Performing this Week
The Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival
Summer 2011 — Program 12
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Week 12 of our radio concerts featured two pieces. First, Allan Vogel, Jennifer Frautschi, Ralph Kirshbaum, and Kathleen McIntosh performed the Trio Sonata in G Minor for Oboe, Violin, & Continuo by Georg Philipp Telemann. After that, Benny Kim, Helen Nightengale, Michael Tree, Lily Francis, Gary Hoffman and Lynn Harrell got together to play Tchaikovsky's travelogue for string sextet, Souvenir de Florence.
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GEORG PHILIPP TELEMANN
Trio Sonata in G Minor for Oboe, Violin, & Continuo, TWV 42:g5 (1730)
- Allan Vogel, oboe
- Jennifer Frautschi, violin
- Ralph Kirshbaum, cello
- Kathleen McIntosh, harpsichord
Telemann came from a long line of Lutheran clergymen, but from an early age music was his passion. He learned to play violin, flute, keyboards and zither — and even wrote an opera — all before the precocious age of ten. His mother had other ideas about her son's career and sent him off to Leipzig University to study law. On the way there, however, Telemann met none other than Georg Friedrich Handel, a fateful encounter that engendered a lifelong friendship between the two men, and changed the course of young Georg Phillpp's life. While in school his musical talents won out, and after graduating third in his law school class, he went on to become one of Germany's most popular and prolific Baroque composers. Telemann composed a number of trio sonatas in varying keys, but the G Minor is the only one using the unusual combination of violin, oboe, and continuo.
PYOTR ILYICH TCHAIKOVSKY
Souvenir de Florence in D Major, Op. 70 (1892)
- Benny Kim, violin
- Helen Nightengale, violin
- Michael Tree, viola
- Lily Francis, viola
- Lynn Harrell, cello
- Gary Hoffman, cello
To regret the past, to hope in the future, and never to be satisfied with the present — this is my life.
Souvenir de Florence, Tchaikovsky's 1892 composition certainly reflects the place that inspired it. Like so many composers from intemperate climates, Tchaikovsky loved Italy and returned there often to work perhaps, as Kerry Frumkin and Marc Neikrug surmise, because he lived in a place that was nothing like it!
I am extremely proud to have just finished my own collaboration with Lynn Harrell. Songs My Father Taught Me is his musical memoir in which he looks back on his own career and on that of his father, bass-baritone Mack Harrell. This very special radio program is now available for broadcast. Contact us for more information.