jovino Santos Neto - piano, flute; Tara Helen O'Connor, flute; Alice Jones, flute. Filmed by Luzia Grob dos Santos.