Performing this Week
Liang Wang, oboe
Marc Neikrug, piano
Daniel Phillips, violin
Anne-Marie McDermott, piano
Giora Schmidt, violin
Lily Francis, viola
Nicholas Canellakis, cello
The Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival
Summer 2010 — Week 5
Some rarities and great surprises can be found in Week 5 of our Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival broadcasts. Daniel Phillips and Anne-Marie McDermott play a short, little-known duo for violin and piano by Anton Bruckner called Abendklänge, or evening sounds... Giora Schmidt, Jennifer Frautschi, Lily Francis, Sophie Shao, and Nicholas Canellakis play music by Walter Braunfels. His String Quintet in F-sharp Minor, Op. 63 was composed in 1945 when the composer was living in internal exile in Germany; he continued to create, although the Nazis had banned his music.
The program begins with Marc's collaboration with Liang Wang, and a set of two brief instrumental song portraits for oboe and piano. Benjamin Britten wrote these "Two Insect Pieces" in 1935 for the oboist Sylvia Spencer, who had played in early performances of his Phantasy Quartet. The first performances of "The Grasshopper "and "The Wasp" did not take place during Britten's lifetime; it wasn't until 1979 that they were performed by Janet Craxton and Margot Wright as part of a memorial concert for Sylvia Spencer.
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Two Insect Pieces (1935)
- "The Grasshopper"
- "The Wasp"
Liang Wang, oboe; Marc Neikrug, piano
"Benjamin Britten was born November 22nd, 1913 in the house at 21, Kirkley Cliff Road, Lowestoft in Suffolk." Take a photo tour through this composer's life with your guide at the excellent classical music blog, On An Overgrown Path.
ANTON BRUCKNER (1824-1896)
Daniel Phillips, violin; Anne-Marie McDermott, piano
Violinist Daniel Phillips enjoys a versatile career as an established chamber musician, solo artist and teacher. When he's not performing he is Professor of Violin at the Aaron Copland School of Music.
WALTER BRAUNFELS (1882-1954)
String Quintet in F-sharp Minor, Op. 63 (1944-45)
- Scherzo: Vivace energico
- Finale-Rondo: Lento
- Allegro moderato
- Tempo di Rondo
Giora Schmidt, violin; Jennifer Frautschi, violin; Lily Francis, viola; Sophie Shao, cello; Nicholas Canellakis, cello
A SENSE OF EXILE is not always accompanied by geographical displacement. For those who failed to fulfill the Nazis' racial requirements, Germany itself presented an exile of sorts, as institutionalized intolerance, legalized discrimination and the incremental withdrawal of rights meant that it was possible to observe a familiar life without actually being able to participate in it. Such was the case for Walter Braunfels, a composer who lived in Germany through the war although his music was banned.
Commissioned by New York's 92nd Street Y, Marc Neikrug's Through Roses portrays the musical flashbacks of Carl Stern, a Jewish violinist and Holocaust survivor who had been forced to perform for the Nazis at Auschwitz - watching as others, including his wife, were marched to their deaths. Now, as he reconciles his past, Stern, alone in a nursing home, becomes a prisoner of his own overwhelming memories.
Read more about the time and place, and the internal exile of German composers during WWII.
About the musicians...