Genre: Music, Classical, Chamber Music
Length: 59 minutes
Frequency: 13 weeks
Delivery Type: PRX and CD
Optional Breaks: One
Segment Count: 2 segments
Air Window: March 31, 2015 – March 31, 2016
Host: Kerry Frumkin
Commentary: Marc Neikrug
Producer: Louise Frank
Recording Engineer: Matt Snyder
Underwriter: Ira N. Langsan & Lillian Langsan Fund in memory of Susan Black National Endowment for the Arts
The WFMT Radio Network invites your listeners to travel to Santa Fe, New Mexico through the sounds of thirteen new one-hour radio concerts from theSanta Fe Chamber Music Festival. Now in its ninth season, the program has been broadcast across the United States and around the world.
One of the world’s leading performing arts festivals, the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival is known for its enduring commitment to tradition, artistic excellence, innovation, and vision. Our weekly radio series reflects the Festival’s high standards and varied repertoire by presenting superbly recorded concerts and recitals by some of today’s greatest musical artists.
The 2015 Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival radio series features performances recorded in 2014 in Santa Fe, New Mexico during this celebrated music festival’s 42nd summer season. Each broadcast hour typically contains two full-length works representing chamber music’s core repertoire. The Festival also remains dedicated to lesser known composers and compositions, and to commissioning new works.
Veteran WFMT announcer Kerry Frumkin hosts the series along with Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival artistic director, Marc Neikrug. Many of the performers provide additional commentary as they describe their experiences at the Festival and the music they’ve played here.
Here are some highlights from the 2015 Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival radio series:
- Pianist Yefim Bronfman is the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival’s 2014 Artist-in-Residence. He opens this tenth season of radio broadcasts with the Piano Quintet in F Minor of Johannes Brahms, which he performs with violinists Martin Beaver and Benny Kim, violist Milena Pajaro-van de Stadt, and cellist Eric Kim. In Week 2, Martin Beaver, Benny Kim and Yefim Bronfman play Beethoven’s “Archduke” Piano Trio in B-flat Major.
- The Festival commissions new works each season. In week 9, soprano Tony Arnold and the Orion String Quartet are heard in the U.S. Premiere of the String Quartet No. 2, “And once I played Ophelia,” by the Australian composer and former violist in the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Brett Dean.
- In Week 11, the New York Philharmonic’s principal oboe, Liang Wang, collaborates with violinist Benny Kim, New York Philharmonic principal violistCynthia Phelps, and cellist Ronald Thomas to play Mozart’s Oboe Quartet in F Major, K. 370. Also in the series, Daniel Phillips demonstrates his affection for the violin sonatas of Heinrich Ignaz Franz Von Biber, and Tara Helen O’Connor plays a beautiful Poulenc flute sonata.
- Artistic Director, Marc Neikrug, says that many pieces this season reflect the sense of how time flows for certain composers. Examples include Hommage à Mihály András, 12 Microludes for String Quartet, Op. 13 by György Kurtág;Rain Spell by Tōru Takemitsu; and the String Quartet No. 3, Op. 46 of Viktor Ullmann.
- Above all, the 13-week series celebrates many of the chamber repertoire’s most enduring gems. These include the Mozart Divertimento in E-flat Major; two of Bach’s celebrated Brandenburg Concertos, No. 2 in F Major and No. 6 B-flat Major; Quartet for the End of Time by Oliver Messiaen; and the Piano Quintet in A Major, Op. 81 by Antonín Dvořák. Violinist William Preucil, violistHsin-Yun Huang, cellist Mark Kowsower and pianist Alessio Bax bring the series to a conclusion with their performance of the Brahms Piano Quartet No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 25.
Other repertoire comes from composers Bohuslav Martinu, Georg Philipp Telemann, Ástor Piazzolla, Felix Mendelssohn, Zoltán Kodály, Carl Maria Von Weber, Sergei Rachmaninoff, and others.
Some of the many outstanding performers heard in this series are violinistsBenjamin Beilman, Jennifer Frautschi, Jennifer Gilbert, Jessica Lee, Kathleen Brauer, L.P. How, Todd Phillips and William Preucil; bassoon playerChristopher Millard; violists Brett Dean; Choong-Jin Chang; Cynthia Phelps;Ida Kavafian; Milena Pajaro-van de Stadt; Hsin-Yun Huang and Steven Tenenbom; cellists Clive Greensmith; Eric Kim; Joseph Johnson; Mark Kosower;Peter Stumpf; Ronald Thomas and Timothy Eddy; clarinetists Alan Kay,Carol McGonnell, David Shifrin and Todd Levy; pianists Yefim Bronfman, Alessio Bax,Inon Barnatan, Pei-Yao Wang and Ran Dank; soprano Tony Arnold; trumpeterCaleb Hudson; double bassist Leigh Mesh, and quartets the Dover Quartet, theJohannes String Quartet and Orion String Quartet.
Full program listings and sound samples, along with artist biographies and photos, are available at blogs.wfmt.com/santafe.