Performing this Week
Victor Santiago Asuncion
The Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival
Summer 2011 — Program 8
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Week 9 of the 2011 season of radio broadcasts was about the pleasure of discovery -- which thanks to artistic director Marc Neikrug, happens frequently here at Santa Fe! We had these two incredible, very satisfying, though virtually unknown pieces from the early 20th century, both by composers who are fairly obscure today.
Bella Hristova, Giora Schmidt & Victor Santiago Asuncion played the Suite for Two Violins and Piano, opus 71 by Moritz Moszkowski. After that, Cho Liang Lin collaborated with Jennifer Gilbert, Hsin-Yin Huang, Peter Stumpf and Jeremy Denk for a performance of Renaldo Hahn's Piano Quintet in F-Sharp Minor.
Morris Moszkowski was quite popular in his time. His catalog includes more than two hundred compositions including many small scale piano pieces, piano and violin concerti, orchestral suites, a symphony, a ballet, an opera, and, of course, this Suite for two Violins and Piano. So beloved were the man and his music that, in 1921, more than a dozen pianists gathered at Carnegie Hall to present a “monster concert” to benefit the composer who had fallen on hard times at the end of his life.
Despite the fact that Reynaldo Hahn was born in Venezuela in 1874, he is considered a French composer, having moved to Paris at the age of three. He is best known for his art songs which are quite beautiful, and for the full life he led. Massenet considered him a genius. He had close relationships with Marcel Proust and Sarah Bernhardt, and was very much a part of the vibrant Parisian arts scene of his day. How could those experiences not help but influence Hahn's music?
Explore below to find excerpts from Kerry Frumkin and Marc Neikrug's conversation about this week's program, as well as some remarks from some of the artists.
I hope you enjoy perusing these items rescued from the “cutting room floor” and the other things found along the way to creating this broadcast from the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival radio programs.
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PS - These nationally syndicated radio concerts of the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival can be heard in the Chicago area Saturdays at 5pm, from April through June 2011, on 98.7 WFMT. You can also listen anywhere there's Internet. WFMT provides free, live streaming at wfmt.com and via a free, downloadable app for your iPhone.
Suite for Two Violins & Piano in G Minor, Op. 71 (ca. 1900-1910)
- Giora Schmidt, violin
- Bella Hristova, violin
- Victor Santiago Asuncion, piano
Series music producer Matt Snyder sometimes records video in addition to sound. Here are Giora Schmidt, violin; Bella Hristova, violin; and Victor Santiago Asuncion, piano performing Moszkowski's Suite for Two Violins & Piano in G minor, Op. 71, recorded Live at the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival 2010.
Piano Quintet in F-sharp Minor (1921)
- Cho-Liang Lin, violin
- Jennifer Gilbert, violin
- Hsin-Yin Huang, viola
- Peter Stumpf, cello
- Jeremy Denk, piano
"Everything I have ever done has always been thanks to Reynaldo.”
Cho-Liang Lin is the internationally acclaimed violinist who, for the past ten summers, has presided over another popular chamber music festival, La Jolla Music Society's SummerFest. I asked him what makes the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival stand out from the rest.
For More Information on these artists visit them on the web and on Twitter:
- Giora Schmidt: gioraschmidt.com and Twitter: @gioraschmidt
- Victor Santiago Asuncion: victorasuncion.com and Twitter: @collaboratorvic
- Peter Stumpf: laphil.com
- Cho-Liang Lin: cholianglin.com and Twitter: @ChoLiangLin
- Jeremy Denk: jeremydenk.net
- Bella Hristova: bellahristova.com and Twitter: @blabsy13